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Passenger on Doomed Flight Denied Exit

Crew refused to let concerned man out before Madrid takeoff

(Newser) - The cabin crew of the Spanish flight which crashed on take-off yesterday denied a passenger’s request to leave the plane after it experienced technical problems, the Times of London reports. The man texted his wife about the plane’s malfunctions two hours before the accident at Madrid’s airport,... More »

153 Dead, 19 Survivors: 'Closest Thing to Hell'

MD-82 had technical issues earlier in the day; sister jet also had problems

(Newser) - The death toll from today's crash of a jetliner in Madrid reached 153—with only 19 survivors—as investigators sought to figure out what happened. The Spanair plane had aborted one takeoff because of an unspecified technical glitch, and passengers were warned they might have to disembark and change aircraft,... More »

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