August 23, 2008

Airport Will Be Unaffected

There are no delays expected at Exeter International Airport this weekend as a result of the Madrid plane crash.

The incident, which happened on Wednesday at the Barajas Airport, saw only 19 people survive and 153 passengers and crew lose their lives.

A Spanair flight is due to depart from Exeter tomorrow afternoon. Stephen Ayres, communications manager for Exeter International Airport, said: "We do not envisage any problems over the weekend relating to the incident in Madrid."

Among the survivors were three children, aged six, eight and 11, who escaped after their holiday jet swerved off the runway and crashed in flames.

As investigations continued into the cause of the crash, Spain declared three days of mourning. Flags in Madrid flew at half-mast and the king and queen planned to visit a makeshift morgue where relatives waited to claim the remains of their loved ones.

At least 25 bodies have been identified so far and it could take several days to complete the task because many were burned beyond recognition and forensic teams are having to use DNA techniques.

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