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Friday, 22 August 2008

Spain mourns victims of the aircrash at Barajas Madrid airport

Madrid yesterday declared three days of mourning in memory of the 153 killed in the Spanair air disaster at Barajas Airport Madrid. Madrid Council also observed five minutes of silence in the Plaza de Cibeles yesterday.

So far 49 of the 153 victims of the crash have been identified by forensics teams and it is hoped to identify the remainder over the course of the next few days. It is hoped to hold an official funeral sometime next week for all the victims, once all or most of them have been identified.

I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those who perished in this disaster.

I hope too that at least some of the few who survived the crash will be able to recover from their injuries, some of which I understand to have been extremely severe.

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