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147 killed in plane crash at Madrid airport

MADRID, Spain (AP) - A Spanish emergency rescue official says there are only 26 survivors after an airliner with 173 people aboard crashed on takeoff from Madrid's airport.

The official with the SAMUR municipal rescue service gave the toll after touring the site of Wednesday's crash.

The official told AP the rest of the people on the plane have been given up for dead. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules that barred him from giving his name.

The Spanair jet was bound for the Canary Islands.

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