Thursday, September 3, 1998 Published at 17:48 GMT 18:48 UK
No survivors in Canada air crash
Rescue workers bring a body ashore
Swissair says there are no survivors from the airliner which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was en route from New York's John F Kennedy Airport to Geneva when it plunged into the water at night.
Local authorities said weather in the area had been good, with clear skies and relatively calm seas.
But as dawn broke hopes of finding any survivors had faded. At least 38 bodies have been recovered from the water, but the search is being hampered by increasingly choppy seas and strong winds.
Divers are being used to search for the plane's "black box" flight recorder.
UN officials among the dead
The remainder included: 30 French, 28 Swiss, six Britons, three Germans, three Italians and two Greeks.
There was also one passenger from each of: Saudi Arabia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iran, Spain, St Kitts and Russia.
The United Nations has announced that between six and 10 officials from UN offices around the world were on the flight.
The Director-General of the UN in Geneva, Bladimere Pritroski, said that he was profoundly shocked by the tragedy and that the UN flag would fly at half mast from Friday.
Relatives of the dead who went to the airports in Geneva and New York were offered counselling.
Planes are also being laid on to transport them from Geneva and Zurich to Halifax on Thursday night.
Smoke in cockpit
He reported smoke in the cockpit, before losing radio contact with air traffic controllers.
The plane disappeared off the radar screen at about 0230 BST on Thursday, approximately one hour after take-off. It reportedly dumped tons of fuel along the shoreline before crashing.
A local woman spoke of hearing a plane moments before her house shook "as if something had bumped into it". Another said she had heard a big explosion.
The Swiss Transport Minister, Moritz Leuenberger, said the smoke on the plane could have come from one of the engines, from the hold where freight is stored or from an electrical failure.
The Executive Vice President of Swissair, Georges Schorderet, said the plane had been in a "perfect working state". It was too soon to say exactly what had gone wrong, he said.
The Vice President of the airline, Walter Vollenwieder, said the company had not withdrawn its other MD-11 planes from service after the crash.
"There wasn't any reason to," he said.
"This is a difficult day for us all and for our country," he said.
The price of shares of the airline's parent company, Sair, fell by 12% in morning trading in Zurich on Thursday following news of the crash.