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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 December, 2003, 22:53 GMT
In pictures: Benin air crash
Debris on Cotonou beach
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The chartered plane, Boeing 727, crashed on take-off at Benin's Cotonou airport and fell into the Gulf of Guinea, killing at least 90 people.
Rescuers at the site of the crash
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Rescuers and onlookers rushed into the sea to recover bodies and bring survivors to the shore.
Wreckage washed up on the beach
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The plane was bound for Beirut, carrying mostly Lebanese people returning home for Christmas.
Survivors
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Miraculously, at least 18 survived the crash - it was not clear how many people were on the plane.
Arrivals screen at Beirut airport on 25 December
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In Beirut, relatives waited anxiously for any news from UTA flight 141.
Grieving Lebanese relatives
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Many families were later told that their loved ones were among the dead.






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