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In pictures: Madrid's plane crash

Tailfin of plane

More than 150 people have died after a plane veered off the runway during take-off at Madrid's international airport.

Body of plane

The jet crashed into a ravine alongside the runway and broke up, setting light to the surrounding dry vegetation.

A helicopter dumps water at the site of the crash

Helicopters dumped water on the burning wreckage of the MD-82, which came to rest in a field at the end of the Terminal Four runway.

An injured passenger is taken to hospital in Madrid

Teams of rescue workers transported the injured to hospital, as early reports of the death toll continued to rise.

Emergency rescue vehicles at the site of the plane crash

Dozens of ambulances and fire engines were at the scene within minutes, to try to rescue passengers of Spanair flight 5022, bound for Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

A relative of crash victims arrives at the Barajas airport in Madrid

Distraught friends and relatives soon gathered at Barajas airport in Madrid, desperately waiting for news of their loved ones.

A relative of crash victim speaks on the phone at the Las Palmas airport in the Canary Islands

News of the accident began to reach relatives waiting at Las Palmas airport in the Canary Islands.

Ambulances and rescue workers gather near the site where a Spanair plane crashed

Later on Wednesday, the site of the crash was hidden from view behind a line of emergency vehicles.

A plane takes off near the Spanair crash site

Planes were again taking off from the airport on Wednesday afternoon. An investigation is under way, but it may be some time before the cause of the crash is known.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at Barajas airport, Madrid (20/08/2008)

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero cut short his holiday to meet grieving relatives at the airport and thanked rescue workers involved in what he called "this great tragedy".

Many dead in Madrid plane crash
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