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200 feared dead in Brazilian airline crash

18 July 2007

A Brazilian TAM airliner skidded off a runway on landing at a Sao Paulo airport on Tuesday and crashed into a building, bursting into flames and killing up to 200 people, according to one official.

“‘There’s 200 killed over there,'” Manuel Antonio da Silva Araujo, a colonel in Sao Paulo’s fire department said, according to the online edition of the Folha de Sao Paulo daily. He said none of the 176 people aboard Tam Airlines Flight 3054 could have survived such a crash.

Late in the night, 16 people who were in the building at the time of the crash were confirmed dead, with 12 more injured, officials said as rescue operations continued.


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