Sat, Mar 08, 2003
Flight Apparently Never Got Off The Ground
An apparent engine fire on board an Air Algerie passenger jet
may have caused it to crash in flames Thursday. One person
survived; 102 people were killed according to Algeria's Transport
The Boeing 737-200 crashed at the end of the runway in
Tamanrasset, 1,000 miles south of Algiers, sliding into the
airport's perimeter fence and bursting into flames.
"The plane was picking up speed when one of the engines caught
fire," Interior Minister Nourredine Zerhouni said Friday.
Ninety-seven passengers and six crew members were killed. One
passenger, a young soldier, survived.
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