Madrid Plane Crash Survivor Speaks Out

MADRID, SPAIN (AP) – A woman who survived the plane crash in Madrid says the aircraft struggled to gain altitude and one of its wing dipped sharply before the plane went down.

Ligia Palomino Riveros tells The Associated Press that after a technical malfunction forced the pilot to abandon a first takeoff attempt Wednesday, she was under the impression that the airline was going to switch planes.

She says two buses had been brought in next to the Spanair MD-82 bound for the Canary Islands and she thought these were to take passengers to another plane. They did not.

Wednesday's crash killed 153 people. Only 19 people aboard the plane survived.

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