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FOUR Britons are believed to be among 72 passengers killed in last night's plane crash near Diyarbakir airport in south-eastern Turkey. David Haste from Glasgow, Christopher Ring land from Manchester and C Holtom, also from Manchester, are all ``missing, presumed dead''. Turkish Airlines named the fourth man as Muhammed-Nazmul Haque from London.

They were on board the RJ-100 aircraft heading to Istanbul when it came down in dense fog. A spokeswoman for Turkish Airlines said: ``We believe that Mr Ring land and Mr Holtom were friends.'' Five people are believed to have survived the crash, which left twisted metal and luggage scattered for 800 yards.

But there were no survivors from yesterday's commuter plane crash in North Carolina, USA. The aircraft crashed into a maintenance hangar while taking off with 21 people on board at Charlotte/Douglas international airport. ``The plane is so destroyed there's not much to see,'' said a police spokesman.

``The debris is in such bad shape.'' Nineteen passengers and two crew were on the crashed Air Midwest Flight 5481, a Beech 1900 twin -engine turboprop, for the short flight to South Carolina. Two people on the ground are also unaccounted for.


WRECKED: The Turkish jet on which at least 72, including four Britons, died when it crashed last; night in dense fog. Bottom right, one of the survivors, Celal Tokmak in a hospital in Turkey; BURNED OUT: The smouldering remains of the North Carolina commuter plane on; which at least 21 people died yesterday when it crashed into a hangar on takeoff
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2003
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