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Hunt for air crash victims.

RESCUE teams were searching for bodies in the sea off Sicily yesterday after an airliner crashed killing at least 13 people.

The twin-engined turbo-prop went down 10 miles off the coast.

Officials said 23 people had been rescued and three were missing. The passengers were mostly Italian tourists.

The Tuninter ATR-72 had been heading from Bari, Italy, for the Tunisian resort of Djerba when the alarm was raised on Saturday.

Pilot Chafik Gharbi told air traffic controllers he had to ditch because the engines had lost power. He was badly hurt in the crash.

Last night, survivor Rosanna Di Cesare, 36, said: 'I was suddenly under the water with pieces of wreckage in front of my face.

'I could see a dead man floating in front of me.'

She said she survived by clinging to a floating suitcase.

Roberto Fusco, 24, said: 'It was very fast. I took a breath of air then felt the water rushing onto me. I took off my seatbelt and was able to make my way to the surface.'

He held on to the plane's wing until he was saved
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