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US Air Crash: 'I woke up early just to greet them'.

Relatives of passengers on board American Airlines Flight 587 sobbed and fell to their knees in grief after hearing the flight bound for the Dominican Republic, a Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation, crashed shortly after take-off.

'Oh my God,' screamed Miriam Fajardo, after being told that her sister, Norma Lilian Baloi, and three nephews were aboard the flight. 'I hadn't seen them in eight years. Now they are gone.'

The flight had been due to arrive at Santo Domingo's Las Americas International Airport at 4.51pm GMT.

'Not the child, please not the child,' sobbed Germania Brito who was waiting for her sister, Mariana Flores, her sister's husband, John, and their two-year-old son Isaias. 'May God help us all.'

'I woke up early just to greet them,' said Melida Reinoso who had gone to the airport to meet her husband and son. 'Why did this happen?'

'He's dead,' said Rafael Almonte, talking of his brother Juan Bautista Almonte. 'I can't believe this is happening.'
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 13, 2001
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