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59 DIE AS ROMANIAN JET CRASHES IN SLEET STORM

A jetliner flown by the Romanian airline Tarom crashed today in a sleet storm near Bucharest's airport shortly after takeoff, killing all 59 people on board.

The plane, identified as an Airbus A310, was headed for Brussels, Belgium.

It crashed just after 9 a.m. near the village of Balotesti, 13 miles outside Bucharest, just north of the capital's international airport, Otopeni.

The jet had 49 passengers, including three Americans, on board and 10 crew members, Tarom said in a statement. The airline said there were no survivors and that the reason for the crash was not immediately known. Names of victims were not immediately released.

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