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Cypriot Plane Crashes, Killing 121

A Helios Airways 737 enroute from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Athens crashed in the mountains outside Athens on Sunday, killing all 121 on board.  News organizations are reporting that the plane appears to have lost cabin pressure prior to the incident, as passengers were found still wearing oxygen masks.  Greek F-16s followed the aircraft after it lost contact with air traffic control and noted that it appeared the co-pilot was unconscious and the pilot was not visible.  Initial speculation focuses on the air conditioning system but as I always say when there’s an accident, it’ll be a year or so before we know what happened.

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