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OVER 200 members of staff at Spanair's headquarters at Palma airport held a minute's silence at midday yesterday in memory of the 154 people who died in the Madrid air crash exactly a year ago.

At 2.20 pm, the time of the tragic crash, a minute's silence was also held at Palma airport.
The two pilots were from Palma and a mass was held yesterday evening at the Basilica de Sant Francesc in Palma while throughout the day, a series of tributes and commemorative acts were held in Barcelona and the Canaries - the destination of Spanair flight JF3022.

A private service was also held in a white tent set up on a grassy area outside Madrid's terminal T-2, from which the MD-82 took off.
It crashed minutes later after failing to get fully airborne, and burst into flames.
At the crash site, a stream at the bottom of an embankment near the end of the runway, a monolith with names of passengers killed or injured was being unveiled next to an olive tree planted in their memory.

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