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Cypriot Airliner Crashes in Greece


Greek authorities say there are no survivors from the crash of a Cypriot airliner that went down near Athens Sunday with 121 people on board.

Helios Airways flight 522 was approaching Athens when it slammed into a mountainous area about 40 kilometers northeast of the Greek capital.

Cypriot officials say there is no indication the crash was caused by terrorism.

Greek authorities suspect the crash was caused by a sudden loss of cabin pressure that deprived the six crew members and 115 passengers of oxygen.

Greek television says a passenger sent a mobile text message to his cousin, saying the pilot had turned blue in the face, and that the passengers were freezing.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane about 90 minutes before the crash. Military pilots sent up to escort the airliner said they could see no sign of life in the cockpit.

The Boeing 737 twin-engine jet originated in Larnaca, Cyprus and was bound for Prague after a planned stop in Athens.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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