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Relatives of Brazil Crash Victims Stage Protest


Relatives of people killed in Tuesday's airliner crash in Brazil gathered Sunday near Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport to protest air safety problems and the slow process of identifying the victims.

Some lay down on a roadway near the crash site to demonstrate their frustration. Authorities said Sunday 53 of the 189 victims had been identified. Officials said the condition of the victims' remains has slowed the identification process.

Others called for improvement in Brazil's air safety record.

On Tuesday, a TAM Airlines Airbus A320 ran off the end of a runway, hit a building, and burned. Everyone on the plane and several people on the ground were killed.

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised a thorough investigation. In a speech Friday, Mr. Lula acknowledged the country's aviation system is undergoing difficulties, but he said it complies with all international standards.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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