MADRID , Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The nation of Spain mourned Thursday the deaths of 153 people in a plane crash in the capital that left only 19 survivors.
Three days of mourning have been declared following Wednesday's crash of the Spanair MD 82 plane, El Pais reported online.
Investigators have been sent to the site of the crash.
The flight taking off from Madrid and bound for Las Palmas in the nearby Canary Islands crashed shortly after takeoff, witnesses and emergency officials said.
The plane's left jet engine caught on fire on takeoff, according to witnesses.