SCMP Wednesday, November 14, 2001


Desperate relatives seek answers

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Santo Domingo

As many as 500 relatives of passengers on the crashed plane rushed a part of the airport in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic seeking information on their loved ones.
Two people apparently suffered heart trouble upon hearing news of the fate of the jet bound for the Caribbean nation.
Police were forced to close the entrances to the airport and implement emergency security measures, according to witnesses. Authorities made part of the airport available for families and were preparing to hold a press conference.
Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia told reporters he was saddened by the incident, but declined to offer any further details about the plane's passengers, saying he was awaiting more information from the consulate in New York.
No matter the number, he lamented ''any event that results in the loss of a single human life''.