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El Al Crash Death Toll Put at 67 As Body of Israeli is Flown Home

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The body of an Israeli woman killed in the crash of an El Al cargo jet last week was being flown home for burial this week as the number of victims was again revised downward, to 67.

Anat Levy Salomon, wife of an El Al security officer in Amsterdam, had been flying home Oct. 4 for a wedding when the Boeing 707 smashed into two Amsterdam apartment buildings. The remains of the three crew members have not yet been recovered, contrary to previous reports.

Close to 13,000 people attended a memorial service here Sunday for the victims of the crash, who were mostly immigrants from Ghana and the Netherlands Antilles.

Authorities were unable to identify 31 bodies, which will be buried in a mass grave.

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Kessar spoke at the service, which was attended by former Queen Juliana, Crown Prince Willem Alexander, Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers and most members of the Dutch Cabinet.

Amsterdam Mayor Ed van Thijn and representatives of the countries of origin of the victims also attended.

Dutch cantor Hans Bloemendal read Psalm 23 and Rabbi Lodi van den Kamp recited the Yizkor and Kaddish memorial prayers during the service.

The cause of the crash is still unclear. But the flight-data recorder is yielding more data than expected at the American National Transportation Safety Board, according to news reports.

Trouble that began in a right-wing engine apparently set off a chain reaction that caused the crash of the jumbo jet, causing a death toll originally estimated as high as 250. One of the two starboard engines that fell off the plane has been recovered.

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