Rescuers hunt missing plane

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Greek rescue teams struggling to overcome rugged terrain covered with snow and low cloud had failed by nightfall yesterday to find a missing Ukrainian airliner with 70 people aboard. Search teams stretched across a mountainous region to the south-west of Salonika scaled back operations as darkness fell.

The Russian-built Yakovlev-42 plane disappeared from radar screens late on Wednesday as it prepared to land at Salonika after a flight from Kiev via Odessa.