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Spanish jet makes unscheduled landing

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  • Spanair MD-82 makes unscheduled landing at airport in southern Spain
  • Incident comes just five days after Spanair MD-82 crashed at Madrid's airport
  • Death toll from Wednesday's crash now 154
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From CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman
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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A Spanair MD-82 jet made an unscheduled landing at an airport in southern Spain Sunday, just five days after another MD-82 operated by the airline crashed at Madrid's airport killing 154 people, Spain's airport authority said.

The plane landed safely at Malaga, a major airport on the Spanish mainland's southern coast, after the pilot radioed air traffic controllers reporting a problem in flight, the officials said.

The flight originated in Barcelona and was bound for Lanzarote on Spain's Canary Islands.

Flight JKK 2565 was carrying 141 passengers who were taken to a Malaga hotel while the plane was being examined, according to Barcelona newspaper El Periodico.

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It appeared to be a charter, rather than a regularly scheduled flight, a Spanair telephone operator told CNN, referring the call to the company's charter line, which did not immediately answer.

The death toll from Wednesday's crash rose to 154 Friday after one of 19 people who initially survived died in a hospital.

That flight, which crashed on take-off from Madrid, was bound for Las Palmas, a major city on one of the Canary Islands.

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