I just got this from AOL.
"MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashed into shallow Persian Gulf waters Wednesday night after circling and trying to land in Bahrain, killing at least 137 people. Rescuers were searching early Thursday for the other six people aboard.
Thirty-six of the 143 people on the flight, which was en route to Manama from Cairo, were children, officials said.
``We have no survivors yet,'' Ibrahim Al-Hamer, Bahrain's undersecretary for civil aviation, said in announcing 137 bodies had been recovered.
There was no immediate word on what caused the crash. Searchers also recovered both flight data recorders, but their contents were unknown.
U.S. Navy helicopters, destroyers and an oceangoing tug with a 10-ton crane joined the nighttime search and rescue effort, three or four miles off the northern coast of Bahrain, which is headquarters of the U.S. 5th Fleet.
Fleet spokesman Cdr. Jeff Gradeck's office said the waters at the crash site were less than 40 feet deep.
An air traffic controller at the Bahrain airport, reached by telephone, described watching the plane attempt to land.
``The plane was near the runway, but didn't land,'' he said, asking that his name not be used. ``It circled two times and the third time it crashed into the sea.''
The controller saw no flames or sign of trouble before the crash and could not immediately explain why the plane circled before landing. He said the plane's crew did not report anything out of the ordinary. He gave the time of the crash as 7:20 p.m. (12:30 p.m. EDT).
``I could not believe my eyes,'' said Sobeih, 27, a resident of the nearby neighborhood of Al-Fodha who saw the plane go down. ``When I saw it heading toward the sea nose down, I screamed 'Oh my God, this thing is going down.'''
Sobeih and Riyadh, 24, another Al-Fodha resident, said the plane flew unusually low over their heads heading to the runway, but took a sharp turn toward the sea.
Both men, who would not give their full names, said the plane returned minutes later flying even lower but headed straight to the sea where it crashed. They said unusual noises came from the plane's engines, but they saw no flames.
``I was in a state of shock,'' said Riyadh.
Gulf Air said in a statement that 135 passengers and eight crew members were on board GF072, an evening Cairo-Bahrain flight.
Gulf Air said in a statement that 135 passengers and eight crewmembers were on board Flight GF072. Lists of passengers' names showed that 36 were under the age of 18. Sixty-three passengers were Egyptian, 34 Bahraini, 12 Saudi, nine Palestinian, six from the United Arab Emirates, three Chinese, two British and one each from Canada, Oman, Kuwait, Sudan and Australia.
And one passenger was believed to be an American. A State Department official in Washington said Bahraini officials had informed them that a boarding pass indicated that a U.S. diplomatic courier was aboard. The courier's name was not immediately released.
The crew included two Bahrainis and one each from Oman, the Philippines, Poland, India, Morocco and Egypt.
Weeping relatives of passengers pleaded with policemen who threw a security ring around the airport outside the capital, Manama. Many did reach the airport, and cries and screams echoed in its halls. Dozens of men and women with reddened eyes and tears flowing down their cheeks wept loudly. Some comforted one another while others screamed out for their loved ones.
Three U.S. helicopters, 10 small boats and the USS Katawba, a tug, joined Bahraini helicopters and boats in the search. Bahraini Crown Prince Sheik Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa personally directed the effort, the U.S. military said.
The U.S. military pulled back three of the ships it had lent to the effort, with Fleet spokesman Gradeck's office saying early Thursday that the search was ``gearing down.''
Relatives of passengers also gathered at the airport in Cairo, where the flight originated. There were angry scenes when one relative tried to attack news cameramen and complained about the lack of information on the fate of the passengers.
Gulf Air is owned by Bahrain, the Gulf states of Oman and Qatar, as well as Abu Dhabi, the largest of seven sheikdoms making up the United Arab Emirates. Based in Bahrain, it flies to 53 international destinations.
Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the emir of Bahrain, declared three days of mourning and said a committee of Bahraini and foreign experts would investigate the crash. In France, Airbus Industrie said it was dispatching a team of specialists to Bahrain to help in the investigation.
The Airbus plane, delivered to Gulf Air in September 1994, had accumulated about 17,177 flight hours in some 13,848 flights, the Airbus statement said.
In January, an Airbus A310 owned by Kenya Airways crashed into Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to Lagos, Nigeria. Ten people survived, and 169 died. An Air Inter Airbus A320 crashed in 1992 in Strasbourg, France, killing 87 people."
That is sooo sad. Reading it makes you want to cry. You guys please pray for the families.