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Faulty flaps on Spanair flight.
10 October 2008 @ 09:26

The Spanair plane involved in a crash that killed 154 people in Madrid in August attempted to take off without opening its flaps and slats, according to the 12-page preliminary report on the accident released in Madrid by the Spanish Public Works Ministry.  The document said that the wreckage of the MD-82 showed the malfunction, but the pilots would not have known there was a problem because the alarm signal did not go off.  The report said "no sound related to the warning system about an inadequate configuration of take-off" could be heard on the plane's black box flight recorders.  The investigation showed that the plane's two engines behaved as they should have.

The results of the investigation had largely been leaked to the media weeks earlier, causing controversy in Spain. Relatives of the victims further complained that the media broadcast a video of the crash.  The definitive report on the crash is not expected for one or two years, and the investigation is ongoing.  The plane was leaving for Las Palmas in the Canary Islands when it crashed and caught fire just after take-off at Madrid's Barajas airport.  Only 18 people survived the accident - the most serious in Spain in 25 years - and they were badly injured.



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Mark said:
10 October 2008 @ 08:01

During the investigation it was found that this problem had occurred before. As a result, the manufacturer had issued instructions that the flap system should be checked BEFORE EVERY FLIGHT. Now, whether Spanair only issued their pilots with instructions to only test once at the start of the day, or if an "experienced" pilot decided the check wasn't necessary, we are still waiting on. This could lead to claims of corporate manslaughter or pilot error.


Boeing, Boeing, Gone!! said:
10 October 2008 @ 08:43

Agreed. Also Qantas are under serious investigation at the moment due to all the technical issues they have been unfortunately suffering from. They don't seem to be able to cut themselves a break at the moment but I find it hard to believe that such a respected airline will be found lacking in safety proceedures. Time will tell.


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