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What happened to the Spanair MD82 crash in Spain?
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Tuesday, 21 October 2008 21:01
Dear Capt Lim,

Could you tell me what happened to the Spanair MD82 crash in Spain?

Thank you very much and I hope to fly with you soon.

Alan.

Spanair MD-82 crashed at Madrid´s Barajas Airport

Hi Alan,

From the preliminary investigation by the Spanish aviation authorities, it appears that the plane was not properly set up for the take off and the crew was not aware that it was so. The flaps were at the zero position and the investigators also found evidence at the crash site that the slats were at the retracted position.

To recap, on August 20, 2008, the plane crashed while attempting to take off from the Madrid International Airport. Only 18 of the 172 passengers survived from he accident.

According to the report, the crew performed the normal checklist prior to the departure. During the takeoff roll, the crew call-outs were normal. V1 was reached at 37 seconds after the release of the brakes with rotation two seconds later at a speed of 154 knots. Six seconds after rotation, the stick shaker activated along with an audible stall warning. The aircraft reached a maximum height of only 40 feet before it hit the ground.

From the flight data recorder, it showed that the flaps were left at 0 degrees from the time the engines were started until the aircraft crashed. Throughout the take-off roll and until the end of the recording, there were no warnings activated to alert the crew of the inappropriate takeoff configuration.

Basically, the aircraft was not correctly configured for the takeoff and the crew seemed to be unaware of it. Why was it so? I don't know - it appears that the official findings are still not out yet.

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