Madrid Spanair Airline Crash - 8/20/08
A jetliner heading to the popular
Canary Islands vacation resort crashed during takeoff. Some 153 were believed dead in
Spain's worst air disaster in nearly 25 years.
Reports say the plane
actually raised to the skies and then fell back on the ground, to
later overrun the runway and break into several parts while catching
fire and releasing large plumes of smoke that was visible from a
distance around the airport. As seen on video there were two plumes
of smoke, which indeed would confirm that the plane had broken into
at least two parts.
also indicate that there may have been a malfunction of the takeoff
warning system (TOWS) and other operative systems that were critical
for proper operation of the plane.
According to the airline,
the flight was already more than one hour late, due to a
technical issue with the plane that forced the first takeoff attempt
to be aborted as there were failure signals while pulling away from
the terminal. The aircraft was inspected and then tried to take-off
for the second time, which ended in the catastrophe.
The McDonnel-Douglas MD-82 type
has suffered other engine fire related incidents before. This
particular plane first flew in 1993 for Korean Air and has been
operated by Spanair since 1999. It had its last major check in
January this year.
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