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Spanair Crash

Well, it looks like my personal life isn’t the only crash today…

A Spanair MD-82 jet, flight 5022 from Madrid to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands crashed on take-off from Madrid terminal four. It broke up and caught fire after skidding off the runway, killing more than 140 people in Spain’s worst aviation accident since 1985.

20 Children and 2 babies were apparently on board at the time.

Initial reports suggest a fire in one of the engines before the plane veered off and crashed in flames.

Bloomberg news stated that:

The single-aisle plane, manufactured by Boeing Co. unit McDonnell Douglas, crashed while attempting to take off for the Canary Islands with 175 passengers and crew on board, said an official from Spanair, a unit of Scandinavian carrier SAS Group.

Television pictures showed a column of smoke billowing from the runway and a helicopter dropping water on the crash site. Dozens of fire engines and police vehicles attended the scene following the accident after 2 p.m. local time.

“This is a horrible accident, a tragedy taking into the account the number of people we fear have died,” Spanish Development Minister Magdalena Alvarez told reporters today in Madrid. She said 26 people were injured and couldn’t confirm whether anybody else survived the crash.

The flight bore the number JK5022 and carried 164 adults, two infants and nine crew members, Spanair Commercial Director Sergio Allard said at a press conference in the capital. The service was also operating as a code-share with Deutsche Lufthansa AG under the flight number LH255. The Cologne, German- based carrier said seven passengers checked in for the flight.

“We were able to save more than 20 people scattered around outside the plane,” Miguel Angel Perez, fire chief at Barajas airport, told radio station Cadena Ser. “We found no survivors in the plane.”

Here is a video without commentary recorded from live television after the crash of the emergency services dealing with the unfortunate incident


3 Responses to “Spanair Crash”

  1. Apparently the death toll is now 153 😦

  2. This scared the crap out of me – my OH was on a familiarization flight in the cockpit on a flight to Madrid yesterday morning. His return flight left just before this plane took off – I think the Spanair flight was behind his in the queue. Very sad, all those poor families 😦

  3. I am unhappy read after this blog post and i am scared for those family….

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