by B .N. Sullivan
Spain's Comisión de Investigación de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación Civil (CIAIAC) released it interim report yesterday regarding the Aug. 20, 2008 Spanair Flight JK5022 accident. The MD-82 aircraft crashed at Madrid's Barajas Airport as it was departing for a scheduled passenger flight to Gran Canaria Airport (Las Palmas) in the Canary Islands.
The aircraft reached an altitude of only 40 ft above ground before descending and impacting the ground; it was destroyed by the impact and post-crash fire. Of the 172 people on board, 152 perished, including all six crew members. Eighteen of the survivors were seriously injured.
The lengthy interim report CIAIAC report (links below) presents factual information without stating probable cause. The report does note that the aircraft's flaps and slats were not set in a configuration appropriate for takeoff; the pilots omitted the flaps/slats item from the checklist after starting the aircraft's engines; and the flight data recorder indicated that flaps were not deployed. The report also says, "During the entire takeoff run until the end of the CVR recording, no sounds were heard relating to the system warning of an inadequate takeoff configuration (TOWS)." The stick shaker and aural stall warnings were recorded by the CVR, beginning just after rotation.
The investigation is continuing.
Links to the CIAIAC's Interim Report A-032/2008:
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