Spanair MD-82 Crashed in Madrid

Spanair flight JK5022, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (EC-HFP) bound for Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), crashed today on takeoff from runway 36L at Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), Spain. It’s reported that the plane caught fire after overshooting the runway due to an engine failure during takeoff. Spanair reports that 164 passengers and 9 crew were on board. According to various media there are about 140 casualties.
Flight JK5022 was a codeshare flight with Lufthansa flight LH2554.

Videos:

Video by BBC

Raw video by Reuters

Video by AP

Eye Witness Report:

News story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/20/spain3
Video: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2008/aug/20/madridplanecrash

3 thoughts on “Spanair MD-82 Crashed in Madrid”

  1. Are they sure that this initial problem with the total air temperature sensor, measure true air speed, had nothing to do with the catastrophe?

    If I understand correctly, indicated and not true air speed is needed for take-off, but it sounds like the plane was going too slow during take-off and could have stalled (ala Florida Air):

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/08/23/europe/EU-Spain-Plane-Crash.php

    Do pilots only need indicated and not true air speed for take-off?

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