Thursday, August 21, 2008

Spain mourns 153 dead in MD-82 crash

Spain today started 3 days of mourning for the 153 victims of Wednesday’s plane crash at Madrid’s Barajas Airport. Only 19 people survived the tragedy but many of them remain in critical condition. Accident investigators have meanwhile recovered the fight data and voice recorders from the crash scene. One area of investigation will be the reported problem of a fault with a temperature gauge something which is said to have delayed the flight. Although unconfirmed as yet, investigators will also look into reports that one of the rear engines was on fire as the MD-82 took off. According to Sky News the plane had experienced overheating in the air intake probe located near the cockpit. However the probe was turned off before the plane was given the all-clear to take off [BBC / Sky News / CNN].

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