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Air Crash Investigations - Burned Alive in Madrid - The Crash of Spanair Flight JKK5022 By Allistair Fitzgerald, Editor
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On 20 August 2008, Spanair flight JKK5022, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82), registration EC-HFP, departed from Madrid Barajas airport at 14:00 on its way to Gran Canaria airport. During... More > departure, at 14:24:24, the aircraft crashed near the end of runway 36L. The investigation revealed that the accident occurred as the aircraft attempted to take off, because the pilots had omitted to deploy the flaps and slats ready for take-off. Without the use of these "high-lift" devices, the wings did not generate enough lift to keep the aircraft in the air. The MD-82 warning system, that should have alerted the pilots that the plane was incorrectly configured for take-off, did not sound a warning, and the pilots continued with the fateful take-off attempt. The aircraft left the ground momentarily, rolled to the right, and crashed in the near the runway, breaking into at least two parts which were engulfed by the subsequent fire. Of the 172 people on board 154 perished in the accident.< Less
Air Crash Investigations - Mass Murder in the Sky - The Bombing of Air India Flight 182 By Allistair Fitzgerald, Editor
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On 23 June 1985, Air India Flight 182, a Boeing 747-237B was on its way from Montreal, Canada, to London when it was blown up while in Irish airspace, and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. 329 people... More > perished. It was the largest mass murder in modern Canadian history. The explosion and downing of the carrier was related to the Narita Airport Bombing. Investigation and prosecution took 25 years. The suspects in the bombing were members of the Sikh separatist Babbar Khalsa. Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only person convicted, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.< Less
Air Crash Investigations - Lack of Experience - The Crash of a Maryland State Police Helicopter By Allistair Fitzgerald, Editor
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On September 27, 2008, about 2358 eastern daylight time, an Aerospatiale Helicopter (Eurocopter) operated by the Maryland State Police (MSP) encountered instrument meteorological conditions was... More > diverted to Andrews Air Force Base (ADW), Camp Springs, Maryland. About 3.2 miles north of the runway 19R threshold at ADW, during an instrument landing system approach, the helicopter impacted terrain and crashed. The pilot, one flight paramedic, one field provider, and one of two automobile accident patients being transported were killed. The helicopter was substantially damaged when it collided with trees and terrain in Walker Mill Regional Park, District Heights, Maryland. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's lack of experience and lacking support of supporting institutions.< Less

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