Interpol to investigate Spanair accident
A Spanish judge asks Interpol to investigate international safety regulations related to the Spanair crash in August at Madrid Barajas airport.29 September 2008
MADRID -- A Spanish judge asked Interpol to join the investigation into August’s crash by a Spanair aircraft at Madrid Barajas airport, El Pais reported Saturday.
The judge would like to discover if Spanair violated international safety regulations, the report said.
The judge would like to find out what regulations the US and European aviation authourities require for MD-82 aircraft, the type of Spanair craft that crashed after take-off and burst into flames on 20 August at the Madrid Barajas airport.
A total of 154 people died in the crash, and 18 survived with injuries.
Investigators said the plane took off without its flaps extended. The cockpit alarm system also failed.
The examining judge would like to know from Interpol what international regulations control the testing of the alarm system.
Plane manufacturer McDonnell Douglas recommended in 1987 that the alarm be tested before each take-off.
Spanair carried out tests at the start of the day and when the cockpit crew changed, the report said.
[Dpa / Expatica]