Spanair mechanics called for hearings

16th October 2008, Comments 0 comments

A Madrid judge questions three technicians Thursday for the 20 August crash, and orders a new investigating commission.

16 October 2008

MADRID -- An investigating judge called two aviation technicians and a maintenance chief for hearings in the Madrid air crash that killed 154 people on 20 August, Spanish media reported Thursday.

The three could be charged on 154 counts of reckless homicide and 18 counts of causing injuries, the daily El Mundo said in its internet edition.

Judge Juan Javier Perez called the three for hearings, and ordered the creation of a second investigating commission in addition to a civil aviation commission that released a preliminary report on the accident, according to the radio station Cadena Ser.

The Spanair MD-82 jet that crashed immediately after take-off did not have its wing flaps and slats arranged, and the plane's warning system failed to inform the pilots of the problem, according to the preliminary report.

The flaps and slats help to lift aircraft on take-off.

Two Spanair mechanics at Madrid airport disconnected a damaged temperature gauge from the MD-82 before it took off, but possibly failed to consider that the problem could be related to other devices including the cockpit warning system, Judge Perez was quoted as saying in his ruling.

The judge also called the Spanair maintenance chief at Madrid airport for a hearing.

Judge Perez began hearing witnesses on Wednesday in a new phase of the investigation after the civil aviation commission released its report.

Perez ordered the creation of a new commission to obtain information faster, reports said. The new commission will include pilots, mechanics and engineers.

Eighteen people survived Spain's worst aviation accident in 25 years.

[Dpa / Expatica]

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