Three charged over fatal Barajas air crash

17th October 2008, Comments 2 comments

Two mechanics and the airline's maintenance chief have been charged with 154 counts of manslaughter and 18 counts of causing injury through negligence.

17 October 2008

MADRID -- The judge investigating the crash of Spanair flight JK5022 at Madrid's Barajas airport on August 20 has charged two mechanics and the airline's maintenance chief with 154 counts of manslaughter and 18 counts of causing injury through negligence.

All three have been summoned to testify as suspects in the judicial case, which aims to determine who or what was responsible for one of the worst civil aviation accidents in Spanish history in which 154 passengers and crew were killed. Eighteen people survived.

Judge Juan Javier Pérez also plans to set up an investigatory commission to carry out a probe into the crash, separate from the inquiry currently being conducted by civil aviation authorities.

Sensor switched off
According to a preliminary report made public last week, civil aviation investigators suspect that a faulty warning system that failed to warn the pilot that the plane's flaps were not extended may have played a role in the crash.

A sensor connected to a relay linked to the warning system had been turned off by the mechanics before the flight.

[El Pais / J A Hernandez / Expatica]

2 Comments To This Article

  • Mark Fownes posted:

    on 20th October 2008, 17:19:27 - Reply

    What a disgraceful and shameful remark!
  • expatin spain posted:

    on 19th October 2008, 19:35:54 - Reply

    Typical Spaniards way of "fixing" a problem. This time it proved fatal, most times it's just laughable.