Three Spanair managers indicted over deadly crash

1st June 2011, Comments 0 comments

A judge in Spain Wednesday indicted three managers of Spanair for "negligent homicide" over the 2008 air accident that killed that killed 154 people in Madrid.

Spanish media said three were the Spanair shift supervisor at Madrid airport at the time, the maintenance manager and the quality manager.

They are to appear before a judge between June 20 and 22.

The McDonnell Douglas-82 of the Spanair airline crashed moments after takeoff from Madrid, bound for Las Palmas, in Spain's Canary Islands, on August 20, 2008. Only 18 of the 172 people aboard survived Spain's deadliest air accident in 25 years.

Investigations into the disaster have said the wing flaps were not properly extended on takeoff and an alarm failed to alert the pilots to the problem.

Two Spanair mechanics who checked the plane prior to takeoff were also indicted in October 2008 over the crash.

© 2011 AFP

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