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At least 45 people have been killed after a passenger plane swerved off the runway at Madrid's Barajas airport, Spanish officials say.
Local media report the death toll could be much higher. Dozens of people are injured.
The Spanair plane was taking off for Gran Canaria at about 1445 (1245 GMT), with about 160 people on board.
There were reports of a fire in the left engine during take-off. TV footage showed smoke billowing from the craft.
Emergency services are attending tS
Originally posted by pmexplorer
reply to post by Zepherian
Have been looking into that, it seems you are indeed correct.
Skynews.com have compiled the following :
MD-80 Series Accidents History:
* November 30, 2007 - MD-83 Atlasjet Flight 4203 crashed into the southwestern province of Isparta in Turkey, killing all 57 passengers.
*September 28, 2007 - MD-80 Flight 1400 landed safely after the left engine caught fire. It was heading for Chicago.
*September 16, 2007 - MD-82 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 crashed at the side of the runway and exploded at Phuket airport. More than 80 killed
*August 16, 2005 - MD-82 West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashed in northwest Venezuela killing all 152 passengers and 8 crew
*November 30, 2004 - MD-82 crash landed in Surakarta, killing at least 25.
*May 7, 2002 - MD-82 China Northern airlines Flight from Beijing to Dalian crashed, killing at least 111.
*October 8, 2001 - MD-87 collided with a Cessna jet during take-off at Linate Airport, Milan. 118 were killed.
*January 31, 2000 - MD-83 crashed in the Pacific Ocean. 88 killed.
*June 1, 1999 - MD-82 American Airlines flight overshot the runway. At least 11 died.
*June 7, 1996 - MD-88 Flight with Delta Airlines. 2 killed.
*October 26, 1993 - MD-82 China Eastern Airlines Flight. 2 killed.
*December 27, 1991 - MD-81 crashed in Sweden. All aboard the plane survived.
*June 12, 1998 - MD-81 Argentinian flight. Killed 22.
*August 16, 1987 - MD-82 crashed shortly after take-off from Detroit. All crew and passengers died except a 4 year old girl.
*December 1, 1981 - MD-81 crashed in Corsica, all 180 passengers were killed.
El País reported that the plane had previously attempted and aborted its takeoff due to engine problems. It is reported that a defective temperature sensor had been replaced on ground,
The MD-80s are shabby aircraft. They even violate the redundancy mandates for avionic systems, as their tail stabilizer is held by only one bolt. I would refuse to fly on them.
MD-80 Series Accidents History:
Why? Not the same type. MD-83 is a long-range version of the MD-82 with different power plant.
That's a horrendous list..
Take-offs are the worst time for badly maintained/designed planes.. Huge amounts of mechanical strain,worst angle for loss of power and no height to try and generate lift..
They should have pulled the flight after the first sign of a problem.
What a needless waste of life.
I don't think the Airlines has qualified people to maintain those planes. That's scarry as hell!
Yes, unfortunatelly a plane accident is still, usually fatal..