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Pilots on the plane that crashed in Madrid yesterday, killing 153 people, had reported a faulty valve on its first attempt to leave Madrid airport, the flight's operator, Spanair, said today.
The jet was cleared for a second takeoff by technicians who had turned off the air intake gauge in accordance with standard procedure, a spokesman for the airline said.
Spanair said that fault had been successfully fixed by turning off the valve. The company said it could not be the cause of the fire in the plane's left engine which led to it crashing on the second attempted take-off.
Originally posted by Darkpr0
Personally, I'm surprised to see so many MD-80s still around at the local airports. I would have thought that jets such as Embraers or Bombardiers would have been commissioned to replace them. But those are just my thoughts.