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The wing flaps on a plane that crashed in Madrid last month did not open properly during take-off, investigators have found, Spanish media say.
The investigation discovered that the pilots were unaware of the problem because a cockpit warning alarm did not go off, El Pais newspaper reported.
The Spanair plane plunged to the ground shortly after take-off, killing 154 people on board.
It was the deadliest air crash in Spain in 25 years.
The RAT was set in air mode and not ground mode hence why no alarms would go off - after the first aborted TO the ground button wasn`t pressed
this sadly seems a failure in basic airmanship - the crew failed to make sure the flaps were set to flaps 11 and would have been avoided if the checklist had been correctly followed.
there is conjecture over a compressor stall on the number 1 engine but right now its a moot point as twins are designed to TO on 1 engine.
well the RAT probe heater was on - which doesn`t happen when the aircraft is in `Ground` mode;
Originally posted by Harlequin
this was the aircrafts and crews second flight of the day - which is why they didn`t test all the systems (on tht flight deck) things like audible warnings are tested on the first flight or crew swap, which btw isn`t boeings advice - they suggest testing on all flights.
think that will become mandatory now.