September 1, 2008

Spanair Denies Report It Weighed Replacing Jet BRIEFLY: MADRID

Spanair said it had never considered replacing a jet that suffered a technical problem shortly before it crashed on takeoff last week in Spain, killing 154 people.

The airline reacted after a government minister said Spanair had told airport authorities it was considering replacing the aircraft, then opted to repair it instead. The Spanish radio station La Ser on Saturday played a recording of a telephone conversation in which it said a Spanair official asked the airport about the possibility of changing planes.

Spanair presented its version of events as the authorities said they had finished identifying all 154 victims of the crash.

Originally published by Reuters.

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