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2010-12-20 13:00:00

CHICAGO and BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Airlines and Spanair, both members of Star Alliance, today announced they will begin codesharing on flights across the Atlantic and to destinations in Spain and Africa. Effective Jan. 4, 2011, Continental will place its "CO" code on selected Spanair-operated flights between Barcelona and the following destinations: Alicante, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia, Spain; and Banjul, Gambia....

2008-10-23 06:00:18

By Alan Levin The same failure by pilots to do a routine but critical task that likely led to a fatal crash in Madrid this summer has happened dozens of times in the United States since 2000, according to government data analyzed by USA TODAY. Spanair Flight JK5022 never got more than a few feet off the ground on Aug. 20 after its pilots failed to set the wing flaps and slats before the flight, according to a preliminary report by Spanish investigators. The crash killed 154 people....

2008-10-16 15:00:10

A Spanish judge investigating a Spanair plane crash that killed 154 people is questioning three mechanics on suspicion of manslaughter, a Madrid court said. Madrid Superior Justice Judge Javier Perez summoned the three after a preliminary accident report said the twin-engine MD-82 attempted its takeoff for the Canary Islands from Madrid-Barajas Airport Aug. 20 without deploying its wing flaps and leading-edge "slats," The Times of London reported Thursday. In addition, a cockpit alarm...

2008-09-05 18:00:00

By Sam Marsden SAFETY of all passenger aircraft should be checked, accident investigators said last night after they found a British Airways jet's crash-landing was probably caused by ice in its fuel system. The previously unknown problem was revealed in an Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report into the incident at Heathrow Airport on January 17. It is likely ice crystals built up in the fuel tanks as it flew at high altitudes and then they blocked fuel flow to the engines...

2008-08-25 21:00:26

By GERARD COUZENS A SISTER plane of the Spanair jet that crashed on take-off last week had to make an unscheduled landing yesterday after a technical fault. The MD-82 aircraft touched down at Spain's Malaga Airport just after 9am over a problem with a spare generator. It had been flying from Barcelona to Lanzarote when the fault occurred. The 141 passengers were transferred to a local hotel and were to spend last night on the Costa del Sol before flying on today. A SpanairMD-82...

2008-08-25 09:01:07

By Elizabeth Nash Video footage shot by Spain's airport authority Aena reportedly shows the doomed Spanair plane showed no sign of a blazing engine as it took off from Madrid. But the aircraft lacked power as it struggled to rise above 50 metres and crashed in flames, killing 153 people but with 19 survivors. Airport security images showed no engine explosion, press reports said. The plane ran the length of the runway, struggled into the air, then crashed, skidded, broke up and burnt....

2008-08-24 00:00:00

By Sarah Sands The fate of the passengers on flight JK5022 was hideous and pitiful but it was not unimaginable. Every nervous flyer will have empathised with the man who sent a text on the runway to his wife: "My love, there's a problem with the plane.... They won't let me off." Many will have looked at the slivers of aluminium held together by screws and doubted the whole enterprise. Others listen to changes of engine tone as evidence of approaching doom. We all know that the moment of...

2008-08-22 12:00:00

By Simon Calder None of the terrifying events that took place at Madrid airport on Wednesday will make us any less safe, and I write that as a traveller about to board a flight. Many things are wrong with flying but safety is not one of them. Even in the aftermath of the Spanair MD-82 crash experts pointed to the rarity of take-off accidents and to the fact that Europe had been free of major plane disasters in recent years. Take-offs and landings are seen as the critical times for...

2008-08-22 06:00:27

By Caroline Brothers and Tom Rachman Caroline Brothers reported from Madrid and Tom Rachman from Paris. Micheline Maynard contributed from Detroit. * As Spain mourned its worst flight disaster in years, investigators sought Thursday to discover what caused a passenger plane headed to the Canary Islands to veer off a runway here and burst into flames. At least 153 people were killed. Experts, including a team sent from the United States, combed through the wreckage for clues. It was...

2008-08-22 00:00:14

By DANIEL WOOLLS MADRID, Spain--The plane that crashed in Madrid reported an air intake valve overheating before a first attempt at takeoff but it was not immediately clear whether that was a factor in the accident that killed 153 people, owner of Spanair said today. The airliner said it has not yet determined the cause of the crash Wednesday, the nation's worst air disaster in nearly 25 years. Only 19 people survived. Spanair spokesman Javier Mendoza said a valve was reported...