Major plane crash at Madrid airport

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  1. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Reuters says all but 25 of 173 passengers dead.
     
  2. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Link? Anything?

    At least its not the typical ZERO survivors.
     
  3. MacBoobsPro thread starter macrumors 603

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    It's only just happened so no links just yet. It's on tv. Crashed on take off fully fueled. Death toll is a bit sketchy so ignore my first post. 176 passengers on board 45 confirmed dead so far.

    EDIT: I'm on iPhone so can't paste a link but check out BBC.co.Uk/news
     
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    The BBC have been posting updates all afternoon and have a very comprehensive news service. Cheers.
     
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    Awful news. Wonder what caused it. Heard there was an engine fire on take off, reminds me of the concorde crash. Does anyone know if it actually got airborne, or did it just skid off the runway into a field?
     
  7. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    According to a surviver, they got off the ground, but couldn't climb, then a wing dipped toward the ground. I hope who ever let if fly after the mech problems gets it good. A plane that is major delayed for mechanicals, should be swapped out for another.
     
  8. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    It depends on the mechanical. We're not so sure that the mechanical had anything to do with the crash. It might have, but still, I'd rather give the mechanic the benefit of the doubt until all the facts are in. The vast majority of mechanical issues have little to nothing to do with the overall safety of the aircraft.

    It'll be interesting to see what happens. There are few mechanical failures that could singly bring a plane down like this.
     
  9. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    I'm told it was a mechanical failure that led to the activation of one of the reverse-thrust actuators - that would certainly cause the wing on that side to dip, and if you're that close to the ground...:(
     
  10. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Yeah, having a bucket deploy right after rotation is bad news, to be sure. :(
     
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