Deadly Spanair Crash on Madrid Runway


Today at 14:45 local time, a Spanair MD-82 suffered an accident while taking off at Madrid Barajas Airport.

According to the first reports, the left engine caught fire (some reports say there was an explosion) while increasing speed on the ground (approximately 1 km down the runway), and the pilots tried to stop before taking to the sky or reaching the end of the runway. Some reports say the plane actually raised to the skies and then fell back on the ground, to later overrun the runway and break into several parts while catching fire and releasing large plumes of smoke that was visible from a distance around the airport. As seen on the CNN video report there were two plumes of smoke, which indeed would confirm that the plane had broken into at least two parts.

Update (22 august): according to CNN, there was no engine explosion. Read full article here.

Spanair MD-82 (EC-HFP) at Madrid Barajas (by Carl Hendriks on airliners.net)

Spanair MD-82 (EC-HFP) at Madrid Barajas (by Carl Hendriks on airliners.net)

 (The plane carried a Star Alliance livery at the time of the crash, shown on airliners.net.)

173 people were on board flight JK5022 (code-shared by Lufthansa as LH2554 – Lufthansa has confirmed that 7 people checked in to the flight with Lufthansa tickets – 4 of those were from Germany) which was bound to Las Palmas, on the Canary Islands in Spain, only two hours away from the Spanish capital. Of the 162 passengers and 10 crew (6 active flight crew and 4 passive crew members), 140 of them are already confirmed dead (6 hours after the accident) but more are feared for the worst, as according to airport officials, only 26 people were taken to hospital, 19 of those in critical conditions. (UPDATE: 153 people dead and only 19 survived, as of 21 August.) Madrid’s international airport has been closed for a few hours and was partially reopened later this evening. The fire spread to the surrounding area where grass and vegetation also caught on fire, therefore besides the airport fire engines, even helicopters were involved in the firefighting efforts as shown on the image below. According to reports, all fires have been stopped by around 5pm local time.

Putting out fire by Helicopter after the Spanair Crash at Madrid Barajas (August 20, 2008 - c by origo.hu)

Ambulances lining up at Madrid Barajas Airport after the Spanair Crash (20 August, 2008 - c by sky.com)

Ambulances lining up at Madrid Barajas Airport after the Spanair Crash (20 August, 2008 - c by sky.com)

According to the airline, the flight was already more than one hour late, due to a technical issue with the plane that forced the first takeoff attempt to be aborted (!!) as there were failure signals while pulling away from the terminal. The aircraft was inspected and then tried to take-off for the second time, which ended in the catastrophe. The McDonnel-Douglas MD-82 type has suffered other engine fire related incidents before. This particular plane (registration number: EC-HFP) first flew in 1993 for Korean Air and has been operated by Spanair since 1999. It had its last major check in January this year.

Update: here is the list of passengers of the flight JK 5022. It was published by the airline, but as it always happens, it will disappear from the website within a few days, so we copied it here, where hopefully it will remain forver.

Full Passenger List of Spanair flight JK 5022 on 20 August, 2008:

MEDINAVEGA/YAIZA

ACOSTAMENDIOLA/ALFREDO JESUS

ACOSTASIERRA/ALFREDO ALFONSO

DOMINGUEZPEREZ/ISABEL

GONZALEZCABANAS/MARIA LORETO

HERNANDEZGIL/MARCO

MARTINDOMINGUEZ/CRISTIAN

MARTINPEREZ/MANUEL

MENDIOLARODRIGUEZ/GREGORIA

ORTEGA/LEANDRO

VIDALRODRIGUEZ/RAFAEL

AFONSOMARRERO/PEDRO PABLO

AFONSOSOSA/JORGE

AFONSOSOSA/MIGUEL

ALCAZAR/MARIA DE LAS NIEVES

ALCAZARASENSIO/INMACULADA

ALCAZARJIMENEZ/JOSE

ALONSOALONSO/JOSE

ALONSOFILLOY/AMALIA

ALONSOFILLOY/MARIA

ALVARADO/OSCAR GABRIEL

ALVARADO/ROBERTO

ALVARADO/ROBERTO ALEXANDRE

ALVAREZCARRETERO/MARIA

ALVAREZCARRETERO/ROBERTO

ANDRACAGOLZARRI/BEGONIA

ANDRAKAGOLZARRI/ISABEL

ASENSIOCHAVES/MARIA VICTORIA

BACHO/MUKESHMANI

BARBOSARAMIREZ/ELSA

BERNAOLAITURBE/MIGUEL

BETANCORSANCHEZ/VERONICA

BORGE/ESPERANZA

CABALLERO/DAVID

CARPINTERORUIZ/ANGELES

CELISDIBOWSKY/YANINA

CHARILAS/PIERRICK

CHARILAS/ETHAN

CIPRIAN/CARMEN

CONEJO/SARA

CONTRERASBAEZA/MARIA GEMA

CORTESCABRERO/NIEVES

DELARIVA/SERGIO

DELGADOESTEVEZ/LIDIA

DELGADOCORCOBADO/CARLOS

DIAWARA/DEMBA

DIAZGONZALEZ/CLARA

DIAZMENDOZA/MARIA DEL PINO

DIEPALEON/MONICA

DOMIGUEZORTIZ/CRISTINA

DOMINGUEZ/ISAAC + INF

DOMINGUEZMELIAN/ALICIA

DOMINGUEZMELIAN/ARACELI

ERDIL/MUSTAFA

ESTEBANCONTRERAS/LAIA

ESTEVEZGONZALEZ/MARIA LUISA

FALCONDENIZ/AYOZE JAVIER

FERNANDEZ/JULIANA

FERRONOLMEDO/FERNANDO

FILLOYSEGOVIA/AMALIA

FLORESGARCIA/ANA GEMA

FLORESGARCIA/JOSE PABLO

FONTRODRIGUEZ/MARIA JESUS

FORTANNERNOU/MA DEL CARMEN SOFIA

GALLARDO/TAMARA

GALLEGOORTEGA/ANA

GALLEGOORTEGA/CRISTINA

GARCIAHERNANDEZ/CARLOS

GARCIAFERNANDEZ/MARIA RESURRECCION

GARCIAHERNANDEZ/ELENA

GARCIAMARTIN/LAUDENCIO

GARCIADELCARPIOROMERO/JOSE MANUEL

GARCIASANCHEZ/ANTONIO

GARCIA/MARIANO

GOMESSILVA/RONALDO

GOMEZ/CECILIA

GONZALEZDIAZ/PEDROANGEL

GONZALEZFERREIRA/PIL

HERNANDEZ/ABENAUARA

HERNANGOMEZ/PEDRO

HERNANDEZ/ZENAIDA DEL PINO

HERNANDEZ/SIOMARA + INF.

HERNANDEZ TANAUSU

HERNANDEZGUEDES/LUCRECIA

HERNANDEZMARTIN/MARIA TERESA

HERRAEZNOGUERAS/CARLOS

HULT/ANNMARIE

IBANEZSANCHEZ/BETSABE

JULIHENRIQ/AGUSTIN

JULIHENRIQ/MANUEL

LOPEZDUQUE/PILAR

MARQUEZVALLE/PILAR

MARTEL/MANUEL

MARTIN/MONICA

MARTINCONSUEGRAPENA/CRISTINA

MARTINEZCONDE/MERCEDES

MENDOZAMARCIAL/ANGEL JOSE

MOLINORODRIGUEZ/TELESFORO

MORALES/MA TERESA

MORENOPEREZ/RAFAEL

MORILLOPEREZ/PATRICIA

MROTZEK/CLAUDIA

MROTZEK/GERD

MROTZEK/LUCAS

MROTZEK/NIKLAS

MURIANALOPEZ/JUAN

MURIANAMARTINEZ/MERCEDES

NARANJO/JORGE

NARANJO/JORGE

NARANJO/RAQUEL

NODAPENA/FAYNA ELIZABETH

NORIEGAREY/SERGIO

NORIEGAREY/VICTOR

NORIEGARICO/MARIO

NUNEZ/FRANCISCO JAVIER

NUNEZ/MARIA

NUNEZPIRETTI/EUGENIA

NUNEZPIRETTI/JORGE

OJEDAPEREZ/CLAUDIO MANUEL

ORTEGASANCHEZ/M CARMEN

ORTEGADELACRUZ/GABRIEL

OSPINA/GLADYS

PALOMINORIVEROS/LIGIA

PAYERAS/DANIEL

PEREZDEOBANOSLISO/JOSE JOAQUIN

PLACERESPEREZ/INES

PRADOS/BALDOMERO

PRADOS/IGNACIO

PRADOS/JOSE FRANCISCO

PUYECEESAY/MUSTAPHA PAGANNA

PUYEFORTANER/SIRA

RAMIREZGONZALEZ/MARIA LOURDES

RAMIREZRODRIGUEZ/JOSE

REITZSAAVEDRA/ESTHER MARIA

REYESOJEDA/MARIA BEATRIZ

REYMURILLO/MARIA LUISA

RISO/DOMENICO

RIVEROSUAREZ/RAYCO

ROBAINASUAREZ/JOSE VICENTE

RODRIGUEZDAVILA/HONORIO

ROJOROSA/M CARMEN

RONDONUWU/NGUNI TOKA

SANCHEZ/PABLO ENRIQUE

SANCHEZBERNAL/TOMAS

SANCHEZORTIZ/MARIA DEL CARMEN

SANCHEZPEREZ/RUBEN DANIEL

SANGRADOR/JORGE

SANTANACASTILLO/CARMEN ISABEL

SANTANAMATEO/RUBEN

SOSAHERNANDEZ/MARIA DEL CARMEN

STANIMIROVA/ANTOANET

STEFANIDES/ANNA MAIJA

SUAREZESTEVEZ/JAVIER SEBASTIAN

TATEPEREZ/KIM YVONNE

VALLEJOJUNCO/M DEL CARMEN

VALLESMARCOS/FRANCISCO JAVIER

VERANESPEREIRA/ANAM

VILLANUEVAMARTIN/ALEJANDRO

VILLANUEVASANTANA/ALEJANDRO

VILLANUEVASANTANA/DARA

VILLANUEVASANTANA/KEILA

by balint01

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21 Responses to “Deadly Spanair Crash on Madrid Runway”


  1. 1 Jeffrey August 21, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Not enough details on the first attempt but sounds like they tried to get on with the take off then went back for a problem. To bad they did not fix it or find the actual problem it appears.

  2. 2 aclay122 August 21, 2008 at 3:19 am

    This is absolutely terrible. I feel so bad for the families of the ones involved. And I’m praying for those who survived.

  3. 3 jukeni August 21, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Its really terrible. There may have some lapses. Lets work together
    to find out reality and work for safer travel. Lets pray for peace for passed souls.

  4. 4 szafi August 21, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve just taken a look at the list of names. It’s terribles. Families most probably with children. They must have been on their way to a long awaited holiday.
    But this was the saddest one:

    DOMINGUEZ/ISAAC + INF

    It means an infant under the age of 2. :(

    Damn it!

  5. 5 thowfeek August 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Its realy SAD…..AND WE COULNT FORGET…..

  6. 6 salobrena August 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Vaya con Dios

  7. 7 Murali Krishnan August 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    FYI STANIMIROVA/ANTOANET is the mother of an Under-17 Real Madrid club de football player.

    I’d like to convey my condolences to all the causalities.

    A really sad thing to happen.

  8. 8 iquate August 22, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Seeing these peoples names brings home the fact that these were men, women, children, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers – not just numbers of dead after a tragic plane crash.

    My sincerest condolances to the families and friends of all affected by this tragedy.

    Ten cuidado.

    JK

  9. 9 Yosef Malone August 22, 2008 at 4:43 am

    I remember flying Spanair in the mid 1990’s from Pennsylvania to Madrid. I remember the flight was a night flight and arrived early in the morning to Barajas Airport. The plane touched down on the runway almost 1/2 way past the approach end of the runway. When it came to the last turn off part, it was such a hard turn and except that I am a retired Navy Air Traffic Controller, I could tell that the aircraft was way to fast for the turn. When it turned, I could see the absolute end of the runway and thought that was a close one.
    It was foggy but the plane had to land. I don’t know of any other Spanair incidents but it is a shame that this one didn’t make it.
    My condolences to the families and relatives.

  10. 10 LW September 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    For those that have flown Spanair as well as other leading airlines, it should be clear that Spainair is a bad joke. Horrible service and unprofessional character is standard. I think that they should be thrown out of Star Allinace.

  11. 11 kallie September 3, 2008 at 11:18 am

    such a terrrible thing to happen
    i was on holiday in madrid at the time of the crash, in the warner brothers theme park and everyone was talking about it we could hear sirens rushing to the scene. two days later we flew from exactly the same airport, the atmosphere was so tense, peopple were crying whn we set of to fly, passengers holding there crosses on there necklaces praying.it was so sad, thankfully our cabin crew of jet2 made evryone really relaxed and were really friendly the flight was great one so efficient and with no problems, maybe if spanair had been the same 154 people wouldn be dead right now.
    thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims
    xx

  12. 12 Jasper September 19, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    May I know if there was any FILIPINO Victims? I’m so worried about my friend, I dont know exactly the date when left the Philippines, but I guess it was the last week of August. He didn’t told me about his Flight details, so i’m not really sure if this was the plane he rode in. Until now, I don’t have anymore communications ith him, even his celphone number! and he said that he’s going to send me an email, as soon as he arrved. Please help me, I really need to know if there was ny FILIPINO victims? please send me email at, jun*****@yahoo.com

  13. 13 balint01 September 19, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Jasper,

    The list of passengers we have provided above here in the article contains all aboard the plane. Please browse through there if you can see your friend’s name or not. I have not seen any list of the nationalities of passengers onboard, only the names.

  14. 14 andika February 18, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Dear Sir/Madame,

    My name andika from Travel agent in Indonesia, we need info SPAINAIR near from Indonesia.
    B. Regards
    Andika

  15. 15 balint01 February 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Andika, you should contact Spanair directly (http://www.spanair.com) but they are not flying anywhere outside of Europe.

    • 16 ahmed February 4, 2013 at 1:09 am

      its awfule story


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