3rd Spanair Flight Suffers Technical Problems

Issues force second diversion in 2 days for airline
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2008 3:40 PM CDT
The tail of the Spanair jet that crashed on take off at Madrid airport is seen on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008.    (AP Photo/EFE)
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(Newser) – Technical issues forced Spanair to divert one of its jets today, the second consecutive day that’s happened for the Spanish airline rocked by last week’s deadly crash in Madrid, the AP reports. An MD-80 jet—the same series as Wednesday’s ill-fated aircraft—returned to Granada after communications problems appeared 45 minutes into its flight to Barcelona. All 158 aboard are safe, the airline said.

Yesterday, another Spanair flight was diverted because of a problem with a backup generator. Meanwhile, forensic teams are still identifying bodies from last week's crash, which killed 154 people bound for the Canary Islands from Madrid. Local papers say inadequate engine power during takeoff may be to blame. The plane struggled to get airborne and crashed shortly after departing.