Spanair flight crashes at Madrid airport
3 September 2009
Spanair has confirmed that 164 passengers and 9 crew were on board its flight JK5022, which was involved in an accident in Madrid today. The accident occurred at 14:45 local time during take off.
Spanair has stated that the names of the passengers and crew on board the aircraft will not be released until all family have been notified, and a special help-line number has been established for relatives and friends seeking information about those who may have been on board. A team of specially trained Spanair personnel is being assembled in Palma de Mallorca, and will fly to Madrid later today to provide support and assistance at the scene.
Information on the number of people involved is not yet available, but Spanair has confirmed that it is doing everything possible to help the Spanish authorities at this difficult time.
Spanair will provide further information as soon as it becomes available and will hold a press conference at 17:30 local time at the Meliá Avenida de America hotel in Madrid.
Further information is available at Spanair.com.