Spanair goes bust – all flights likely to be cancelled as from tomorrow?

It appears Spanair, Spain’s largest private airline, has gone bust after a Qatar investment fund pulled out of an investment talk. EFE, the news agency, is tonight reporting that the company is preparing a report, to be presented tomorrow to Spains’ aviation authority, admitting that it has run out of cash and cannot continue to operate. AENA, the airports authority, is preparing for a wave of cancellations as from midnight, and has already started to Continue reading Spanair goes bust – all flights likely to be cancelled as from tomorrow?

Spainair abandons Almería airport

The new Catalan owners of Spainair (SAS had to sell it off due to la crisis to some canny Catalans) have announced that Almería is to be dropped from airports serviced by the airline as part of a cost cutting exercise. Although Ryanair will be stepping in to fill the gap next month. And, of course, Air Nostrum (motto: safety and comfort are our middle names, right behind “cost cutters”) that all important part of Continue reading Spainair abandons Almería airport

Spanair crash investigation Judge listens to emergency services hurt

The Judge leading the Spanair crash investigation has called in the 4 National Police agents hurt in the Spainair case in order to evaluate their stories and decide if any honour actions should be taken in their cases. Their testimony will be taken into account when deciding the outcome of this case – and, if necessary, he will make recommendations for medals or other testimonies. Meanwhile, he still awaiting the outcome of the politcally influenced Continue reading Spanair crash investigation Judge listens to emergency services hurt

3 charged for homicide and negligence in the Spainair crash case

3 charged for homicide and negligence in the Spainair crash case After the terrible week in which the Spainair case descended into a farce, the presiding judge investigating the case spent a while getting to grips with the case. He has now accepted the preliminary report into the crash, which puts forwards as the explanation that after a hasty repair an alarm was disconnected – this alarm would sound if the flaps were not in Continue reading 3 charged for homicide and negligence in the Spainair crash case

Spanair crash investigation is descending into a farce.

With the announcement yesterday by the Commercial Pilot Association that the investigation is “ruined”, and the attempted resignation of their representatives to the Air Investigation Board, the investigation into the Spanair Madrid -Canary Islands crash has descended into a complete farce. The sole reason for establishing an Air Accidents Board is to find out the true cause of the accident. Not to proportion blame. That is for the later judicial reports and the Public Prosecutors, Continue reading Spanair crash investigation is descending into a farce.

Why the press coverage of the Madrid Disaster shocks us

 The Anglo in Hispanic blogosphere (http://www.notesfromspain.com/2008/08/25/morbo-spanish-news-media-horror/, http://southofwatford.blogspot.com/2008/08/madrid-airport-accidentthe-reactions.html, and other) has been buzzing with suggestions that the Spanish media coverage of the Madrid Air Disaster is because of some unique Spanish trait. Well, I disagree. I don’t think it’s because of a TV programme in the 90’s, or because of pent up frustration after the Franco years or because of a uniquely Iberian curiosity towards death and destruction. I think it’s a perfectly normal attempt by Continue reading Why the press coverage of the Madrid Disaster shocks us

The Madrid air disaster

I was sitting in a busy restaurant when the news broke of the plane crash. As mobile phones started to beep, conversation died out. The music was shut off, a TV was quickly switched on to the breaking news. In the corner, a lady burst into tears and her husband hurried out – no doubt a family member may have been involved. At the Juan Guerra concert that evening, the roadie who normally belts out Continue reading The Madrid air disaster