Madrid air crash families hunt down ‘real culprits’

Tuesday 20th of August 2013 marks the fifth anniversary of Spain’s deadliest air crash in 25 years, a Spanair flight which crashed as it was trying to take off from Barajas airport in Madrid, killing 154 people.

Madrid air crash families hunt down 'real culprits'
Events being held in both Madrid and the Canary Islands are being overshadowed by mourners’ calls for the “real” culprits to be brought to justice. Photo: Pedro Armestre/AFP

Five years on, the families of the victims of flight JK5022 are paying tribute to those who lost their lives as they were setting off for the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.

But events being held in both Madrid and the Canary Islands are being overshadowed by mourners’ calls for the “real” culprits to be brought to justice.

Madrid’s Constitutional Court filed the case in September of 2012, limiting responsibility to the pilots, who also died in the crash.

But the Association of People Affected by Flight JK5022 claims the judges should have summoned an oral trial as two of the flight technicians were charged with reckless homicide for carrying out a “careless and clumsy maintenance check” before the flight took off.

“When there’s evidence of reckless homicide the court has to carry out oral proceedings, something they failed to do,” Pilar Vera, spokesperson for the group, told Spanish broadcasting corporation TVE.

“The culprits have to be brought to justice, I’m not going to forgive that my daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren died in the prime of their lives.”

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Stunt pilot killed as Spain’s ‘Eagle Patrol’ military plane crashes at sea

A Spanish military plane crashed on Monday off the southeastern coast and the pilot was killed.

Stunt pilot killed as Spain's 'Eagle Patrol' military plane crashes at sea
The plane was part of the Patrulla Águila acrobatic squad of the Spanish Air Force. Photo: MINISTERIO DE DEFENSA

The C-101 — the same aircraft used by Spain's air force Eagle Patrol aerobatics team — was on a “training flight” when it crashed near the resort of La Manga at 9.36am on Monday, a statement said.

At first reports suggested that the flight instructor on board the plane may have been “able to eject before the plane crashed in the sea” and rescue services were dispatched to search for him, the defence ministry said.

But emergency services in Murcia later confirmed that they had found the lifeless body of the pilot among the wreckage.

He was named as Francisco Marín Núñez.


A video filmed by a witness and posted on Twitter shows a small aircraft falling at a near vertical before trying to straighten up and hurtling into the water.   

?Confirmado el fallecimiento del piloto de avión del Ejército del Aire

⚫️Aún llegan restos del avión a la costa de La Manga del Mar Menor

— Alejandro Melgares (@elentrometido) August 26, 2019


The plane came down near an air base outside the town of San Javier just off Galúa beach.

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