Madrid, Spain- Spanair Flight JK5022, an MD-82 en route to the Canary Islands with 175 souls on board crashed on take off from Madrid’s airport. At last count there were 28 survivors.Initial reports state that the aircraft experienced a fire in its left engine. Having been unable to gain altitude, it crashed in the vicinity of the runway then broke up into at least two parts and was engulfed by the subsequent explosion. The plane had previously attempted and aborted its take off. After maintenance on the ground, further take-off roll was attempted, during which the mishap occurred.
The MD-80 series has done more to curb the population explosion since the invention of the fragmentation grenade. The MD-80 series has been involved in 57 mishaps,including 23 aircraft lost with 1,170 fatalities.
2008 has not been a good year for the MD-80 with numerous crashes, mishaps, in flight emergencies and groundings. If your planning to travel for the up coming holidays I seriously suggest you avoid the MD-80.