Plane which crashed in Spain had barely flown

Written by By Staff Writer Maverick Viñales survives after escaping with his life after the plane he was traveling in with his wife and three-year-old daughter lost engine power at 228 km/h (143 mph)…

Plane which crashed in Spain had barely flown

Written by By Staff Writer

Maverick Viñales survives after escaping with his life after the plane he was traveling in with his wife and three-year-old daughter lost engine power at 228 km/h (143 mph) during a landing.

It was a day of high drama as the plane ditched in the mountains between the city of Zaragoza and the border with Madrid on April 13, marking the first fatal crash of the year in the Spanish aviation history.

“Totally traumatic, just horrible, like a nightmare,” said Sabine Cordon, the pilot who lost control of the plane during an approach to Arenys de la Frontera.

Footage from a nearby helicopter captured the moment they could not steer the plane in the windy, mountainous terrain, prompting the pilot to abandon the maneuver and crash land.

Firefighters and emergency services responded to the scene while land speed cameras recorded the crashed Spanish Sky Con Air MD-82 taking off from the city’s plaza and plummeting into the mountains.

The aircraft was a Russian-built MD-82 aircraft, one of the most modern generation of aircraft.

The Max prop planes used by all European carriers such as Germanwings have an engine known as the MC-21, produced by China’s Comac and the closest thing currently in commercial production.

Appropriately named the MC-21, it is the same engine used by Comac’s recently sold C919 passenger jet and has only been used since 2016. But, some experts doubt whether the plane can hold up in the icy conditions in front of the planes, much less operate safely on a collision course.

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