The preliminary report by investigators into the Madrid air crash appears to absolve the pilots of any blame for the accident which killed 154 people. The crash on August 20 is blamed on a fault which prevented the wing flaps from opening on the Spanair MD-82.
Initial findings by the Civil Aviation authority show the pilots followed recommended protocol in the moments leading up to the crash of flight JK5022, which was bound for Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.
Evidence from the black box data recorder indicated that the pilots made the appropriate checks on take-off but that an alert system in the cockpit failed to warn them that the wing flaps had not deployed correctly.
Two other alarms, warning of nearby ground and imminent stall, did work as the pilots struggled to gain control when the plane left the runway at Barajas airport.