Spanish authorities continued to search for the cause of Wednesday's Spanair MD-82 crash on takeoff from Madrid Barajas that killed at least 153 passengers and crew as the carrier insisted that a malfunctioning air intake probe that delayed the scheduled takeoff by 1 hr. had no relevance to the investigation. Speculation continued to center on a possible engine fire (ATWOnline, Aug. 21) in the Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219-powered aircraft, but there was no confirmation of such a fire and ...

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