Windsor Star

Wind shifted before Spanair crash: Report

- MADRID

A pilot who saw the Spanair flight crash last month said the wind’s direction and speed suddenly shifted before the plane plunged to the ground, killing 154 people, local radio said Monday.

The pilot was landing an Iberia plane when he watched the fellow Spanish jet’s short-lived takeoff, which resulted in Spain’s deadliest air accident in 25 years, Cadena Ser reported. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

The radio station, citing the Iberia pilot’s witness report to police, said the wind changed within one minute from a 170 degree angle to 50 degrees and from a speed of 10 knots to five knots.

The Iberia pilot, whose plane was arriving from Ecuador, also said he saw a large bird on the left side and another on the right side of the Spanair plane before the crash.

Shortly after taking off, the plane tilted abnormally to the left before veering to the right and losing altitude, the pilot said.

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