Spanair flight number JK 5022, which crashed seconds after taking off from Madrid's Barajas airport on August 20, 2008, may have been doomed by a malware-infected mainframe responsible for identifying technical snags, it has now emerged. A preliminary probe into the cause of the crash that killed 154 people had pinned the blame on pilot error.
But according to a recent report in Spanish daily El Pais, the malware-toting mainframe may have had a significant role in the crash. A couple of technical problems passed under the radar a day before the crash. However, had the computer been in rude health, it would have not only helped technicians identify the snags but also prompted them to ground the ill-fated plane. An investigation commission is expected to submit its final report in December.