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Last Updated: Friday October 10 2008 06:53 GMT

Wing problems blamed for crash

A part of the plane being lifted by crane

Accident investigators in Spain think they've worked out why a plane crashed at Madrid airport in August.

One hundred and fifty-four people died when the plane veered off the runway and crashed, as it tried to take off for the Canary Islands.

Investigators think the crash happened because the plane's wing flaps were in the wrong position.

And a warning system which should have let the pilots know about the problem failed, investigators said in a report.

John Strickland
They studied flight information records, and found no evidence of engine problems before the incident.

And the report stressed that the two pilots did carry out checks before take-off.

The crash was Spain's worst in 25 years, and it's important to remember that incidents like this are very rare.