Being resident in Spain and relatively close to Madrid (only six hours drive away) I thought I should say something here. After my post Writing in the Heat, now my attention is turned to tragedy.
The Spanish news has been all over this crash on the several national TV station news programs and fingers are starting to be pointed.
I know quite a lot about how airlines work having a partner who works for one of them. SpanAir recently laid off over a thousand workers to cut costs (still further) and some of those that were sacked were aircraft engineers. That meant the engineers they kept on are overworked and probably still underpaid so its no wonder planes take off that are possibly not fit to fly. I’m not saying that was definitely the case in this instance, but it does make you wonder.
That plane went technical (meaning repairs had to be carried out before the plane could take off) and the company made all the passengers stay on the aircraft while those repairs were carried out. This in itself is highly dangerous for obvious reasons. Want to know the worst thing I just heard?
Many of the passengers begged to be let off the plane while those repairs were being carried out – which I believe is their right. They were refused because any further delay would have cost the airline more money. Of course some smarmy company PR man will gloss over all that and find some barely believable reason to justify that action. How would you feel if you knew a relative or loved one was on that plane begging to be let off and told they had to stay put and suffer the consequences. Well they suffered the ultimate consequence, didn’t they? All to save some damn money.
Well its now cost SpanAir a whole lot more than just money.
Just now we heard more of the survivors have died from their burns leaving just 6 alive.
The world is going economy crazy. When big companies started cutting staff in the 1980s to cut their costs (read grow their profits) the trend was set. Now when a company like an airline who has the lives of their passengers in their hands cuts costs by reducing still further its already thinly stretched workforce they are playing Russian roulette with the lives of those passengers, as well as the staff aboard those aircraft.
For all those people who wouldn’t fly with a budget airline for various reasons of their own, their fears have been vindicated in this tragedy. Let’s face it, you get what you pay for in this world and when you want to fly on the cheap, you may regret it.
Those 140+ passengers on the SpanAir flight out of Madrid yesterday did not live to regret anything. The company will likely come out of this unscathed by withholding the truth until its been forgotten about, as I have heard it said that the exact cause of this crash may not become known for up to two years. Doesn’t that just make you wonder what the hell the investigators are going to take two years to figure out?
It beggars belief.