SAS plane crashes

The following are significant events involving the airline or its subsidiares. The numbered events are those involving at least one airline passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur. Only events since 1970 are included.

    27 December 1991; SAS MD81; Stockholm, Sweden: Shortly after departure on a flight from Stockholm to Copenhagen, both engines lost power due to ice ingestion. The ice had formed on the upper surfaces of the wings overnight and had not been fully removed by a pre-takeoff de-icing. During liftoff, clear ice broke off the wings and ingested by the engines, causing damage to the engine fan stages and leading to a loss of power when the aircraft was at about 3000 feet. The crew was able to make an unpowered landing and although the fuselage was broken in several places, none of the aircraft's occupants were killed.
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    MD80 plane crashes

  1. 8 October 2001; SAS MD87; Milan Italy: The aircraft was taking off from Milan's Linate airport for a flight to Copenhagen when it collided with a Cessna Citation on the fog-shrouded runway. The airliner then crashed into a nearby hanger and caught fire. There was no indication that this event was the result of a hijacking, sabotage, or other act of violence. All six crew members and 104 passengers on the airliner were killed, as were the four occupants of the business jet and four airport workers on the ground.
    MD80 plane crashes

    20 August 2008; Spanair MD82; flight JK5022; Madrid, Spain: The aircraft crashed shortly after attempting a takeoff for a scheduled domestic flight from Madrid to Las Palmas, Spain in the Canary Islands. The aircraft was also operated by Spanair on behalf of an SAS Group member as Lufthansa flight LH2554. The accident investigation concluded that the plane stalled shortly after takeoff after the crew had incorrectly configured the aircraft. The investigation also concluded that the aircraft's takeoff warning system, which would have detected the configuration problem, did not provide a warning signal to the crew. The aircraft crashed into an area next to the runway, broke up, and caught fire. All six crew members on board and 148 of the 166 passengers were killed. Among the passengers were 20 children and two infants.

    Spanair was one of the airlines of the SAS Group, and as a result of that relationship, and because the flight was a codeshare flight conducted on behalf of Lufthansa, this is a numbered event for Spanair and a significant event for both SAS and Lufthansa.
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SAS plane crashes -- Revised: 29 January 2017