Crash Martinair flight MP495 in Faro, Portugal

Over 24 years after the crash there are still too little undisputed facts and there is too much speculation and frustration.

December 21st, 1992. Martinair flight MP495 crashes at the airport of Faro, Portugal while the crew  attempts to land in bad weather conditions. The DC10, PH-MBN “Anthony Ruys”, is owned by the Royal Netherlands Air Force and is destined to be converted into a KDC-10.
As result of the crash 54 passengers and 2 flight attendants die. Over 200 occupants sustain physical injuries.

Here ends the consensus on the crash, it’s causes and  consequences.

April 2017:
Still no information on the concept report of the independent investigators. The concept report was expected before the summer of 2016. Rumour had it that in January 2017 public information would be forthcoming. Is the report postponed or buried?

Causes (deficient -Dutch- investigation up to 2011)

The day after the crash Martin Schroeder (founder and CEO of Martinair) held  a press conference together with the Dutch Minister of Transport. In this press conference Mr Schroder stated that an unexpected windshear was the cause of the crash. Consequences of an unexpected windshear are  diminished responsibility and liability for Martinair.
Despite the findings in the official Portuguese Investigation report, the ‘unexpected windshear theory’ remained the dominant Dutch view.
The public doubts and questions as raised by the passengers on the flight, the crash and its causes never seemed to be taken seriously.
This partial Dutch view is sustained by the then lack of independent crash investigation in The Netherlands.
NB The American NTSB also seems to doubt the unexpected windshear theory in their letter, annex to the official Portuguese Investigation Report.

In February 2011, over 18 years after the air plane crash, an investigation by Mr. Harry Horlings of AvioConsult is published. This investigation strengthens in my opinion the outcome of the official Portuguese report, in which the pilots and their actions and non-actions are chiefly regarded as leading to the crash.

Despite, or perhaps just because of, the court cases against Martinair and the State of The Netherlands that were started end of 2012, there were no public reactions regarding content and/or refutations to the ‘Investigation Horlings’.
In July 2015 the court in The Hague appointed three non-Dutch investigators to look into this case. The concept of their report is expected before the summer of 2016.

Hopefully the outcome of this independent investigation will bring more clarity.

Consequences (too little attention for)
Partly thanks to the aftermath of the crash of EL Al flight 1862 in Amsterdam, three months earlier, there is attention for possible psycho trauma, as PTSD, and for mourning.

For the practical and long term real life consequences for surviving occupants and family members there is little to no attention.
Because the people concerned live scattered all over The Netherlands, and even in other countries, there is too little awareness for and recognition of the real consequences of the crash.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, especially Decelaration Injury, can easily be overlooked.
Possible co-existence of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder interferes with the process of proper diagnosis and treatment.

Investigation report, English (approx. 7 MB)
Investigation report, Portuguese (approx. 3 MB)

Remarks in English by the web site author, related to investigation report topics:
Meteorological flight preparation
Experience on DC-10 of pilots
Fire and alarm before the crash

Survivability of the crash

Book in English by the web site author

External links:
• Wikipedia English
• Film images of wreckage of PH-MBN on YouTube, 3:43
animation / reconstruction of the incorrect approach and subsequent crash of the DC-10 Anthony Ruys
PortugalResident  January 20, 2016: ‘Plane…never should have left Amsterdam’

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Monument in Basilica Saint John (Laren - The Netherlands) for Martinair crash in Faro
Monument in Basilica Saint John (Laren – The Netherlands) for Martinair crash in Faro

Omdat de gevolgen zo ingrijpend zijn…