Given the latest news about the latest Spanair disaster–that the wing dipped sharply before the plane crash–I’m thinking this was probably the result of a crew cutting corners with a checklist again. Either that or there was a hydraulic failure that resulted in loss of control.
Many accidents on takeoff or landing are the result of such checklist failures. When you have a crew that is rushed, or is tired, there is temptation to cut corners on checklists.
Trouble is, that is how people get killed.