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Newspaper: weight distribution factor in West Caribbean MD-82 accident
19 May 2006

French newspaper Le Figaro, quoting an anonymous source, reported that the West Caribbean MD-82 that crashed in Venezuela, August 2005, was overloaded. It reportedly had a takeoff weight of 70,300 kilos, where mtow is 67,600 kilos. The cargo was badly distributed as well. Another factor would have been human factors with the captain declining suggestions from the copilot to switch on engine anti-icing. (El Universal)