Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4242 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2483 times:
TFN did not have a very good safety record in the 1970s and early 1980s... if I am not mistaken, though, the airport has not had a major crash since the loss of Dan-Air 1008 which was on-approach to the TFN at the time.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
they opened TFS as main airport soon after these crashes. A big Spantax crash in 1972 were 155 people were killed because the pilot lost situational control due to dense fog was another accident were the foggy airport in between mountains could be blamed as partial factor.
A good read on this accident is http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19800425-0
I don't know that much about navigation difficulties so I don't fully understand the story, can someone tell why exactly this accident happened; what was the fatal error of the pilots of ATC?
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
SAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2300 times:
If you've ever flown into TFN then u will understand about all the fog and low cloud that affects this airport! It's location half way up a large hillside is not the best place to put an airport! You can land in thick fog/low cloud then pick up a hire car start driving down the main road/motorway towards Santa Cruz and you can drive out of it into bright sunshine! I've flown into here twice and both times the airport was in low cloud!