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35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife  
User currently offlineflightsimer From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 530 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5270 times:

Since some are already into March 27th, I will go ahead and post it...

But 35 years ago today (or tomorrow for those of us in North America) was the tragic accident at Tenerife. Of 644 Passengers and crew members, only 61 survived the world's deadliest accident in aviation history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife_airport_disaster


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7114 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5031 times:

RIP to all of the victims....


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User currently offlineIndependence76 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4993 times:

A day that forever changed aviation.

May all who lost their lives rest in peace.



"In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes." - John Ruskin
User currently offlinebobloblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1583 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4644 times:
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I remember well......................

User currently offlinetrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3225 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4129 times:

That was certainly a very sad day in aviation. I was very young when it happened and so do not recall the events from then but read about it many times since. If any of you ever goes to Tenerife visit the memorial in Mesa Mota, a hill overlooking TFN. It is certainly a moving sight.

Website - www.herdenking-tenerife.org

Trintocan.



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User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3592 times:

Quoting trintocan (Reply 4):
If any of you ever goes to Tenerife visit the memorial in Mesa Mota, a hill overlooking TFN. It is certainly a moving sight.

Flown in & out of TFN a couple of times & both times thought about this accident! I aim to visit the memorial the next time I visit Tenerife.

Dave(SAAB900).


User currently offlinetransaeroyyz From Canada, joined Dec 2010, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

What still amazes me that no survivors on the klm bird, I mean it was barely off the ground with flat terrain ahead I suppose it was the all that jet fuel.

User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

The equivalent today would be 2 packed A380's.

I don't know about you lot but I can't even bring myself to contemplate that scenario beyond the typing of this text.

  



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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4879 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

I remember that day like it was yesterday. Probably one of the most discussed accidents in history.

One solace to those that were lost is that aviation today is safer as a direct result of that accident, and the following investigation.



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User currently offlinesshd From Spain, joined May 2011, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

My dad was working at the airport when that happened - he always says he will never forget the sound of the crash and the smell afterwards.
Really really sad day.


User currently offlinecontrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

It's been 35 years? Amazing.

I believe this was the first commercial accident I remember being interested in knowing about. What a terrible tragedy.



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User currently offlinesshd From Spain, joined May 2011, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2471 times:

Just for the record: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0UlpMsnxuI

User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3369 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

Quoting longhauler (Reply 8):
Probably one of the most discussed accidents in history.

If A.net had exsisted back them it would have melted the servers in seconds.   May all   



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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7967 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

The Tenerife disaster was a combination of improper crew communications (the co-pilot couldn't override the captain's orders even on safety issues) and the fact the airport lacked ground radar, which would have probably avoided this accident altogether because the control tower would at least know the position of the planes on the runway and could have warned the KLM 747 NOT to attempt any takeoff until the Pan Am 747 was out of the way.

Today, with virtually all major international airports sporting ground radars, it would be very difficult to have a collision like this.


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