However, I am confused about the registration number of the KLM 747 involved, "The Rhine." As I was browsing pictures of the Pan Am 747 (N736PA) in the a.net database, I came across this picture:
Photo © Howard Chaloner
It says that the KLM plane involved had PH-BUF for its registration. I noticed that the NTSB website lists a different registration, PH-BUP:
A search of the a.net database came up with nothing for PH-BUF. However, when I ran PH-BUP, it came up with this:
Photo © Miguel Snoep
This confuses me because it dosen't make sense that KLM would recycle the registration number of their 747 that was destroyed years ago. But I would also like to be believe that the NTSB has their facts straight.
So can someone enlighten me as to which, if either, is the correct registration of "The Rhine?" That was invovled in the Tenerife accident?