Like every year at the same period, I come back here, on Airliners.net, to write some words for the memory of the 181 victims of Avianca flight 011, on Sunday, November 27th, 1983.
The Avianca Boeing 747, HK-2910X, crashed only 45 seconds from its landing in Madrid-Barajas airport. This was a terrible accident, with only 11 survivors.
last year, I told here I was preparing a book about that tragedy. I was at the boarding gate of the tragic flight with the passengers, and after years and years, I decided to write a book talking about the accident; why this accident occurred, how it happened, and the terrible consequences of this disaster.
A book is a long and hard work of search, but now with all the documents I keep since 1983, with the help of some friends who were working with me at Paris-CDG airport the evening of the accident, and with the help of my contacts in Colombia, and mainly Daniel in Bucaramanga, Jaime in Florida, Julian In Spain, and all the others, the writing of this book will be finished at the end of the month, for the 28th anniversary of that tragedy.
I want to thank all those people who helped me to realize this book, and I want to have a special thought for Francesca; she lost her husband Sergio in the accident. Francesca lives in Roma, and since 28 years, she ask for many questions about this tragedy, but no one gives any answers, then this book will finally give her, and all the families spread around the world, but mainly in Europe and in Colombia, the requested answers.