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35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:49 am

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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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:28 am

RIP to all of the victims....
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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:49 am

A day that forever changed aviation.

May all who lost their lives rest in peace.
 
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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:46 pm

I remember well......................
 
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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:51 pm

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.

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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:50 am

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.

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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:37 pm

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.
 
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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:22 pm

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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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:27 pm

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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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:35 pm

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.
 
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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:43 am

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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Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:16 am

 
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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:36 am

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

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RE: 35 Years Ago Today, Tenerife

Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:34 am

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.