On March 27, 1977, two Boeing 747 passenger jets, operating KLM Flight 4805 (Rijn) and Pan Am Flight 1736 (Clipper Victor), collided on the runway at Tenerife North Airport. Resulting in 583 fatalities.

N736PA, the Pan Am Boeing 747-121 and PH-BUF, the KLM Boeing 747-206B / Image: via de.wikipedia.org

The collision occurred when the KLM airliner initiated its takeoff run while the Pan Am airliner, shrouded in fog, was still on the runway and about to turn off onto the taxiway. The impact and resulting fire killed everyone on board KLM and most of the occupants of Pan Am, with only 61 survivors in the front section of the aircraft.

Both airplanes of the ground. Rijn (foreground) and Clipper Victor (center) at Los Rodeos on the day of the accident – Image: via wikipedia.org

The investigation by Spanish authorities concluded that the primary cause of the accident was the KLM captain’s decision to take off in the mistaken belief that a takeoff clearance from Air Traffic Control, had been issued.

Dutch investigators placed a greater emphasis on mutual misunderstanding in radio communications between the KLM crew and Air Traffic Control. KLM admitted that their crew was responsible for the accident.

Tenerife North–Ciudad de La Laguna Airport, formerly Los Rodeos Airport, is the smaller of the two international airports on the island of Tenerife. The site of the worst accident in aviation history, when two Boeing 747s collided on the runway in heavy fog conditions / Image: via islandconnections.eu
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Tenerife airport disaster crash / Animation: via wikipedia.org

⇒ Watch This 1977 Plane Crash Occurred Right on the Runway


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Websites: tenerife-memorial, aena.es



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