We'd like to take technology to a level that we can use technology to reduce the possibility of human error, or, if an error is made, catch that error before it becomes a catastrophe. There was no option other than to jump. Though the Canaries lie off the coast of Africa, they are Spanish territory. The worst previous collision between two aircraft occurred near Zagreb, Yugoslavia, last Sept. Two pilots were killed performing aerial acrobatics at the air show when their aircraft collided head-on in front of thousands of spectators. White with a blue window stripe, it wears the name Clipper Victor in frilly writing along the forward fuselage. One of those survivors was Bob Bragg, the Pan Am first officer.
Bringing up the rear are Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon Israel's first astronaut , Payload Commander Michael Anderson, and Mission Specialist David Brown. They are tired, annoyed, and anxious to get going. The astronauts just need to jury-rig a repair that will keep superheated gases from entering and destroying the wing upon reentry. Departing planes will need to taxi down on the runway itself. Both Boeing 747s were charter jets that were not supposed to be at the Los Rodeos Airport on Santa Cruz de Tenerife that day. Focused on the takeoff, Van Zanten and his first officer apparently miss this.
As the aircraft reached takeoff speed, the number one engine separated, damaging both the wing and hydraulic systems, causing the plane to roll as it tried to ascend. The crash was caused by many reasons. I can honor them best by living a life, a full life and not being afraid. Also killed was one person on the ground. Ten seconds later there is one final exchange, clearly and maddeningly audible on the post-crash tapes. As it happens, neither plane is supposed to be on Tenerife.
In the minds of millions of international travelers, that stairway is something of a civil aviation icon. But from the transcript it's unclear what the flight crew subsequently considers the proper taxiway to turn on, Charlie 3 or Charlie 4. However, Canary independence group Fuerzas Armadas Guanches set off a bomb at the Los Palmas airport, , the largest island of the Canaries. The big town on Tenerife is Santa Cruz, and its airport, beneath a set of cascading hillsides, is called Los Rodeos. Featuring moving interviews with the few survivors of the disaster and with top accident investigators, this program examines the fateful confluence of events that led to the Tenerife tragedy and its continuing relevance for air travel today. Eventually, authorities opened the airport perimeter gates, urging anybody with a vehicle to drive toward the crash scene to help.
The airport has no ground tracking radar. In 1977, in only its eighth year of service, the Boeing 747 was already the biggest, most influential, and possibly the most glamorous commercial jetliner ever built. But from the transcript it's unclear what the flight crew subsequently considers the proper taxiway to turn on, Charlie 3 or Charlie 4. The others from the cockpit would unfasten their belts and shimmy down the sidewalls to the main cabin floor before similarly leaping to safety. So I sat down by the body of the plane.
It happened on the small Spanish island of Tenerife, off the coast of West Africa. After a bomb planted by Canary Island separatists exploded in the Las Palmas airport flower shop, they diverted to Los Rodeos, along with several other flights, arriving around 2:00 p. The magnitude of the accident speaks for itself, but what makes it particularly unforgettable is the startling set of ironies and coincidences that preceded it. Said to Be Going 165 m. Somewhere on its nose is the dent from a champagne bottle. Ten seconds later there is one final exchange, clearly and maddeningly audible on the post--crash tapes. We're all familiar with this to a certain degree.
The fuselage was engulfed by fire. The aircraft struck a residential area about 500 meters from the far end of the runway. The two aircraft are now face-to-face a half a mile apart, unable to see each other in the fog. When a runway is in use, the airport's movement tracking system automatically switches on red holding lights to warn taxiing pilots not to cross onto the active strip. The collision occurred near Charkhi Dadri, about 60 miles 96 km west of New Delhi. Again, squeezed faces, dizziness, otherworldliness. Because the route clearance comes where and when it does, it is mistaken for a takeoff clearance as well.
Focused on the takeoff, Van Zanten and his first officer apparently miss this. Everything around them had been lifted away like a hat. The big town on Tenerife is Santa Cruz, and its airport, beneath a set of cascading hillsides, is called Los Rodeos. Goddamn, that son of a bitch is coming! Three are not tourists, but rather tour guides who live in the Canaries and are now returning to their homes. Bragg remembers one of the engines' huge forward turbofans detaching from its shaft, falling forward onto the ground with a thud.