Communication Failure Caused Worst ever Runway Collision

The Tenerife disaster was the worst-ever runway collision in aviation history. The tragedy occurred when two Boeing 747s collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport (now called Tenerife North Airport) on the Spanish island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, on March 27, 1977, killing 583 people.

Two planes collide on Runway

Two planes collide on Runway

Safety A bomb explosion at Gran Canaria Airport, and the threat of a second bomb, caused many aircraft to be diverted to Tenerife Airport. Among them were KLM Flight 4805 and Pan American Flight 1736 – the two aircraft involved in the accident. The air traffic controllers were forced to park many of the airplanes on the taxiway, thereby blocking it. Further…. Read the whole story in the November issue of “Safety Messenger Magazine 2014”

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