40 Year anniversary of the Tenerife KLM/Pan Am disaster

The true story behind the deadliest air disaster of all time


March 27th - Exactly 40 years ago, at Tenerife-North Airport (formerly Los Rodeos), two Boeing 747s - one belonging to KLM, the other to Pan Am - collided on a foggy runway (photo shows actual planes).

I’ve just spent some time reading this fascinating article. Take a read and share your thoughts:

(Photo credits: Telegraph)


R.I.P To all who died, this was a terrible disaster, it should be remembered in aviation


I wish all of them rest in peace. Wish the bomb on Canary Airport never happened. Then this tragedy wouldnt ever happen 😭

At least, this tragedy taught us how important CRM (Crew Resource Management) is and changed the world of aviation today


You might want to fix this typo, I guess you are referring time 😉


You might wanna fix your typo too, its referring 😂😂


When I read the wiki about this event, I found out why everyone on VATSIM says, “Ready to go Rwy xx” instead of “Ready for take off Rwy xx.”

Why is that mate? I couldn’t work it out from rereading?

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In the article, which is again brilliant it mentions a book.

Does anyone have it, read it?

Sorry man. I read the wiki instead of the link above. I edited my post.

No worries. Still, I’m interested why they say ready to go? :)

Because of this disaster, no one may use the work “take-off” unless ATC is giving or canceling a take-off clearance or the pilots are reading back. On VATSIM at least, they say “Ready to go rwy xx” to comply with this. This is all from wiki, so I’ll check the FARs.

EDIT: I checked online. People say it is not to be found in the FARs, but pilots are encoraged to use take-off unless reading back a clearance. Pilots replace take-off with, “departure” and “fly.” I guess the “go” falls into the same category of words.

P.S. Here is the link, radio communications - When should a pilot use the word "takeoff?" - Aviation Stack Exchange

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Interesting that the Pan Am 747 involved was actially the aircraft used on the first 747 commercial flight.

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The sad thing is that the final living Cockpit Crew member of Pan Am 1736, First Officer Robert Bragg, passed away on February 7 this year. :-(

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Oh wow, that’s too bad. He was a very good voice for the tragedy, both for his position as F/O and for his ability to create a great narrative you wanted to hear more of. And of course he was an important tie to a major event in history.

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