Tenerife Airport Disaster Recreation

A terrorist incident at Gran Canaria Airport had caused many flights to be diverted to Los Rodeos, including the two aircraft involved in the accident. The airport quickly became congested with parked airplanes blocking the only taxiway and forcing departing aircraft to taxi on the runway instead. Patches of thick fog were drifting across the airfield, so that the aircraft and control tower were unable to see one another.[1][2]

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 4805 and most of the occupants of Pan Am 1736, with only 61 survivors in the front section of the aircraft.[1][2]

The subsequent 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(ATC) had been issued.[3] Dutch investigators placed a greater emphasis on mutual misunderstanding in radio communications between the KLM crew and ATC,[4] but ultimately KLM admitted that their crew was responsible for the accident and the airline agreed to financially compensate the relatives of all of the victims.[5]

The disaster had a lasting influence on the industry, highlighting in particular the vital importance of using standardized phraseology in radio communications. Cockpit procedures were also reviewed, contributing to the establishment of crew resource managementas a fundamental part of airline pilots’ training.[6]

Pictures where taken on Training Server and Special Thanks to @United_1154 for helping me out!


The Two Jumbos Refuelling


KLM 4805 Backtaxi’s The Runway


Pan Am 1736 Backtaxi’s The Runway After KLM 4805 Exits The Runway


KLM 4805 Lines Up And Later Is Given Takeoff Clearence.


Pan Am 1736 misses The Instructed Exit And Continues To Backtaxi


Disaster Strikes. Pan Am 1736 sees the KLM Taking Off And Exits The Runway Slowly

At first, the majority of the passengers have died, and the rest came out with serious injuries.
But months later, the remaining survivors died due to them being sick because of the wreckage or life-threatening injuries, making this the deadliest crash in aviation history.

Again, special thanks to @United_1154 for helping me out by being the KLM.

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Ok, so the KLM 747 was never given permission to take-off, the KLM 747 was a 747-200, not -400 and the Pam-Am 747 was actually exiting on the right taxiway, taxiway C-4 considering taxiway C-3 wasn’t suitable. They didn’t miss it, they knew that they weren’t going to take C-3 in the first place. Plus, the KLM 747-200 also had a 72ft long tail strike which in that last photo, it wasn’t near being a tail strike.

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I used a 747-400 because there is no 747-200 with the normal KLM colors

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Same aircraft

Different livery

Same livery in IF

I know but the one that crashed was in different livery

Nice recreation! It really was the crash of the century

Pretty cool. Just need the KLM to be a bit higher clipping the top of the PanAm. Captain Van Zanten was rlly impatient because of the long delays and they had these duty times where they could be operating aircraft for a certain amount of times. They were getting pretty close to it. But yeah, the captain took off without permission while not knowing that the PanAm was still trying to exit. Ultimately the captains fault and some ATC communication problems imo. ATC told PanAm to exit on a exit that would be impossible to take so they had to go to the next one after that would be possible to take.

I think you should have put the visibility to low like in the crash, nice pictures though.

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If you want to fly online, you can’t change the weather. It’s live.

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Yes you can, in the replay file you can set the weather to whatever you want same with the time, you can also calibrate your device for some reason.

oh, sorry. I guess I didn’t notice that yet…

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It’s okay.

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I heard that one factor that also contributed in the crash was the fact that KLM 4805 decided to refuel before taking off.

If the KLM didn’t refuel, the plane would’ve been light enough to leave the ground before hitting the PanAM.

KLM didn’t need to refuel as they had enough fuel to get to their destination of Gando, but the Captain still decided to refuel


Wait a second, so everyone that was on one of the two airplanes have died, whether in the incident or months after the incident?

I thought a few lived to tell the story. Like the co-pilot of the PanAm.

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Nope, everyone has died

Here is a YouTube video made back in 2017 of a survivor of PanAm 1736. I haven’t heard anywhere that she has passed away.

And here was the co-pilot in 2000, years after the incident


Nonetheless, great photos! :D

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Well I cant say if it was everyone. The info says 583 people died in the crash