This 1977 Plane Crash Occurred Right on the Runway

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This 1977 Plane Crash Occurred Right on the Runway 4.5

On March 27, 1977, at Los Rodeos airport in Tenerife, Pan Am Flight 1736 was sitting on the taxiway waiting to take off. A thick fog obscured the approach of KLM 4805, as it bore directly towards them.

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Terrorism, bad weather, negligence, passenger delay.. everything odd was against that day

Author — Ashish Sharma


I remember this episode, I think nobody survived on the KLM airliner. The pilot of the KLM plane was actually a famous pilot for his small country. He was very irritated for how long he was waiting. I think the Pan Am’s majority of passengers survived as only the top of their aircraft was torn off.

If you’re watching this before flying for some god awful reason, don’t be afraid. You’ll be okay.

Author — Mike Halve


How to survive every disaster:
Be the camera crew

Author — Eron the Executor class Star Destroyer


I will never get on a plane if I see the smithsonian crew get on board

Author — Race Bros


The KLM is impatience the tower said “STAND BY” but they takeoff anyway.

Author — DIONIX


Can you imagine being a passenger on the Pan Am plane and seeing another plane speeding towards you? To know you're about to die and not being able to do anything about it is so tragic and heartbreaking. So much loss of life in an instant.. I wouldn't be surprised if that airport is haunted.

Author — kecola


where is the very contextually inappropriate happy music?

Author — Eric Stewart


583 people dead because of miscommunication.

Author — Heritage NOT Hate


It’s ironic how the deadliest crash happened or started on the ground rather than in the air

Author — Kangas Khan


I was shocked by what the pilot of the KLM aircraft did, if he had been patient with the air traffic controller, if he had waited for clearance to takeoff, this accident would not have happened.

Author — Acepilot 092


Remember that crash as if it were yesterday, My brother met one of the few survivors (PanAm flight attendant). I actually visited Tenerife and saw the site of the crash (older airport).

Author — ultramet


"That idiot's comin'!"
Heh, that's not what he *really* said...

Author — chakky


A note of trivia about this crash: the Pan Am 747 was the very first 747 to go into service in 1969.

Author — Robert Walker


The KLLM pilot was in a hurry. It cost him and 582 other people their lives.

Author — KrK007


Everyone on the KLM flight died and there were 61 survivors from the Pan Am flight. The KLM captain thought he had clearance to take off which he thought was issued earlier when it really wasn't. There was also radio interference and the crew along with the ATC used improper phrasing like "We're taking off" and "okay."

Author — JSLR Productions


to this day every accident board outside of the one from KLM lays MOST of the blame for this accident on the KLM pilot.

Author — woody4077


Dude! Finish the story! Don't leave us hanging!

Author — Sara


The ATC guys ONLY speak clearly during Re-enactments.

Author — M Detlef


The worst aviation disaster in history all because of a... miscommunication.

Author — socksumi


first officer's acting was so natural.

Author — Anant Garg