The Tenerife Air Disaster - Part 2 - Air Crash Disasters

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On March 27th, 1977 the worse disaster in aviation history took place. In an attempt to take off in a thick fog, a 747 collides with another on the runway in Tenerife. The fiery explosion kills 583 people leaving just 70 survivors. By using forensic re-creations and transcripts of the recorded cockpit control tower conversations, this programme investigates exactly what went wrong.

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The narrator is the same who does Behind The Music on VH1 😋

Author — Cindi Morgan

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From what I understand is that the KLM captain started down the runway to take off without permission! They had only so many hours to get back to Amsterdam or face the possibility of losing their jobs.

Author — Steven Denton

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9:03 the pan am plane is clipper victor not clipper rainbow

Author — Beng Yew

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At 3:19 the narrator states that Veldhuyzen van Zanten's decision was unnescessary..
This isn't entirely correct, there was enough feul to reach Las Palmas, but not for the flight back to Amsterdam.
He wanted to use the delay as efficiënt as possible by refeuling so that he could fly back immediately.
Otherwise the crew would exceed their working hours, forcing them to stay.
If the crew would exceed their working hours.. there would be serious consequences by the new rule of the FAA.

Author — sarin82

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The Pan Am was instructed to taxi down the runway behind the KLM. The KLM was to turn around at the end and wait until the Pan Am had exited the runway at the C4 connecting taxiway.

However, because the captain of the KLM wanted to take off ASAP (the crew was going to exceed their maximum allowed flight hours if the plane stayed on the ground for much longer), he started his takeoff roll before the Pan Am crew confirmed that they had cleared the runway, and crashed right into them.


Author — King Bibi

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The fog bank was death coming to claim its victims.

Author — Johnjohn

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omg full of mistakes the documentary-.-

Author — uvidmaster

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7:20:-
That's supposed the DC-9 (mentioned by Bragg) in the front?
It looks like a Trident, Yak-40, B727 or something...

Author — Ahmad Munawwir

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@STEVEGET It also doesn't seem to be at all well researched.

Author — PassiveSmoking

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I have known the captain, copilot and purser. Three excellent professionals from the times before when I was their colleague.

Author — annette kiel

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i NEED SOME MORE GAS..SORRY 580 FAMILIES..SORRY!!!

Author — bob phelps

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Why in HELL was the Pan Am back tracking? Why weren't they advised to wait for the KLM to take off first, then enter the runway after. Why would you put two airplanes on the same runway facing

Author — Donna Nielsen

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This airport was run by FUCKING IDIOTS

Author — Borislav tgfan

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Ugh how many more times are they gonna show us that cheesy animation at 5:18 ...

Author — dicetaro

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The Flying Dutchman is on the aft section of every KLM plane. They put the name on the forward section of the aircraft, under the window line, just ahead of the #1 & #2 doors.

Author — Darin Kirschner

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2:34- BS. The KLM passengers were allowed into the terminal, but the Pan Am passengers were not, because the terminal was too full. In fact, two children on the KLM flight got lost in the terminal and the KLM waited for them to be found before backtracking down the runway. And at 9:03- Clipper Rainbow! (The accident 747 was called Clipper Victor)

Author — King Bibi

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No, they wanted to get the planes out as fast as possible--the fog was setting in fast and the planes had already been ground delayed for hours. It's actually done quite often, and the only reason it went wrong this time was because Captain van Zanten was an arrogant little douchebag.

Author — King Bibi

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WTF!! Why would you get more fuel, that YOU DON'T NEED, and cause an additional 35 minutes of wait time, ON TOP OF the initial 2 hour delay??? I'd be pissed off as hell if I was a captain of a plane stuck behind the KLM!! I mean...the 2 hour delay is bad enough!! If he wanted more fuel...why not get the fuel DURING the 2 hour Instead, you're going to make EVERYONE wait an additional 35 minutes, for fuel you didn't need!!! Because of that, AND the fact that he never got clearance to take off, caused this crash! Dumbass!!! Rest in peace to all those poor souls that died on that fateful day at Tenerife.

Author — David Kelly

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I m thanks that. People. Who. Dislikes. You

Author — Debjani NandiSen

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It really stuns me that such a goofball error could be made by a Captain of such stature.

Author — Dan Berkey