Death Toll Mounts To 577 In Collision Of 747s In Canaries

Title

Death Toll Mounts To 577 In Collision Of 747s In Canaries

Description

In what remains the deadliest aviation disaster in history, two 747 jumbo jets from Pan Am Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airways collided on a runway at Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife on the Canary Islands. The two planes were among several that diverted to Tenerife after a terrorist bombing closed the airport at their original destination in Gran Canaria, located 70 miles to the southeast. Because of heavy congestion on the ground, aircraft were forced to taxi on the runway to position for takeoff. When Gran Canaria Airport re-opened, dense fog had settled over Tenerife, severely limiting visibility for pilots and air traffic controllers. As the KLM plane attempted to take off, it collided head-on with the Pan Am jet, which had yet to clear the runway. In total, 583 people were killed. Only 61 passengers, all on the Pan Am flight, survived.

Creator

Associated Press

Source

New York Times

Date

29 March 1977

Contributor

Daniel W. Mahon

Format

Print

Type

Text

Coverage

1900-1999

Files

KLM wreckage.JPG

Citation

Associated Press, “Death Toll Mounts To 577 In Collision Of 747s In Canaries,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/63.

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