Published on February 2nd, 20120
Most Deadly Aviation Disaster – Tenerife
On March 27th, 1977 in the beautiful Canary Islands in Spain, the worst disaster in Aviation histrory to date took place. In an atempt 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 transcriptions of the recorded cockpit and control tower conversations, this programme investigates exactly what went wrong. We interview the only surviving pilot, Captain Robert Bragg, and two of the stewardesses working on one of the planes that day as they take us through the events and their experiences. We hear from numerous experts, authors and pilots as we try to unravel the events leading up to the incredible disaster.
This type of collision is referred to as a runway incursion shockingly, we learn that we are far from protected from another Tenerife taking place again.
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