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Check Six: Pan Am 1736 – 40 years ago

March 27, 2017

From the This Day in Aviation website


27 March 1977: The deadliest accident in the history of aviation occured when two Boeing 747 airliners collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport (TFN), on the island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. 583 people died.

An airport closure at Las Palmas Island forced many trans-Atlantic airliners to divert to the smaller airport on Tenerife. The ramp and taxiways were congested and refuelers were overwhelmed by the increased traffic, leading to many delays.

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