The deadliest plane crash in history.

The extremely thorough folks over at Nova recently produced a startling program called The Deadliest Plane Crash. I know the title sounds like something that you might see late at night on FX, but it’s actually not hyperbole.

From their site:

On March 27, 1977, on the island of Tenerife, two fully loaded 747 jumbo jets collided on a fog-blanketed runway, claiming the lives of 583 people in what is still the deadliest crash in aviation history. Now, almost 30 years later, near misses on the ground are the leading cause of aviation accidents, raising the question of what can be done to improve runway safety. Featuring moving interviews with the few survivors of the disaster and with top accident investigators, this program examines the fateful confluence of events that led to the Tenerife tragedy and its continuing relevance for air travel today.

The series of events that had to take place for the accident to happen is as amazing as the crash itself is horrifying. As interesting as all of this is, my wife and I had an even further interest in the show. Her grandfather, Robert Carver North, was supposed to be on that flight.

2 Responses to “The deadliest plane crash in history.”

  1. 1 Glenda Jun 3rd, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    I just saw the program called the deadliest plane crash and nothing was said about how may people survived and I would like to know how many. If you know will you plese e-mail me back andtell me.

    Thank you


  2. 2 Tenerife Mortgages Jan 8th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I am a mortgage broker in Tenerife and have flown out of that airport many times.
    A few times I have taken the first flight to Madrid and often it is very foggy.
    The airport is closed when visibility is too bad.
    I much prefer flying from the airport in the South!

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