The aviation industry has minimal accidents and incidents. However, these accidents are fatal when they occur. Aviation needs alot of security because a small blunder may cause a fatal accident.
One of the deadliest plane crashes in history was on the runway involving collision of two Boeing 747 passenger jets, operated by KLM and PAN AM. This happened in the Spanish island of Tenerife on Los Rodeos Airport( now Tenerife North Airport) on March 27, 1977.
The accident was fatal claiming 583 lives and only 61 survivors. All the survivors were from PAN AM. 335 passengers from PAN AM and 248 passengers from KLM lost their lives.
During the accident, the weather was not favourable because of fog which covered the entire airport. It was uneasy for the pilots to see what was ahead of them. They purely relied on the information from the ATC.
Pilot’s ignorance from KLM who initiated a take-off after being ordered to wait for clearance from ATC facilitated in the occurrence of the accident. PAN AM was taxing on the runway after losing direction due to fog coverage.
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