On 27 March 1977, two Boeing 747s were at the Tenerife-North Airport. KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736 were flying holidaymakers to the island of Gran Canaria, but a terrorist bombing caused the flights to divert. The planes were getting ready to fly to Gran Canaria, and the Pan Am jet taxied onto the runway because other planes were parked on the taxiway. The KLM plane, ahead of the Pan Am 747, had already reached the end of the runway. KLM 4805 took off without permission, and hit the Pan Am 747 on the right side. The KLM 747, missing its right engines and left wingtip, stalled and crashed further down the runway. The 248 passengers and crew on KLM 4805 were killed, and 335 people on the Pan Am jet were killed as well. 61 people on Pan Am 1736 survived. It took 12 hours to extinguish the fire. In all, 583 people were killed. The Tenerife Airport Disaster is the deadliest aviation accident in history.
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