Friday, March 27, 2009


We're always in such a big hurry. We travel distances routinely that would boggle our ancestors. For recreation.

The worst air disaster ever, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Political violence played a part:
A militant separatist group set off a small bomb at Las Palmas Airport on Gran Canaria, closing that field and rerouting air traffic to the much-smaller Los Rodeos Airport on Tenerife.
Which overworked the controllers (and of course there's never enough anyway...) so things got hectic and the bad airport equipment didn't help...

The bottom line?
Despite the various factors feeding into the disaster, the official inquiry laid the entire blame on van Zanten. The veteran pilot's most egregious sin, caused either by impatience or miscommunication, was to take off without having received clearance from the tower.

Had van Zanten waited, the worst aviation accident in history would never have happened.
( Read the rest at Wired News - it's good)

The phrase 'dying to have a good time' leaps to mind... so does 'slow down'

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