Collision on Tenerife: The How and Why of the World's Worst Aviation Disaster by Jon Ziomek

Collision on Tenerife: The How and Why of the World's Worst Aviation Disaster

byJon ZiomekContribution byCaroline Hopkins

Hardcover | October 23, 2018

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The world’s worst air disaster happened more than 40 years ago on a remote Atlantic Ocean island, when two fully loaded 747 passenger jets collided after a horrendous series of human errors.

One of the jets, KLM Flight 4805, was traveling more than 150 miles an hour and was within seconds of lifting off when it crashed into Pan Am Flight 1736 taxiing in its path. The loss of lives was staggering—583 dead. The crash happened after a lengthy series of major and minor human errors. In the intervening years, has aviation advanced to the point that such a disaster can’t happen again?

In this riveting account, written from the perspective of the passengers in the cabin as well as the crew members in the cockpits, Jon Ziomek explains how this largely forgotten accident took place—and what has happened since to reduce the possibility of another such catastrophe.
Jon Ziomek is a former Chicago newspaper reporter and retired Northwestern University journalism teacher and assistant dean. He has been a freelance writer for more than 40 years.
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Title:Collision on Tenerife: The How and Why of the World's Worst Aviation DisasterFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 inPublished:October 23, 2018Publisher:Post Hill PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1682617734

ISBN - 13:9781682617731

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Editorial Reviews

"As one of 75 initial survivors of the Canary Islands aircraft accident on March 27, 1977, and a contributor to this book, I am interested to read what some of the other survivors have to say about their experience. How could two 747s collide on the ground? They did, and this is our story. Jon Ziomek has compiled a great list of survivor memories."