Crash of the Century

About the Show

March 27, 1977 – At two o'clock in the afternoon, a thick fog rolled into the usually quiet Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. On the runway sat two fully-loaded jumbo airliners, blanketed in fog. A bomb explosion at a nearby airport had redirected air traffic to the undermanned airfield at Tenerife. Within three hours 583 people would be dead. The planes involved, a KLM 747 and a Pam Am 747, never left the ground. It was the deadliest crash the world had ever witnessed. This documentary takes you into the cockpits and cabins of the two doomed planes and reconstructs the moments leading up to the tragedy.