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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Remembering Dan-Air Flight 1008 Thirty-Five Years On



Whilst most of us remember the fateful accident which occurred on March 27, 1977, in which 583 people died when KLM and Pan Am 747s collided on a foggy runway in Tenerife, not so often mentioned is the island's second air disaster that took place some three years later, 35 years ago today.

Dan-Air Flight 1008 was a fatal accident involving a Boeing 727-46 jet aircraft operated by Dan Air Services Limited on a non-scheduled international passenger service from Manchester to Tenerife.

The crash, which occurred on 25th April 1980 in the forest in La Esperanza while the aircraft's flight deck crew wrongly executed an unpublished holding pattern in an area of very high ground, resulted in the aircraft's destruction and the deaths of all 146 on board (138 passengers and eight crew). Flight 1008 also marked the greatest loss of life in an air disaster involving a British-registered aircraft.

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