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★★★★★ Mayday - S03E14 - Crash of the Century Full Mayday - S03E14 - Crash of the Century Full Mayday - S03E14 - Crash of the Century Full Mayday - S03E14 - Crash of the Century Full Mayday - S03E14 - Crash of the Century Full On March 27th 1977, on the runway at a Canary Islands airport, two 747 jumbo jets crashed into each other, killing 583 passengers and crew members. The crash still stands as the worst in aviation history. The airport was the Los Rodeos Airport on Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The Boeing 747s were both charter jets that were not scheduled to be at their that day. Both had been diverted from the Las Palmas Airport, after a group of militants had set off a small bomb at the airport's flower shop earlier that day. The first plane was a Pan Am charter carrying passengers from Los Angeles and New York to a Mediterranean cruise. The second was a KLM charter with Dutch tourists. Both were diverted to Santa Cruz that fateful day. The Los Rodeos airport is infamous for its sudden fog problems and was not a favourite location for pilots. At 4:40 p.m. on a typically foggy afternoon, the KLM jet was cleared to taxi to the end of the single main runway. The Pan Am jet followed behind it and was to wait in side space while the KLM jet turned around to begin takeoff. However, in the fog, the Pan Am pilot was unable to keep the KLM jet in sight and did not move into the proper position. The Dutch crew of the KLM jet, possibly unable to understand the accented English spoken by the flight controllers, began to take off down the runway before the Pan Am jet was able to move to the side space. At the last minute, the Pan Am pilot saw the other 747 coming straight at his own jet and screamed "What's he doing? He'll kill us all!" He attempted to swerve into a grassy field, but it was too late. The KLM 747 slammed into the side of the Pan Am jet and both planes erupted into a huge fireball. The only survivors on either plane were those in the very front of the Pan Am 747. Survivor Lynda Daniel later said of the disaster, It exploded from the back. Most of the people in the first six rows made it. The investigation concluded that the fundamental cause of the accident was that Captain Van Zanten (KLM) took off without takeoff clearance. The investigators suggested the reason for his mistake might have been a desire to leave as soon as possible in order to comply with KLM's duty-time regulations, and before the weather deteriorated further. Other major factors contributing to the accident were: •The sudden fog greatly limited visibility. The control tower and the crews of both planes were unable to see one another. •Simultaneous radio transmissions, with the result that neither message could be heard. The following factors were considered contributing but not critical: •Use of ambiguous non-standard phrases by the KLM co-pilot ("We're at take off") and the Tenerife control tower ("OK"). •The Pan Am aircraft had not exited the runway at C-3. •The airport was (due to rerouting from the bomb threat) forced to accommodate a great number of large aircraft, resulting in disruption of the normal use of taxiways.
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Watch the exclusive GamesCom 2011 CryEngine 3 gameplay demonstration for Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 only on XboxViewTV. The first game would be sold over 1 million times. ABOUT THIS GAME ************************ Takes the bulls-eye precision of its best-selling predecessor to new and exciting heights. Powered by the CryENGINE 3 engine, the missions of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 are graphically stunning and more challenging as you once again step into the ghilliesuit of a special ops sniper to take down the enemy. FEATURES Diverse Gameplay • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 takes all the breathless anticipation, precise controls and skillful fun of sniping and mixes it with stealth and silent elimination play, action scenes, a co-operative move playbook • Night vision and thermo vision goggles to use in limited visibility situations • Vehicle sections are a new addition to the Sniper series • Multiple and varied locations including urban, jungle, mountain and tundra environments THE Authentic, Modern Sniper Experience • Realistic ballistics take into account the player's location, wind speed and direction, breathing rate and distance from the target • Snipers do not fight alone in the real world and nor do they in Sniper 2. Working with your spotter is key • All environments are based on real-world locations • An array of faithfully recreated weapons are at your disposal, including six sniper rifles, three assault rifles, heavy machine guns, and more More Skill, More Rewards • Silent kills allow for quiet enemy elimination and successful execution sees the player rewarded with a brutal kill animation • Bullet cam shows particularly successful hits • Limb dismemberment from large calibre guns and explosions Innovation & Technology • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is built on CryEngine3, the most advanced multi-platform development tool for current-generation consoles and for PC • New equipment for stealth gameplay • Distinct co-op mode built especially for two players • Multiplayer modes designed especially for sniper duels. • Epic story crafted by acclaimed writers Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 ***************************** GENRE: First-Person Shooter RELEASE DATE(S): + (US): Spring, 2012 + (EU): Spring, 2012 PLATFORM: Xbox 360 ALSO ON: PC, PS3 WEBSITE: *******city-interactive****/ AVAILABLE AMAZON: Coming soon. PUBLISHER: City Interactive DEVELOPER: City Interactive ESRB: RP for Rating Pending XboxViewTV on FACEBOOK *********************************** *******www.facebook****/XboxViewTV XboxViewTV ON TWITTER ******************************* *******www.twitter****/XboxViewTV
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In 1977 two Boeing 747 airliners collided on the runway of Los Rodeos Airport (now known as Tenerife North Airport) on the Spanish island of Tenerife, resulting in the deaths of 583 people, making it the worst accident in aviation history. The number of fatalities caused by airplane related crashes was exceeded only by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The disaster took place on March 27, 1977 at 17:06:56 local time. The aircraft involved were the 747s of Pan Am Flight 1736 (the Clipper Victor) under the command of Captain Victor Grubbs, and KLM Flight 4805 (the Rijn) under the command of Captain Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten. Taking off on the only runway of the airport, the KLM flight crashed into the Pan Am aircraft taxiing in the opposite direction on the same runway. Probable cause While there is disagreement about their relative importance, the investigation concluded that the major factors of the accident were: * KLM mistakenly took off without a take-off clearance. * The sudden fog limited visibility greatly. The control tower and the crews of both planes were unable to see each other. * Pan Am mistakenly continued to exit 4 instead of exiting at number 3 as directed by ATC. * Simultaneous radio transmissions, with the result that neither message could be heard. * Use of ambiguous non-standard phrases by the KLM co-pilot ("We're at take off") and the Tenerife control tower ("O.K."). * The airport was (due to rerouting from the bomb threat) forced to accommodate a large number of large aircraft, resulting in disruption of the normal use of taxiways. [edit] Speculations Experts speculated about other contributing factors: * Captain Veldhuyzen van Zanten's failure to confirm instructions from the tower. The flight was one of his first after spending six months training new pilots on a flight simulator. He may have suffered from 'training syndrome', having been in charge of everything at the simulator (including simulated ATC), and having been away from the real world of flying for extended periods.[2] * The flight engineer's apparent hesitation to further challenge Veldhuyzen van Zanten, possibly because Captain van Zanten was not only senior in rank, but also one of the most able and experienced pilots working for the airline.[2] * The possibility that van Zanten was in a hurry to commence the delayed flight due to Dutch regulations on exceeding crew duty hours.[10] * The extra fuel that the KLM plane took on added several factors. It delayed take-off an extra 35 minutes, which gave time for the fog to settle in. It added 55 tons of weight to the plane, which made it more difficult to clear the Pan Am when taking off. It also made the explosion from the crash that ultimately killed everyone on board that much larger and more deadly. * Captain van Zanten's reaction, once he spotted the Pan Am plane, was to attempt to take off before he had adequate airspeed. The sharp lifting angle caused the KLM jet to drag its tail on the runway, thereby reducing its speed even further. The plane had, however, exceeded its V1 speed[11]. * There was disagreement between the various investigative bodies, with the Dutch investigators suggesting that during the incident the Spanish control tower crew had been listening to a football game on the radio and that the American crew was at fault for staying on the runway. Both the Spanish and Pan American investigations pointed the finger primarily at the KLM crew
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