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On March 27 1977 at 170652 GMT A KLM 747 collided with a Pan Am 747 in dense fog on runway 30 at Los Rodeos Airport in the Spanish Canary Islands KLM flight 4805 was a 747-206B with serial number PH-BUF Pan Am flight 1736 was a 747-121 with serial number N736PA Both aircraft were properly maintained and airworthy according to the regulations of the country of registration All crew members of both aircraft were properly certified and current for their particular crew member positions on the Boeing 747 The KLM captain had 11700 hrs With 1545 of those hours on the 747 The First officer had a total of 9200 hours at the time of the accident with only 95 hours on the 747 The flight engineer had 17031 hours with 543 hours on the 747 The Pan Am captain had 21043 total with 584 hours on the 747 His co-pilot had 10800 hours with 2796 hours on the 747 The flight engineer had 15210 hours total flight time with 559 hours on the 747 KLM 4805 was a charter flight from Amsterdam Netherlands to Las Palmas Canary Islands on behalf of Holland international Travel Group Pan Am 1736 was also a charter flight to Las Palmas originating in Los Angeles California the previous afternoon with a stop over and crew change at New York JFK The two aircraft involved in the accident were diverted to Los Rodeos because of a terrorist bomb explosion at Las Palmas Airport There was a threat of another bomb so for security reasons no one could land there Upon arrival at Los Rodeos several other diverted airliners were already on the ground waiting to go to Las Palmas The Pan Am parked next to the KLM The captain of the KLM was constantly on the radio trying to find out when the airport would reopen He was concerned that he and his flight crew were going
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