Two Weeks Ago, I Almost Died in the Deadliest Plane Crash Ever

How Two Jetliners Nearly Collided Over the Pacific, Why No One Knows About It, and What It Means for Safety Oversight Aboard Airplanes

In 1977, the Tenerife Airport Disaster claimed 583 lives.

The Deadliest Aviation Accident in History

The Timeline

Cruising Altitude FlightAware data on United 1205 between Kona and Los Angeles (Data corresponds to red line)
Bottom of the Dive FlightAware data on United 1205 between Kona and Los Angeles (Data corresponds to red line)
Near Hit
Source: Flickr
A composite image of aircraft taking off (Flughafen by Ho-Yeol Ryu)
The April 25th near miss was close enough to pass through the “RA Region”

Safety Technology

Typical TCAS Envelope

It Just Takes One

Colgain Air Flight 3407 crashed in upstate New York in 2009
Inspecting an engine of the PanAm 747 at Tenerife

Just Enough

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