March 27, 2014
The news has been morbid enough of late, but it’s worth mentioning that today, March 27th, marks the 37th anniversary of the worst commercial airplane crash in history, the runway collision of two 747s on the Spanish island of Tenerife.
I was only eleven years-old at the time, but already an airliner buff, and I clearly remember the breaking news of the disaster, and watching the network coverage on the old Magnavox television in our living room. Later in life I would meet two of the survivors.
Business Insider has excerpted my essay about the crash, titled “We Gaan,” from chapter six of my book. You can read it here.