Re: Huge capacity aircraft and accidents

From: (Edgar W. Holcomb II)
Organization: Cabletron Systems Inc.
Date:         05 Oct 93 13:18:15 PDT
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In article <airliners.1993.615@ohare.Chicago.COM> (Stephen J. Okay) writes:

   In article <airliners.1993.607@ohare.Chicago.COM> (Mr D M Procida) writes:
   >Would an airline be able to survive a crash that killed 600 of its
   >customers? What sort of insurance prospects would an airline with such
   >aircraft face?

   Well, it wasn't exactly 600 dead, but quite a few were killed in the
   Tenerife accident in 197(6?) when 2 747s collided. Both of those 
   airlines are still around I believe.( I forget exactly who they
   were...Lufthansa and somebody else?)


This accident occured in 1977.  It involved a 747 from KLM and on from
Pan Am.  KLM is still around, but we all know what happened to Pan Am.
I wonder if this accident simply added more debt to an already debt-ridden
airline, thereby contributing to its demise.

I don't know if KLM is still paying insurance claims.  KLM lost more
passengers than Pan Am.  And, I believe, the pilot for KLM was found to
be more at fault than that for the Pan Am plane.

"I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a king, they don't
just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas."