church_of_cod: [An excellent article](http://www.askthepilot.com/essaysandstories/tenerife-we-gaan/) on this disaster by a pilot who met the pilot of the Pan Am flight many years after the event.
“Horror and absurdity” is exactly it. The crash was a classic example of large numbers of unlikely events, improbable coincidences and minor mistakes coming together in a bad way.
IranRPCV: I lost a friend in that accident. She was originally from Japan, and was one of the flight attendants. Rest in peace, Mari.
gotnonickname: He is a Guardia Civil, or Civil Guard. They are sort of a mix of soldier and policeman.