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Transcript from Cockpit Voice Recorder

This is the transcript from the Pan Am cockpit's voice recorder.  It ends with a scream from Captain van Zanten.

1701:57.0

PanAm Radio(c/p) Tenerife the Clipper one seven three six.

(1702:00.2)1702:01.8

TENERIFE TOWER Clipper one seven three six Tenerife.

1702:03.6

PanAm Radio(c/p) Ah- We were instructed to contact you and also to taxi down the runway, is that correct?

(1702:07.4)1702:08.4

TENERIFE TOWER Affirmative, taxi into the runway and -ah leave the runway third, third to your left, (background conversation in the tower).

1702:16.4

PanAm Radio(c/p) Third to the left, O.K.

(17:02.18.3)1702:18.4

PanAm FLT ENGR Third he said.CAM-? Three.

1702:20.6

TENERIFE TOWER Third one to your left.

1702:21.9

PanAm CAPTAIN  I think he said first.

1702:26.4

PanAm CO-PILOT  I'll ask him again.CAM-?* * *

1702:32.2

PanAm CO-PILOT Left turn.

1702:33.1

PanAm CAPTAIN
  I don't think they have take-off minimums anywhere right now.

1702:39.2

PanAm CAPTAIN   What really happened over there [at Las Palmas] today?

1702:41.6

CAM-4   They put a bomb (in) the terminal, Sir, right where the check-in counters are.

1702:46.6

PanAm CAPTAIN  Well we asked them if we could hold and -uh - I guess you got the word, we landed here **CAM-?* * *

1702:49.8

TENERIFE TOWER KLM four eight zero five how many taxiway -ah- did you pass?

1702:55.6

KLM (Radio) I think we just passed charlie four now.

1702:59.9

TENERIFE TOWER  O.K. ... at the end of the runway make one eighty and report -ah- ready -ah- for ATC clearance (background conversation in the tower).

1703:09.3

PanAm CO-PILOT 
The first one is a ninety degree turn.

1703:11.0

PanAm CAPTAIN  Yeah, O.K.

1703:12.1

PanAm CO-PILOT  Must be the third ... I'll ask him again.

1703:14.2

PanAm CAPTAIN  O.K.

1703:16.6

PanAm CAPTAIN  We could probably go in it's ah ...

1703:19.1

PanAm CAPTAIN  You gotta make a ninety degree turn.

1703:21.6

PanAm CAPTAIN  Yeah, uh.

1703:21.6

PanAm CO-PILOT

Ninety degree turn to get around this ... this one down here it's a forty five.

1703:29.3

PanAm Radio(c/p)  Would you confirm that you want the clipper one seven three six to turn left at the third intersection?

(1703:35.4).1703:35.1

PanAm CAPTAIN  One, two.

1703:36.4

TENERIFE TOWER  The third one, sir, one; two, three, third, third one

(1703:38.3)..1703:38.3

CAM-? One two (four).

1703:39.0

PanAm CAPTAIN  Good.

1703:40.1

PanAm CAPTAIN  That's what we need right, the third one.

1703:42.9

PanAm FLT ENGR  Uno, dos, tres.

1703:44.0

PanAm CAPTAIN   Uno, dos, tres.

1703:44.9

PanAm FLT ENGR  Tres - uh - si.

1703:46.5

PanAm CAPTAIN   Right.

1703:47.6

PanAm FLT ENGR   We'll make it yet.

1703:47.6

TENERIFE TOWER
...er seven one three six report leaving the runway.

1703:49.1

PanAm CO-PILOT   Wing flaps?

1703:50.2

PanAm CAPTAIN  Ten, indicate ten, leading edge lights are green.

1703:54.1

CAM-?  Get that.

1703:55.0

PanAm Radio(c/p)  Clipper one seven three six

(1703:56.4)1703:56.5

PanAm CO-PILOT   Yaw damp and instrument?

1703:58.6

PanAm CAPTAIN   Ah - Bob we'll get a left one

*1703:59.3

PanAm CO-PILOT  I got a left.

1704:00.6

PanAm CAPTAIN   Did you?

1704.00.9

PanAm CO-PILOT   And -ah - need a right.

1704:02.6

PanAm CAPTAIN  I'll give you a little

*1704:03.8

PanAm CO-PILOT  Put a little aileron in this thing.

1704:05.0

PanAm CAPTAIN   O.K., here's a left and I'll give you a right one right here.

1704:09.7

PanAm CAPTAIN 
  O.K. right turn right and left yaw.

1704:11.4

PanAm CO-PILOT  Left yaw checks.

1704:12.4

PanAm CAPTAIN  O.K., here's the rudders.

1704:13.6

PanAm CAPTAIN  Here's two left, centre, two right centre.

1704:17.8

PanAm CO-PILOT
  Checks.

1704:19.2

PanAm CO-PILOT   Controls.

1704:19.6

PanAm CAPTAIN   Haven't seen any yet!

1704:20.3

PanAm CO-PILOT   I haven't either.

1704:21.7

PanAm CAPTAIN 
  They're free, the indicators are checked.

1704:24.6

PanAm CO-PILOT
  There's one.

1704:25.8

PanAm CAPTAIN 
There's one.

1704:26.4

PanAm CAPTAIN 
  That's the ninety degree.

1704:28.5

CAM-?
O.K.

1704:34.5

CAM-?***  PanAm CO-PILOT  Weight and balance finals?

1704:37.7

CAM (Sounds similar to stabilizer trim).

(1704:44.8)1704:37.2

PanAm CAPTAIN   We were gonna put that on four and a half

1704:39.8

PanAm FLT ENGR  We got four and a half and we weigh five thirty four (sound of stabilizer trim).

1704:44.6

PanAm CO-PILOT
  Four and a half on the right.

1704:46.8

PanAm CO-PILOT   Engineer's taxi check.

1704:48.4

PanAm FLT ENGR
  Taxi check is complete.

1704:50.5

PanAm CO-PILOT
  Take-off and departure briefing?

1704:52.1

PanAm CAPTAIN
  O.K., it'll be standard, we gonna go straight out there till we get thirty five hundred feet then we're gonna make that reversal and go back' out to * fourteen.

1704:58.2

TENERIFE TOWER - [kl]m eight seven zero five and clipper one seven ... three six, for your information, the centre line lighting is out of service. (TENERIFE TOWER transmission is readable but slightly broken.)

1705:05.8

KLM (Radio)  I copied that.

1705:07.7

PanAm Radio(c/p)  Clipper one seven three six.

1705:09.6

PanAm CAPTAIN  We got centre line markings (* only) (could be "don't we) they count the same thing as ... we need eight hundred metres if you don't have that centre line... I read that on the back (of this) just a while ago.

1705:22.0

PanAm CAPTAIN  That's two.

1705:23.5

PanAm FLT ENGR   Yeh, that's forty-five there.

1705:25.7

PanAm CAPTAIN  Yeh.

1705:26.5

PanAm CO-PILOT   That's this one right here.

1705:27.2

PanAm CAPTAIN  (Yeh) I know.

1705:28.1

PanAm FLT ENGR   O.K.

1705:28.5

PanAm FLT ENGR  Next one is almost a forty-five, huh yeh.

1705:30.6

PanAm CAPTAIN  But it goes...

1705:32.4

PanAm CAPTAIN
  Yeh, but it goes ... ahead, I think (it's) gonna put us on (the) taxiway.

1705:35.9

PanAm FLT ENGR
   Yeah, just a little bit yeh.

1705:39.8

CAM-?  O.K., for sure.

1705:40.0

PanAm CO-PILOT
  Maybe he, maybe he counts these (are) three.CAM-? Huh.

1705:44.8

CAM-?  I like this.

1705:44.8

KLM (Radio)  Uh, the KLM ... four eight zero five is now ready for take-off ... uh and we're waiting for our ATC clearance.

1705:53.4

TENERIFE TOWER   KLM eight seven * zero five uh you are cleared to the Papa Beacon climb to and maintain flight level nine zero right turn after take-off proceed with heading zero four zero until intercepting the three two five radial from Las Palmas VOR.

(1706:08.2) 1706:09.6  KLM (Radio)

Ah roger, sir, we're cleared to the Papa Beacon flight level nine zero, right turn out zero four zero until intercepting the three two five and we're now (at take-off).

(1706:17.9) 1706:13.0

KLM CAPTAIN  We gaan. (We're going)

1706:18.19

TENERIFE TOWER
  OK.

1706:19.3

PanAm Radio(c/p)
  No .. eh.

1706:20.08

TENERIFE TOWER
  Stand by for take-off, I will call you.

1706:20.3

PanAm Radio(c/p)
  And we're still taxiing down the runway, the clipper one seven three six.

1706:19.39-  1706:23.19

RDO and TENERIFE TOWER
communications caused a shrill noise in KLM cockpit - messages not heard by KLM crew.

1706:25.6

TENERIFE TOWER
  Roger alpha one seven three six report when runway clear

1706:29.6

PanAm Radio(c/p)
  OK, we'll report when we're clear.

TENERIFE TOWER
  Thank you

1706:32.43

KLM FLT ENGR   Is hij er niet af dan? {Is he not clear then?}

1706:34.1

KLM CAPTAIN  Wat zeg je? {What do you say?}

1706:34.15

KLM -?
  Yup.

1706:34.7

KLM FLT ENGR  Is hij er niet af, die Pan American? {Is he not clear that Pan American?}

1706:35.7

KLM CAPTAIN  Jawel. {Oh yes. - emphatic}

1706:40.0

PanAm captain sees landing lights of KLM Boeing at approx. 700m

1706:44.0

PH-BUF started rotation

1706:47.44

KLM CAPTAIN  [Scream]  1706:50.0 collision

 


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