first 36.7

The cockpit voice recorder transmissions from both planes
  • 1705: 36.7 [KLM first officer completes pre-flight checklist. KLM 4805 is now at the end of the runway, in position for departure.]
  • 1705: 41.5 KLM FIRST OFFICER Wait a minute, we don't have an ATC clearance. [This statement is apparently a response to an advancing of the throttles in the KLM.]
  • KLM CAPTAIN No, I know that, go ahead, ask.
  • 1705: 44.6 - 1705:50.8 KLM (RADIO) The KLM four eight zero five is now ready for take-off and we are waiting for our ATC clearance.
  • 1705: 53.4 - 1706:08.1 TENERIFE TOWER KLM eight seven zero five [sic] you are cleared to the Papa Beacon, climb to and maintain flight level nine zero, right turn after take-off, proceed with heading four zero until intercepting the three two five radial from Las Palmas VOR.
  • 1706: 07.4 KLM CAPTAIN Yes.
  • 1706: 09.6 - 1706:17.8 KLM (RADIO) Ah roger, sir, we are cleared to the Papa Beacon flight level nine zero until intercepting the three two five. We are now at take-off [or "uh..taking off"].
  • 1706: 11.1 [KLM brakes released.]
  • 1706: 12.3 KLM CAPTAIN We gaan ... check thrust. [We're going ... check thrust].
  • 1706: 14.0 [Engine acceleration audible in KLM cockpit]
  • 1706: 18.2 - 1706:21.2 TENERIFE TOWER OK.... Stand by for take-off, I will call you. [Only the start of this message could be heard clearly by the KLM crew due to a radio heterodyne.]
  • 1706: 19.3 PAN AM CAPTAIN No... uh.
  • 1706: 20.3 PAN AM (RADIO) And we're still taxiing down the runway, the clipper one seven three six. [This message was not heard completely clear by the KLM crew due to a radio heterodyne.]
  • 1706: 25.5 TENERIFE TOWER Ah, papa alpha one seven three six report the runway clear.
  • 1706: 29.6 PAN AM (RADIO) OK, will report when we're clear.
  • 1706: 31.7 TENERIFE TOWER Thank you
  • 1706: xx.x PAN AM CAPTAIN Let's get the hell right out of here.
  • 1706: xx.x PAN AM FIRST OFFICER Yeah, he's anxious, isn't he?
  • 1706: xx.x PAN AM FLT ENGR Yeah, after he held us up for all this time. Now he's in a rush.
  • 1706: 32.4 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: 34.2 KLM UNKNOWN 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: 40.5 [Pan Am captain sees landing lights of KLM Boeing at approx. 700 m]
  • PAN AM CAPTAIN There he is ... look at him. Goddamn that son-of-a-bitch is coming!
  • PAN AM FIRST OFFICER Get off! Get off! Get off!
  • 1706: 43.5 KLM FIRST OFFICER V-1.
  • 1706: 44.0 [PH-BUF (KLM 4805) started rotation.]
  • 1706: 47.4 KLM CAPTAIN [Exclamation/expletive]
  • 1706: 50 N736PA (Pan Am 1736) records sound of collision.