Disasters: Wrong Turn

Two jets collide in Madrid fog

The Iberia 727 carrying 84 passengers and nine crew members was roaring down the foggy runway at Madrid's Barajas Airport, taking off on a flight to Rome. Suddenly Captain Carlos Lopez Barranco glimpsed another plane rolling toward him on the runway. Desperately, he swerved right, but the left wing and a portion of the 727's fuselage slammed into the approaching Aviaco Airlines DC-9, which was taxiing out for a flight to the northern Spanish city of Santander.

The DC-9 exploded, killing all 37 passengers and five crew members....

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