INTRODUCTION: More than 550 people died and at least 80 were injured in the world's worst aircraft disaster in the Canary Islands on Sunday (27 March).
GV PAN ACROSS Wreckage on tarmac of Tenerife airport, Canary Islands.
SV PAN FROM Tail section to fuselage wreckage. (2 shots)
SCU PAN ACROSS Belongings among wreckage. (2 shots)
GV AND SV Wreckage
GV ZOOM IN TO Wreckage on runway.
CU Survivor speaking in English to NBC reporter.
GRAVES: "The mist sheltered would be rescuers throughout the night. When it lifted with the dawn, even those who had been on the scene through the hours of darkness were shocked by the carnage. Both aircraft had been ripped into pieces. Few and far between of the many thousands of these pieces were those recognisable as having only a few hours before being part of aircraft. The runway was carpeted with the pieces of wreckage, mingled with the remnants of passengers personal baggage. The pictures can show this horror, they can't convey the stench of the dead, of the smouldering still of the two aircraft, a stench which hung over the airport long after the last flames had died and the last bodies had been removed. Once this task had been completed, the workers seemed not surprisingly to hardly know what to do next. Most of the dead were still strapped in their seats as though ready for take off. One mother was still clutching her small daughter to her bosom. The witnesses could only talk of the horror of it all.
PASSENGER: "Well my first engines will be coming out there. But then it got so bad where we were and new we new they weren't comings that we had to get off. I knew that I wasn't going to stay in there and burn up."
REPORTER: "Well how does if feel to be a survivor in what is the world's largest aircrash."
PASSENGER: "It feels great to be alive. I'd be lying if I said anything else."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: More than 550 people died and at least 80 were injured in the world's worst aircraft disaster in the Canary Islands on Sunday (27 March). Two Boeing 747s or the American Pan Am and Dutch KLM airlines collided and exploded into flames on the airport runway at Tenerife. No official reason has yet been given for the crash, but the planes were both preparing for take off. Keith Graves of BBC news was on the scene soon after the crash and filed this report.