The Tragedy Continues

Episodes 4 and 5 have been uploaded.

Episode 4 covered the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis towards the end of World War II. The Indy was of the Cruiser class. In July 1945 she was sent on a top secret mission across the Pacific, traveling at full speed from San Francisco to the island of Tinian near Japan. What none of the crew knew was that they were carrying the active components for the atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima. On their return trip, they were torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in less than 12 minutes dumping the surviving sailors into the Pacific Ocean with no water, no shelter and very little food. The crew clung to rafts, life vests and any debris that would float. Trying to survive in the hot climate of the equatorial Pacific was one thing, fighting off swarms of sharks was quite another.

In Episode 5 we examined the horrific plane crash that took place in the Canary Islands at the airport at Tenerife. When a group of terrorists explode a bomb at the Las Palmas airport, it triggers a chain of events, that see large commercial jetliners rerouted to the small airport of Los Rodeos in Tenerife. The overcrowded airport becomes a parking lot and the skeleton air traffic control team must bring order out of chaos. Down to only one runway, they instruct a packed KLM 747 jetliner to proceed to the end of the runway and turn around. At the same time, they instruct an even larger Pan Am 747 to get on the same runway and turn at an unspecified exit. When a heavy fog socks in the whole air field the KLM pilot decides to take matters into his own hands.