Ferdinand put his hand up to his chin, thinking for a moment. "I did not. But yes, I can see where you could get the comparison. Still though, I trust them."
Yo my Kaiser at any moment could go Aerys II Targaryen aka "Mad King" on the people.
Remember, the fog was very thicc there, not even the ATC or passengers could see what's going on outside. Also, one of the pilots in the KLM disobeyed orders from ATC. So there's that too. Oh yeah, also Tenerife=Canary Islands=Spain=we have not that much money. So ye.
These communications are taken from the cockpit voice recorders of both aircraft, as well as from the Tenerife control tower's tapes.
[KLM first officer completes pre-flight checklist. KLM 4805 is now at the end of the runway, in position for departure.]
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.
KLM (RADIO) The KLM four eight zero five is now ready for take-off and we are waiting for our ATC clearance.
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.
KLM CAPTAIN Yes.
KLM (RADIO) Ah roger, sir, we are cleared to the Papa beacon flight level nine zero, right turn out zero four zero until intercepting the three two five. We are now at take-off [or "uh..taking off"].
[KLM brakes released]
KLM CAPTAIN We gaan ... check thrust. [We're going ... check thrust].
[Engine acceleration audible in KLM cockpit]
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]
PAN AM CAPTAIN No... uh.
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]
TENERIFE TOWER Ah, Papa Alpha one seven three six, report the runway clear.
PAN AM (RADIO) OK, will report when we're clear.
TENERIFE TOWER Thank you. [This the last radio communication involving the two aircraft. Everything which follows is intra-cockpit communication amongst its respective crews.]
PAN AM CAPTAIN Let's get the hell out of here.
PAN AM FIRST OFFICER Yeah, he's anxious, isn't he?
PAN AM FLT ENGR Yeah, after he held us up for half an hour, that [expletive]. Now he's in a rush.
KLM FLT ENGR Is hij er niet af dan? [Is he not clear then?]
KLM CAPTAIN Wat zeg je? [What do you say?]
KLM UNKNOWN Yup.
KLM FLT ENGR Is hij er niet af, die Pan American? [Is he not clear, that Pan American?]
KLM CAPTAIN Jawel. [Oh yes. – emphatic]