NOVA "Crash of Flight 447" & "The Deadlist Plane Crash" on WXXI-TV

NOVA "Crash of Flight 447" & "The Deadlist Plane Crash" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Pictured: The burnt-out skeleton of the KLM 747 after it collided with the Pan Am 747 in 1977.

What can we learn from the worst aviation disasters of all time?

Forensic investigators reconstruct the final moments of the Air France disaster in NOVA "Crash of Flight 447" airing Wednesday, February 16 at 9 p.m. followed at 10 p.m. by NOVA "The Deadlist Plane Crash" on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

NOVA "Crash of Flight 447"

On June 1, 2009, Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives. How could a state-of-the-art airliner with elaborate electronic safety and navigation features and a faultless safety record simply fall out of the sky? NOVA assembles a team of seasoned pilots, engineers, and safety experts to examine the evidence that emerged in the weeks following this horrific disaster. What led Flight 447's crew to fly straight into a towering thunderstorm? With expert testimony, satellite weather images, and messages transmitted by the doomed plane's computer system, NOVA pieces together the fatal chain of events.

NOVA "The Deadlist Plane Crash"

On March 27, 1977, on the island of Tenerife, two fully loaded 747 jumbo jets collided on a fog-blanketed runway, claiming the lives of 583 people in what is still the deadliest crash in aviation history. Now, almost 30 years later, near misses on the ground are the leading cause of aviation accidents, raising the question of what can be done to improve runway safety. Featuring moving interviews with the few survivors of the disaster and with top accident investigators, this program examines the fateful confluence of events that led to the Tenerife tragedy and its continuing relevance for air travel today.

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"Crash of Flight 447"

This disaster, as with all others, and steps leading up to it are so important to everyone involved in tha Airline Industries. As well as, the Public being let in on the complexities and variables, so that we may all share in the understanding and possible remedies to prevent future tradgedies such as this. Thank You (PBS) for this educational oppotunity we would otherwise not have exposure to! ~Faithful Fan~