Season 38, Episode 14 Crash of Flight 447

First Aired: February 16, 2011

An investigation into what caused the June 1, 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris to crash into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people on board. The Airbus A330 plane had an excellent safety record, and its model is considered a state-of-the-art airliner, featuring elaborate electronic safety and navigation systems. Included: insights from experts; CGI weather reconstructions; a simulation with a real pilot detailing what may have occurred.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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