Nova: Crash of Flight 447, February 16
Think of the worst flight you’ve ever taken. Compared to Flight 447, it was a piece of cake. I love flying but last August we had an airline experience so miserable, it was enough to keep me on the ground forever…and our plane never took off (or boarded, for that matter)! Given the choice, I’d have to go with the plane that doesn’t leave the ground as opposed to the one that falls into the ocean.
The Crash of Flight 447, on Nova February 16 (check local listings for time), is a mesmerizing look at a horrific air tragedy and the science behind aeronautics and aeronautic forensics. It is not for the timid; those with a fear of flying might find themselves very uncomfortable learning how easily complicated systems can come undone.
It was June 1, 2009, when 228 passengers and crewmembers disappeared over the Atlantic on Air France Flight 447. The plane, an Airbus A330, seemed to drop out of the sky. Was it an accident, pilot error, or a deliberate act of terrorism? Nova assembled a team of investigators to try and determine what exactly caused this monstrous loss.
Nova: Crash of Flight 447 is a riveting, chilling documentary that details the many factors, perhaps starting with something simple, that brought down what had been a routine flight. Some viewers in this culture of blame might find the final conclusions disappointing.