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NOVA; Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Plane Crash


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Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Plane Crash
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Plane Crash! tells the story of escape from planes in distress. In the early days of flight the parachute was introduced. As military planes became faster, the ejection seat was developed. But such amenities are not available on commercial airplanes. When they get into trouble, the best way of saving lives is to make the crash landing more survivable. Research from the 1950s proved that the human body can take far more punishment than seems possible. This was vividly demonstrated in 1989 when a jumbo jet crash landed in Iowa. The plane broke up after impact, yet half the passengers walked away.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Plane Crash,” 05/28/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_17D46671A92443E894E598E3897E7256.
MLA: “NOVA; Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Plane Crash.” 05/28/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_17D46671A92443E894E598E3897E7256>.
APA: NOVA; Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Plane Crash. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_17D46671A92443E894E598E3897E7256
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