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Crash of Flight 447
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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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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 vanish without trace? 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? Using expert testimony, messages transmitted by the doomed plane's computer system, and multi-layered CGI weather reconstructions, NOVA pieces together the events leading up to the disaster. With a veteran pilot at the controls of an Airbus simulator, NOVA reconstructs the final moments in the cockpit as the crisis overwhelmed Flight 447's crew. This program provides a forensic view of crucial events seen from all angles to reveal what really happened on Flight 447.

A Darlow Smithson Production for NOVA in Association with BBC

© 2010 Darlow Smithson Productions Limited

Additional Material © 2010 WGBH Educational Foundation



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Chicago: “NOVA; Crash of Flight 447,” 09/02/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3AD0F25FBF364A15847C7CE5B6002E65.
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