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Deadliest Plane Crash, The
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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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NOVA presents a gripping investigation of what went wrong when two Boeing 747 airliners collided in thick fog on the runway at a tiny airport in the Canary Islands, killing 583 passengers and crew. It was the worst loss of life in any air disaster. With heart-breaking survivor interviews, re-enactments and a detective story approach, NOVA pieces together the clues that led to a fatal take-off decision by the highly experienced captain of the KLM 747, who couldn’t see the Pan Am 747 still parked on the runway, lost in the fog ahead of him. The disaster led to fundamental improvements in air safety, but experts worry that a repeat of the Tenerife disaster could still happen.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Deadliest Plane Crash, The,” 08/30/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8A61F5F671B1432C955CB48EF01169BD.
MLA: “NOVA; Deadliest Plane Crash, The.” 08/30/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8A61F5F671B1432C955CB48EF01169BD>.
APA: NOVA; Deadliest Plane Crash, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8A61F5F671B1432C955CB48EF01169BD
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