Air Disasters

Season 2 Episode 12

Deadly Reputation

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Aired Unknown Sep 02, 2012 on Smithsonian Channel
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Runway 35L at Congonhas Airport in Brazil is considered to be one of the most dangerous landing strips in the world. On July 17, 2007, it lived up to its bad reputation when an A320 Airbus skidded off the tarmac and crashed into a building, claiming 199 lives. But was this accident actually the result of anxiety over the runway and not the runway itself? Join the investigation as experts scrutinize everything from the asphalt, to the weather, to the stressful conditions that gravely affected the pilot's judgment and actions.moreless

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