Air Emergency

Season 8 Episode 2

Cruel Skies

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Aired Friday 7:00 PM Jun 17, 2009 on Discovery Channel
7.2
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Cruel Skies
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Bad weather is more than just an inconvenience. It can be deadly. Lightning, hail, and excessive rain can all take down a plane. Disasters profiled include: Southern Airways 242 in 1977 ('Southern Storm'), Delta 191 in 1985 ('Invisible Killer'), American Airlines 1420 in 1999 ('Racing the Storm'), and British Airways 9 in 1982 ('Falling From the Sky'). These disasters led to changes in the types of radar used to detect weather and in the frequency weather reports are given to air traffic controllers.moreless

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  • Just like what was on the news today.

    7.0
    Not a bad episode, but not too terribly interesting either. Like most other episodes, it explained to the viewer how air travel has gotten safer because of the lessons learned from past crashes. The first three crashes were simple cases of storms taking down airliners, and the fourth dealt with a volcano eruption. The first, a plane running into an unexpected hail storm led to the creation of new job - a meteorologist in charge of reporting storms within the entire United States to air traffic controllers. Controllers, and therefore pilots, are also given more frequent updates on the locations of storms, and pilots can be fined for flying through severe storms. In the second case, a microburst took down a plane, but microbursts should no longer be such a danger now that Doppler based ground radar is used at airports. In both of these cases, the crashes led to changes in the way that weather patterns are detected and reported. The last case dealt with a volcano eruption, and how the fine dust took down a plane. In the news today, I heard about how several flights to Asia were being delayed because of a volcano eruption in Russia. It's nice to know that today precautions are taken to avoid that kind of disaster from happening again.moreless
Stephen Bogaert

Stephen Bogaert

First Officer Origel (American Airlines Flight 1420)

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Ashleigh Rains

Ashleigh Rains

Flight Attendant Cathy Lemoine (Southern Airways Flight 242)

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Brittany Allen

Brittany Allen

Flight Attendant Sandy Purl (Southern Airways Flight 242)

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