Air Emergency

Season 8 Episode 1

System Breakdown

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Aired Friday 7:00 PM Jun 10, 2009 on Discovery Channel
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System Breakdown
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How did five airline disasters contribute to the changes made in air traffic control systems over the years? Disasters profiled include: Grand Canyon mid-air collision in 1956, before radar was standard, Aeromexico 498 in 1986 ('Out of Sight'), Avianca 052 in 1990 ('Missing Over New York'), Gol flight 1907 in 2006 ('Phantom Strike'), and Bashkirian Airlines 2937 and DHL 611 mid-air collision ('Deadly Crossroads'). A new digital air traffic control system called NextGen is also profiled. This would involve moving from a ground based radar system to using GPS, giving pilots more control and relieving air traffic controllers of some of their duties. Flights could also be more direct instead of sticking to established air corridors.moreless

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Tony De Santis

Tony De Santis

Captain Valdez-Prom (Aeromexico Flight 498)

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Marco Grazzini

Marco Grazzini

First Officer Valencia (Aeromexico Flight 498)

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Todd Campbell (II)

Todd Campbell (II)

ATC White (Aeromexico Flight 498)

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