Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 19

Plane Crashes

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 26, 2004 on The History Channel
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Plane Crashes
When the most sophisticated machines fail, they do so horrifically, plunging to earth with a terrifying loss of life. From the beginning of manned flight, plane crashes have plagued the aviation industry and terrorized the public. But the truth is, passengers have never been safer because of the brightest minds, best technology, and billions of dollars focused on preventing air disasters. Using famous crashes like TWA Flight 800, we examine safety improvement and what still needs to be done.moreless
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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • According to the FAA, overcrowding at airports will only get worse. It estimates that by the year 2012, U.S. carriers will transport over a billion passengers every year.

      • Statistically, to be involved in a fatal plane crash, a passenger would need to fly a randomly-chosen U.S. domestic flight every day for 21,000 years.

      • The drop facility at the NASA Langley Research Center was originally used by the Apollo astronauts to practice moon landings.

      • NTSB "go-teams" are always on call and must be en route to a crash site within two hours of being notified.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Tom Haueter
        Dep. Director Aviation Safety, NTSB

        Keith Hagy
        Air Line Pilots Association

        Richard Hallion, Ph.D.
        Aviation Historian

        L. Nick Lacey
        Morten Beyer & Agnew, Consulting

        Lisa Jones
        NASA Langley Research Center

        Jeremy Akel
        Morten Beyer & Agnew, Consulting

        Karen Gundy-Burlet, Ph.D.
        NASA Ames Research Center

        Don Bryant
        NASA Ames Research Center

        Don McClure
        Air Line Pilots Association

        Melissa Mallis, Ph.D.
        NASA Ames Research Center

        Randy Bailey
        NASA Langley Research Center

        David Hamilton
        NASA Langley Research Center

        Wendy Holforty, Ph.D.
        NASA Ames Research Center

        Nico Melendez

        Martin Elan

        Capt. Bruce Joseph
        Air Line Pilots Association

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Robert E. Ziel
        Producer: Robert E. Ziel
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Editor: Robert Lattanzio
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Accountant: Sheirdan Liu
        Assistant Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Voice Over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: Paul Lacques
        Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins
        Post Coordinator: Laura Steinhoff
        Post Assistant: Alexander Rubinow
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Camera: Paul G. Dougherty
        Camera: Ed Fritz
        Camera: Julio Luzquinos
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Charles Tudor
        Field Audio: Derek Johnson
        Field Audio: Andy Olson
        Field Audio: Nathan Smith
        Field Audio: Thomas Staton
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Historical Consultant: Richard Hallion
        Historical Consultant: Nico Melendez

        Special Thanks:
        Air Line Pilots Association
        Kathy A. Barnstorff
        Jonas Dino
        John Mazor
        Morten Beyer & Agnew, INC
        NASA Ames Research Center
        NASA Langley Research Center
        National Transportational Safety Board
        Shawn Robinson

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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