National Geographic Channel Seconds From Disaster

Season 3 Episode 12

Plane Crash In The Potomac

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2006 on National Geographic
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Plane Crash In The Potomac
A passenger plane crashes into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. in January 1982--killing a total of 78 people. Delayed almost two hours due to blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures, the 737 plummets just one minute after take off--crushing four cars on the 14th Street Bridge and sinking into the icy river. What caused this tragic disaster? Was it an act of terrorism, a faulty de-icing process or pilot error?moreless

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