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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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  • Shocking, visually impressive and exciting

    This episode, when looking back, first strokes me those amazing computer graphic footages - the plain crashing into the ice, the underwater shot, the light.. you can say it is even impressive and beautiful not that anything in plain crash is and the story itself is very shocking - from the start the investigators suspect it is the ice behind the reason why the plain crashed and step by step the discover so many mistakes done - early de-ice and they did not repeat it, using reverse trost, and leaving anti ice off in engine and that all lead to the false equipment readings and wrong decisions.

    This episode has amazing sequence of how they discover what happened and like mostly, it takes most of the episode, but it had really longer concentration of the events going on before and after crash - to show those freezing footage of people on river, the emotional interviews, the horror.. I really felt so cold after than and I can say, this episode did moved me.moreless

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