A Routine Plane Takeoff Quickly Turns into a Disaster

NARRATOR: Captain Kevin Stables is preparing to pilot Emery Worldwide Flight 17. His first officer is George Land. They’re hauling freight across the country aboard a 30-year-old DC 8 cargo plane. Hi there. Is that the load plan? JOHN ALBRIGHT: Just before they’re finished up loading the last couple of containers, they would give us…

A Plane Crash Reignites 9/11 Anxiety

NARRATOR: November 12th, 2001– it’s the Veteran’s Day holiday in the United States, a day off for many. But at New York’s John F Kennedy airport, it’s another busy day. Flight 587 lifts off at 9:14 AM. [SIGH] American 587, heavy– NARRATOR: 2,300 feet above the ground, disaster strikes. [SCREAMING] Oh my god! Oh my…

How One Man’s Rage Sealed The Fate of 43 Plane Passengers

NARRATOR: Investigators don’t know who was shot with the final bullet, just that it was fired in the cabin. It’s enough for them to finally piece together a picture of the horrific final moments on board PSA 1771. What the hell? You could imagine what Ray Thomson must have thought as this person whom he…

A Doomed Aircraft Is Left to Fly Until it Runs Out of Fuel

We have a developing story, as you may have heard. There was as a civilian Learjet– NARRATOR: News of a rogue Learjet, flying hundreds of miles off course, has captivated the nation. PRESS SECRETARY: The FAA began tracking aircraft in distress. The president was made aware of this situation, this morning, in a meeting with…

Plane Approaches Runway at an Extreme Angle

This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Why did it fail?

We had it. From January 21, 1976 to October 24, 2003, we had a commercial supersonic passenger plane called Concorde. Today it takes 7 hours to fly from New York to London. On the Concorde it took About 3:30 (just under 3 hours if it was record time). A journey that would have taken the…