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On June 1st, 2009, Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives. Using expert testimony, messages transmitted by the doomed plane's computer system, and multi-layered CGI weather reconstructions, NOVA pieces together the events leading up to the disaster and provides a forensic view of crucial events seen from all angles to reveal what really happened on Flight 447.
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PBSNOVA: Crash of Flight 447 DVD
 
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2.0

NOVA: Crash of Flight 447

By D B Cooper

from Seattle

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Crash of Flight 447 DVD:

Based on the circumstances of the crash, few facts could be provided. Interesting theories on the pitot tube problem and the weather as the likely, primary cause of the crash. The DVD is somewhat outdated at this point due to the very recent recovery of Flight 447's black boxes.
Volume II should prove to be much more emlightening.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I bought this for a future pilot

By Janet

from Rockville, MD

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Crash of Flight 447 DVD:

If you are planning to become a pilot, it's good to know some possible consequences.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"Outstanding investigative analysis"

By Mayito

from Ann Arbor, MI

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Crash of Flight 447 DVD:

I am a retired pilot rated in the A330. The program did a good job presenting the viewers with what may have happened to AF447. It clearly shows the problem with automated flight decks. The crews rely on the automated systems to assist them in dealing with malfunctions. The initial ECAM messages A/P OFF, A/T OFF, warned the crew the auto flight functions were unusable and at least one pilot must fly the aircraft, the flight controls degraded to ALT LAW making this more difficult. The program did an outstanding job in the forensic analysis of what may have gone wrong that evening over the Atlantic Ocean.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crash Review Designates Probable Cause

By Dave Ex Navy Pilot

from Warren, Ohio

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Crash of Flight 447 DVD:

I agree totally with B-52 pilot. Pilot fatigue is also probable cause for not setting the aircraft into proper configuration for this specific emergency. Too many of today's new pilots are not seat-of-the pants guys. Taking control of the aircraft with BOTH hands seems a given. Fly FIRST. Analyze second. Going uncontrolled over the ocean at night is a nightmare come true. As ex Navy, there is no darkness like the dark over the ocean at night. This is an excellent video. I am using it with my science classes. Real world sutff is priceless. Kids understand that science matters.

 
5.0

Good non-biased reporting

By AviatoRob

from Waterford, MI

Comments about PBS NOVA: Crash of Flight 447 DVD:

Watched this episode on TV, am ordering the product. Very thoughtful analysis. Contemporary automation is causing pilots to lose their basic flying skills. THAT is the root cause of his accident. The aircraft was flyable it would seem...

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