Air Crash Investigation: Crash Course

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 11 May, 8.30pm

Shortly after take off from New Delhi on November 12, 1996, Saudi Airways Flight 763 levels off at 14,000 feet. As the crew waits for clearance to climb to their cruising altitude, the plane is hit by a Kazakhstan Airlines jet. The collision cripples both planes. They spiral violently to the ground, killing all 349 people on board. It’s the worst mid-air collision in the history of aviation. The two wreckage fields are five miles apart. As investigators comb through the charred debris for evidence, they try and answer troubling questions: why did the two planes collide? Who’s responsible? And can they stop it before it happens again?

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