Alarming Silence

Air Disasters: Alarming Silence

The loss of life from the 1987 crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 was the second greatest loss in the history of US aviation. Yet there was one survivor, a four-year-old girl. Just as improbable and shocking as her survival is the reason why the plane fell to the earth just seconds after takeoff. Relive the aircraft's tragically brief but deadly flight, and discover, through investigators' painstaking research, the series of events and shocking blunders that claimed 156 lives.

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Without Warning

Investigators depend on the 'black box' recordings to figure out what happened to most downed flights, but this time, it's what isn't on the recording that tells them what they need to know.