Air Disasters: SEASON 5: EPISODE 4

Tragedy on the Potomac

On a cold and icy January afternoon in D.C., an Air Florida 737 takes off, but immediately loses lift, hitting a bridge and killing four motorists before plunging into the frozen Potomac River. Six of the 79 passengers aboard the plane surface, but only five will make it out alive. Travel back to 1982 as we take you inside the tragedy, brought to life through gripping news footage of the rescue attempts and compelling survivor testimony. This disaster captivated a nation, and prompted an investigation that had a chilling conclusion of its own.