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A Captain's Decision to Overrule His First Officer Ends in Disaster

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Shortly before its crash on November 14, 1990, the first officer of Alitalia flight 404 attempted to perform a 'go-around,' or a delay in landing. It would have been the correct decision - if the captain hadn't overruled him.

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A DC-9 lines up for a nighttime landing at Zurich's Kloten Airport. Although the pilots can't see the runway, their navigation instruments indicate the plane is locked onto the proper signal from the airport. But the equipment is wrong. The plane is actually flying more than a thousand feet lower than it should. Discover the series of errors that caused Alitalia Flight 404 to plow into the ground six miles short of its destination.

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