Witness the race to bring a crippled 747 back to Alaska for an emergency landing before it crashes into the Bering Sea.
More than 35,000 feet above the Bering Sea, the crew of Northwest Airlines Flight 85 are battling with a crippled aircraft. The 386 passengers aboard are unaware of the potentially fatal drama unfolding in the cockpit. But they soon find out when the aircraft suddenly turns back to Alaska for an emergency landing. See how the pilots of this Boeing 747-400 apply their collective experience, and all of their physical strength, in a desperate attempt to bring their plane safely to the ground.
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