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Did Shifting Cargo Cause This Plane Crash?

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Investigators of the February 16, 2000 crash of Emery Worldwide Flight 17 suspected there was cargo balance problem before it was reported by the plane crew minutes before its crash. But did the evidence back this up?

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Emery Worldwide Flight 17 leaves Sacramento Mather Airport in February 2000 while carrying a load of freight containers. Upon takeoff, the aircraft dives repeatedly and banks to the left. The pilots attempt to regain control of the crippled plane and return to the airport, but the DC-8 crashes a mile from the runway, killing all three crewmembers. Investigators suspect the cargo was loaded improperly, until a much more troubling cause is discovered upon closer examination.

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