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Did Wingtip Vortices Bring This Plane Down?

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If a 'wingtip vortex' - a concentrated air turbulence created by another plane - was responsible for bringing down Delta Airlines Flight 1141 on August 31, 1988, investigators would expect to find another plane in its vicinity - but was there?


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A Boeing 727 leaving Dallas for Salt Lake City on August 31, 1988 crashes just moments after takeoff, killing 14 of the 108 passengers and crew on board. The NTSB is fast to arrive on the scene, but finding the answers to what went wrong won't come nearly as quickly. Revisit the disaster of Delta Airlines Flight 1141, recounted by one of its fortunate survivors, and follow the inquiry, which uncovers a fatal error made during takeoff.

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