When fire consumes the cabin of flight 2120, it becomes impossible for the passengers to breathe - and for the pilots to control the aircraft.
Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 races back to a Saudi Arabian airport just a few minutes after takeoff. The hydraulics system has failed, the cabin is filling with smoke, and flames in the wheel well are seconds away from igniting into a deadly fireball. Will the pilots be able to safely land the crippled DC-8 and save the lives of 247 passengers? Witness the harrowing 1991 emergency landing of Flight 2120 and the tragic truth behind its mechanical troubles.
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