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When You Know It's Time to Turn the Plane Around

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When You Know It's Time to Turn the Plane Around

Short | 02:50

The faulty autopilot and PA system were routine problems. What possesses the pilot of this 27-year-old plane to cut the flight short, only six minutes in, is far more troubling.

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The worst aviation disaster in Florida's history occurred on May 11, 1996. ValuJet Flight 592 mysteriously crashed into the alligator-infested swamps of the Everglades, killing all 110 aboard. Had the FAA implemented safety regulations instated after a similar crash eight years earlier, the tragedy would never have happened. Follow the investigation that would outrage a nation, cost the Secretary of Transportation and an FAA administrator their jobs, and ultimately doom ValuJet Airlines.

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