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Why Pilots Were Too Distracted to Notice This Deadly Mistake

Short | 03:05

Did the pilots of Delta Airlines Flight 1141, which went down on August 31, 1988, go through the proper checklist prior to take-off? Audio recordings suggests they may have been too preoccupied.

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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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