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Probing air crashes


January 20th, 1992. High over France's Alsace region, Air Inter Flight 148 starts its descent to Strasbourg airport. An Airbus A320, the aircraft is the world's first to rely on computerised commands to control it, and while its autopilot had been programmed to land on a specific runway, high winds and poor weather mean the pilots must take over and land on another runway. A controller guides the pilots as they prepare to make a visual landing. But as they descend, the aircraft rips through the treetops below and slams into the side of a mountain. Can rescuers locate the survivors in time? And can investigators figure out what caused the crash?

Air Crash Investigation. Doomed to Fail, June 28, 11 p.m. National Geographic Channel

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