If you haven’t had a chance to see the MSNBC documentary Why Planes Crash: Brace for Impact, you can watch the entire episode below. I’m on for about ten seconds. For more information be sure to visit 35milesfromshore.com.
MSNBC Documentary Why Planes Crash: Brace For Impact
Normally this is the place where I review documentary films, but since I took part in this documentary I don’t want to appear as a self promoter. Having said that, you should definitely see this documentary. The producer, Caroline Sommers, was asked to do a documentary on the Hudson ditching. She decided instead to do a documentary on the subject of ditchings. Besides the USAir 1549 ditching, the documentary covers the 1956 ditching of a PanAm Clipper, the 1996 ditching of an Ethiopian Boeing 767 off the coast of Africa, and the ditching I wrote about in my book 35 Miles From Shore the 1970 ditching of ALM 980.
The animations used to recreate the ditchings are first rate, especially the ALM ditching in the Caribbean. You’ll also get a chance to hear directly from some of the passengers and crew involved in the various ditchings, including Balsey DeWitt, the former captain of ALM 980.
Since the scope of the film is what happened that led to the various ditchings, it does not go into the various rescue operations that followed the ditchings. I hope this part of the story will be covered in a future documentary. In the interim, you can certainly learn the whole story by reading the book. Okay so I’m a self promoter. If you haven’t seen the documentary you can still catch it tonight in repeat showings at 11:00 pm central and 2:00 am central time. If you miss these, I’m sure there will be other opportunities to catch it on MSNBC.
Update: Watch Why Planes Crash: Brace For Impact
Nothing like technology and the Internet. You can now watch the entire episode below:
I was recently interviewed for a one hour documentary on aircraft ditchings that will be aired on MSNBC in July. The story of ALM flight 980 will be told as part of the overall story.
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Interviewing for the documentary was a great experience. I enjoyed every minute of it. The exposure that will come from the documentary will finally help this story reach a much larger audience. Special thanks to the crew: videographer Dana Roecker, sound technician Ricardo Gomez, production assistant Lizzie Blenk, and producer Caroline Sommers.