Survival in The Sky
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Known as Black Box
in the UK, Survival in the Sky
was a four-episode 1996 series about commercial aviation accidents and the investigation of their causes. (Two additional episodes were filmed in 1998.) Not currently available on DVD, five of the six episodes are available in their entirety on YouTube (links within).
The series, narrated by Will Lyman, is notable for being produced with the cooperation of the NTSB and AAIB, and is a studied and thoughtful contrast to the much more frenetic Seconds from Disaster
, a recent series which often focuses on aviation disasters. Survival in the Sky
features a minimum of CGI recreation and no dramatic reenactments, instead allowing period footage and compelling interviews with survivors, air crew, experts, and investigators tell the story.
Please see the wikipedia entry
for a synopsis of the specific incidents each episode explores, and beware that there are a few moments in the show which take an unblinking look at the aftermath of aviation disasters.
The episodes (missing the 1998 program about Flight 800):
- "Blaming the Pilot" (1996) [1 2 3 4 5]
- "Deadly Weather" (1996) [1 2 3 4 5]
- "A Wing and a Prayer" (1996) [1 2 3 4 5]
- "Crash Detectives" (1996) [1 2 3 4 5]
- "Sky Crimes" (1998) [1 2 3 4 5]