We have entered the third millennium, and, given all our scientific, engineering, and technical advancements concerning flight over the last 100 odd years, one might naturally be led to the conclusion that we have conquered air and space, and it is therefore wholly safe, or very nearly so. Perhaps so; but it may simply not be the case that we can relax, so to speak, and depend on our remarkably advanced technology and instrumentation, as this excellent documentary reveals. It admits of degrees, of course. However, as witnessed in this Nova special of an unusual 2009 air crash over the Atlantic, laxity can, and still is, an issue; and given that this plane never malfunctioned, nor was there any unusual weather phenomenon, this was a disaster that really should never have happened.
As with the Titanic of a century ago, complacency still is a problem that persists, and it does not have much of anything to do with technology, advanced, or otherwise. Watching this, we are led to ask: How can a simple, and as well known, phenomenon as thunderstorms bring down a 21st century jet? There are thunderstorms, in some way or manner, over the Earth, at all times. Yet is it so simple, after all, as we might be led to believe? This documentary reveals the scientific edge of this disaster: of most probably what happened to Flight 447; and, in an outstanding, evenhanded, and incisive investigation, we are led to some surprising conclusions. Highly recommended.