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Racing the Storm 

American Airlines flight 1420 crashed upon landing in Little Rock, AR (USA) in the middle of a severe thunderstorm in 1999.


Leo Singer


Episode credited cast:
Stephen Bogaert ... Narrator / Michael Origel - Co-Pilot
Peter James Haworth Peter James Haworth ... Richard Buschmann - Captain
Sean Sullivan ... Air Traffic Controller
Kelly Bodanis Kelly Bodanis ... Flight Attendant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Eick Don Eick ... Self - Aviation Meteorologist
Gregory Feith Gregory Feith ... Self
Cyndi Goode Cyndi Goode ... Self
Jim Hall Jim Hall ... Self (archive footage)
Randy Hill Randy Hill ... Self
Michael Origel Michael Origel ... Self
Renee Salmans Renee Salmans ... Self
Mark Schmidt Mark Schmidt ... Self


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American Airlines flight 1420 crashed upon landing in Little Rock, AR (USA) in the middle of a severe thunderstorm in 1999. Written by Sergio Ortega

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Stephen Bogaert who is the off-screen narrator for the series also plays the co-pilot. This is the only time he had an additional role other than the narrator. See more »

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Heavy Weather.
20 August 2016 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

Leo Singer directed this true story of a 1999 American Airlines flight that landed at Little Rock, Arkansas, at high speed in a thunderstorm, slid off the runway and broke apart, killing eleven people, including the pilot. Investigation revealed that the pilots should have gone on to a secondary airport, and that they were so busy just controlling the airplane that they forgot to deploy the wings' spoilers, which help slow the airplane down and eliminate lift.

It was directed by Leo Singer and I frankly have a hard time imagining how he and his crew of writers and editors managed to do such a splendid job.

This is an exceptional documentary series, expertly juggling reenactors, newsreel footage, and computer-generated graphics to visualize the narration. The most difficult part I would guess is explaining the technology involved but they do it in such a way that the least technologically inclined can understand exactly what's going on.

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3 September 2003 (Canada) See more »

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