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Fanning the Flames 

To find the cause of the crash of Flight 295, they had to dig deep...3 miles deep to the floor of the Indian Ocean.


P.J. Naworynski


Carl Knutson




Episode credited cast:
Stephen Bogaert ... Narrator (voice)
Ivan Sherry ... Captain Uys
Simon Northwood ... First Officer Atwell
Derek Murchie ... Relief Flight Engineer Daniel
Stewart Arnott ... Flight Engineer Bellgarde
Amanda Leblanc Amanda Leblanc ... Flight Attendant #2
Mark Bondy Mark Bondy ... Rennie Van Zyl
Dave Hemstad ... Sub Technician (as Dave Hemstead)
Sugith Varughese ... Mauritius ATC
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Bereswill Fred Bereswill ... Himself
David Klatzow David Klatzow ... Himself (as Dr. David Klatzow)
Debora Patta ... Herself
Barry Strauch Barry Strauch ... Himself
Roy Truman Roy Truman ... Himself
Samantha van der Walt Samantha van der Walt ... Herself


When South African Airways Flight 295 caught fire and crashed at sea in 1987, rumors swirled that it was the target of a terrorist attack. Getting to the bottom of this catastrophic mystery meant going to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, an unprecedented recovery operation that took months and cost millions to complete. Written by JLK partial text from

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5 June 2011 (USA) See more »

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Cineflix Productions See more »
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The program shows an official at the NTSB smoking while NTSB officials and the South African investigator review the cockpit voice recording. However, by the time the cockpit voice recorder for South African Flight 295 was recovered, a ban on smoking in all U.S. federal buildings, whether owned, leased or rented, had been in force per Executive Order 13058 issued on August 9, 1997, by President Bill Clinton. South Africa Air 295 had crashed several months after the ban, on November 28, 1997. See more »

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Great Series, but editing ruined this episode.
23 March 2014 | by budjillettSee all my reviews

The series is pretty good, but this particular episode is unwatchable. I had to shut it off. The editing is horrible. Every other shot is either shaky, out-of-focus, grainy, or zooming. If you had trouble watching "Paranormal Activity" because of the sea-sickness factor, then you will have trouble watching this.

It's like the editor (Enzo Anile) is trying to make his mark by using the footage that most people would throw on the cutting room floor.

THANKFULLY, this is the only episode he ruined. The others in the series are very good.

If you don't mind the sea-sickness factor and could sit through a film like Paranormal Activity, then maybe the editing in this won't bother you.

But to me it was horrible, very unprofessional, and literally sickening.

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