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Mayday: Season 5

5x05 Dead Weight (Air Midwest Flight 5481)

  • 2008-05-08T03:00:00+02:00 on Discovery
  • 46 mins
  • Canada
  • English
  • Documentary, Drama

A commuter plane crashes shortly after take-off, killing everyone onboard. Investigators are faced with the possibility that overweight passengers were one of the causes of this fatal crash. The airline industry based average passenger weight calculations on 1940s figures. Were they fatally out of date?