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  1. The Smithsonian video didn’t show anything about the outcome of the crash investigation or any specific details, other than the plane took off and crashed. So many details omitted.

    “The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the first officer’s flying and the captain’s ineffective monitoring of an unstabilized approach which resulted in a descent below the published descent profile. Contributing to the accident was the degradation of the captain’s performance resulting from his use of cocaine before the accident.”

    Seems like the Smithsonian would want a more complete accounting of the flight…I wonder why they even bothered to create the reenactment if they knew it was going to be so badly done.

  2. Amen, what’s the point of this?

    Seems to me that perhaps being able to see the airport rather than having only instrument readings out of Denver would be relevant.

    Nothing from this pointless little re-enactment shows anything out of order until the very last minute.

    So duh. Btw, I grew up in Durango. This flight/crash meant a lot to the people there.

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