Minnow Films

Fatal Flight 447:
Chaos in the Cockpit 2012

Minnow Films for Channel 4  

1 x 60 minutes
Minnow Films for Channel 4

The loss of Air France Flight 447 is one of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time. On May 31st 2009, 228 passengers and crew from 32 different countries boarded Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris but within hours, they would all be dead.

It has remained a mystery to how the Airbus 330, one of the world's most technologically advanced planes, had just dropped out of the sky and plummeted into the ocean, killing all on board. Two years after the accident, following a painstaking search, the plane's black box recorders were found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Miraculously, they had remained intact, preserving an extraordinary record of the conversations that took place between the pilots as a routine flight turned into disaster.

This documentary reveals what really happened on board this doomed airliner. Based around the black box recordings, Fatal Flight 447: Chaos in the Cockpit features aviation experts, industry insiders and bereaved relatives to unlock the truth about one of the most infamous flights in aviation history, whilst asking what lessons have been learnt from the disaster.

Not for nervous fliers but grimly fascinating all the same, this film pieces together the final flight of Air France 447, which disappeared into the Atlantic between Rio de Janeiro and Paris in 2009’”
Time Out

Fatal Flight 447 sheds light on the crash and reveals the panic and fear of the captain and co-pilots as they faced a situation they were not equipped to handle’”
Radio Times

Fatal Flight 447: Chaos in the Cockpit
© Sipa Press/Rex Features

Produced & Directed by
Paul O’Connor
Jane Preston
Executive Producers
Morgan Matthews
Louise Norman
Elena Cosentino
Andrew Mason
Andrew Rendell
Production Manager
Hannah Wythe
Production Coordinator
Hussain Ahmed
Francis Longhurst
Patrick Smith
Brendan Easton
Wayne Roberts