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October 31, 1994 - It's a cold Halloween night in the skies above Chicago. Bad weather is delaying dozens of flights, including flight American Eagle 41-84 waiting to land. As the plane starts to descend, it spins wildly out of control. The pilots fight desperately to right it but can't and the plane smashes into a field, killing all 68 people on board.

Follow the ensuing investigation and find out how the 'Roselawn' crash became one of the most important accidents in aviation history.

Air Crash Investigation shares this account and other stories of astonishing survival and heartbreaking disasters of some of the most tragic air disasters. Plane crashes and near-disasters from around the globe are investigated in meticulous detail, providing a look into what went wrong and if they could have been prevented. These events have helped change aviation safety and brought about some of the most important standard regulations that we know today.


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