The true story of ALM 980 was featured in the MSNBC Documentary series Why Planes Crash. The documentary features an animation of what the ditching of ALM Flight 980 might have looked like. The show also includes interviews with captain Balsey DeWitt and author Emilio Corsetti III. Hear captain Dewitt describe what it was like to make the first and only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. Watch the entire episode, which also has information on the USAir Hudson ditching, below. If you want to watch in full screen, just click on the video once it starts and you’ll be taken to the MSNBC site.

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