Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
I thought it was excellent. I liked the way that they described all the events before July 25th 2000. I never knew that concorde's first route with BA was Heathrow to Bahrain!!
The way in which the programme followed the victims families, the hotel owners and air traffic controller really drew me into the programme. The programme went beyond the media hype of the crash and actually gave a moving insight into how much of a tradgedy this, and every other air disaster is. Interviews with the relatives familes, the air traffic controller, the collegues of the crew onboard were excellent and you really saw how much of a shock the disaster was to all involved. This was the first programme I had watched on the Concorde crash so I don't know how others compare, but it was very good in my opinion and hopefully it will be shown in other countries in the near future. All in all, well done BBC.
Zbeeblebrox74 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1741 times:
Yes, I thought it was an excellent program though rather depressing. I was impressed, like you Demoose, that the program really concentrated on the 'human' aspect involved. The technicalities are of course a vital part of the total story, but in the end the main party affected are the people whose lives are permanently changed, such as the young lad who was interviewed who lost both parents on that flight.
Let's hope that the problems have been fixed with this beautiful bird and that she may fly safely for many years to come yet.
N175dz From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
I think it was excellent, and very well balanced. It would have been easy for a BBC team to have mode a very one-sided documentary, but they didn't. I agree with the others that it was good that they brought in the people who were actually there, espcially the air traffic controller. I was amazed at the way he spoke about calling F-BTSC after it had crashed.
The whole program made it much clearer to me how much of the post-accident discussion and decisions was based not only on the terrible tragedy, but also on a sense of national pride.
For those of you who didn't see it, I hope it will be shown across the globe as it was most certainly one of the best avaition documantaries I've seen.
I hope that Concorde flies again soon and that the English and French can continue to work well to togther to ensure it doesn't happen again.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13497 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1706 times:
The programme wasn't too bad, but suffered a bit from not knowing what it wanted to be, technical, or human interest.
To imply that BA were some kind of maverick airline, for flying after the crash was a bit naughty, they did so with the full blessing of the CAA.
And what was a Virgin executive doing on there? He's really going to be impartial!
Having read the accident reports, I can say that Capt. Hutchinson's assertion that the information he used to draw his conclusions is in the later reports. It's all a matter of emphasis, e.g. switching off no.2 engine on rotation is admitted, but not that doing so below 400 ft is a violation of the flying manual.
Also, BA drove the process to modify the aircraft, the engineer pictured in the hangar with two EADS guys installing the liners, went to Tolouse last October/November to help with the initial design.
BA staff had the task of helping to sort out the wreck of F-BTSC, mainly indentifying parts. What they initially found was a shambles, little was done in the first month on the investigation, (once they had got the fleet grounded).
But the programme was not a hatchet job, by today's dumbed-down standards it was OK.
The BBC have shot many hours of film of the modification programme,
so maybe there will be a more detailed look at that aspect of the story, perhaps when services re-start. An 'Airport' special maybe?