Mondays at 11:00 & 11:30 pm
"Fire in the Sky"
ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades shortly
after takeoff from Miami International Airport, killing all 110
passengers and crew members. Investigators were first inclined to
believe that the plane was to blame for the crash. But a close examination
of the wreckage uncovered that the plane had been carrying oxygen
generators in its cargo hold - forbidden on passenger planes. Oxygen
generators contain a mélange of sodium chlorate, barium peroxide
and potassium perchlorate that can heat and ignite under specific
conditions. A tape recording of the final minutes of the flight,
with passengers screaming "Fire! Fire!" confirmed that
a fire had brought the plane down. Now investigators needed to understand
how the fire had ignited and spread and what oxygen generators were
doing there in the first place.