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Mayday: Season 1 Episode 5

Cutting Corners

On 31 January 2000, Alaska Airlines Flight 261’s trimmable horizontal stabilizer jams and breaks free from its control system. The aircraft dives inverted into the Pacific Ocean, causing the death of all 88 on board. The stabilizer failed due to an improperly maintained jack-screw assembly.

Mayday: Season 1 Episode 5
Oct. 15, 2003

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