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Why Locating the Four Corners of a Plane Crash is Essential

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Why Locating the Four Corners of a Plane Crash is Essential

Short | 02:12

Investigators looking into the January 7, 1994 crash of United Express Flight 6291 start by attempting to locate the four corners of the demolished plane. This helps determine if the plane broke up on impact, or mid-air.

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At the end of a quick trip from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, Ohio, the captain of United Express Flight 6291 grows concerned over reports of icy rain ahead. He opts for a risky "slam dunk" landing, a maneuver where a plane descends rapidly to the runway to avoid bad weather, but something goes wrong. The plane crashes into a warehouse just a mile from the airport. The badly burned wreckage leaves little for investigators to work with, but when they examine the cockpit recording they make a stunning discovery.

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