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The Plane Crash

The event documentary of 2012, and a true global ratings smash, peaking in the UK at 4.5 million, The Plane Crash combines spectacle with purpose in a “must-watch” feature-length package. Dragonfly, Channel 4 and Discovery succeeded where NASA had failed 30 years earlier: crash-testing a full-size passenger plane in the interests of passenger safety. The resulting discoveries revealed exactly what happens to an aeroplane, and its passengers, during a devastating crash, and will help engineers and designers with their ongoing quest to improve air safety for years to come.

One of the emergency exit doors from “Big Flo”, the doomed Boeing 727, remains on display to visitors to Dragonfly’s London HQ.

The Plane Crash was nominated for a Specialist Factual BAFTA an RTS Award as well as two nominations at the Broadcast Awards 2014 for Best Documentary and Best Original Programme.

“It’s extraordinary television – mesmerising and terrifying. Strangely exciting too…” – Daily Telegraph

Commissioning broadcasters
Channel 4, Discovery
Year of production

Televisual Bulldog Awards

Best Single Documentary - Winner

Winner, 2013

RTS Programme Awards

Best Science & Natural History Programme - Nominee

Nominee, 2013


Best Original Programme - Nominee

Nominee, 2013


Best Documentary Programme - Nominee

Nominee, 2013


Best Specialist Factual Programme - Nominee

Nominee, 2013