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American Eagle Flight 4184 -Documentary-Arabic
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Documentaries
Language
Arabic
Voice Age
Young Adult
Description

American Eagle Flight 4184 was an ATR-72 that crashed after flying into unknown icing conditions on Monday, October 31, 1994. Control was lost and all aboard were killed.

The flight was in route from Indianapolis International Airport, Indiana, to O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois. Bad weather in Chicago caused delays, prompting air traffic control to hold Flight 4184 over the nearby LUCIT intersection at 10,000 ft (3,000 m). While holding, the plane encountered freezing rain, a dangerous icing condition where super cooled droplets rapidly cause intense ice buildup. Soon after, they were cleared to descend to 8,000 ft (2,400 m). After this descent the pilots were ordered to enter another hold. During the descent, a warning sound indicating an over-speed warning due to the extended flaps was heard in the cockpit. After the pilot took action by retracting the flaps, a strange noise was heard on the cockpit voice recorder, followed by an uncommanded roll excursion that disengaged the autopilot. Flight recorder data showed that the aircraft subsequently went through at least one full roll, after which Aguiar and Gagliano regained control of the rapidly descending aircraft. However, another roll occurred shortly thereafter. Fewer than thirty seconds later, at 3:59 p.m., contact was lost as the plane crashed into a soybean field near Roselawn, Indiana, killing all 64 passengers and 4 crew on board.

The disintegration of the plane indicated extreme velocity, and data recovered from the flight data recorder showed that the plane had 375 knots (694 km/h) indicated airspeed at impact. There was no explosion or post-impact fire, as the high speed of the impact caused the fuel to disperse before it could ignite. The bodies of all on board were fragmented by the impact forces, therefore the crash site was declared a bio-hazard.

Flight 4184 was the first loss of an ATR-72 aircraft, and remains the highest death toll of any aviation accident involving an ATR-72 anywhere in the world. (The 2010 crash of Aero Caribbean Flight 883 had a equal death toll). Robert A. Clifford, a Chicago airplane accident attorney, represented 16 of the victims. As the trial was ready to begin, the defendants agreed to a record $110 million settlement and an apology from both the manufacturer and the airline in open court.

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