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Discovery Channel to air special show on MH370

MUMBAI: Infotainment broadcast network Discovery Channel is set to offer a special one-hour programme, ‘Flight 370: The Missing Links’, on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

‘Flight 370: The Missing Links’ is produced by ITN Productions and will air in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide on Discovery Channel. It will air on 21 April at 9 pm.

The channel claims that the show gathers the foremost thinkers in aviation and security to explore key questions surrounding the disappearance of the airline.

Discovery Networks International executive producer Tom Gorham said, “The mystery of flight MH370 serves as a tragic reminder that technology is indeed fallible. With the help of seasoned aviation, tracking and satellite industry experts, ‘Flight 370: The Missing Links’ explores the events which have unfolded, focusing on just how this could have happened, and examining the inherent flaws in the eco-system of modern international travel.”

The mystery of flight MH370 has garnered worldwide attention and generated widespread speculation about how the events unfolded. The show looks to industry experts to account for just how it is possible to lose track of an airliner – analysing evidence, deliberating the global frailties of aviation and divulging potential solutions to prevent the disappearance of an aircraft from ever happening again.

The channel said that in times when one can use apps to locate handheld devices, the special looks at how a state-of-the-art airliner and its 239 passengers and crew can simply vanish.

Flight MH370 went off the grid on 8 March 2014.

Through the show, Discovery Channel will address seven missing links: airport security, air traffic control, on-board communication systems, mechanical failure, tracking – radar and satellite, international cooperation and the black box.

ITN Productions head of factual and features Emma Read added, “The disappearance of flight MH370 challenges everything we know about modern aviation technology. This documentary reveals what every passenger should know and the technology being developed now to protect us in the future.”

The one-hour special is commissioned by Elizabeth McIntyre for Discovery Networks International, and executive produced by Tom Gorham for Discovery Networks International and Emma Read for ITN Productions.