Arrow Media has been commissioned by Channel 4 to explore the Boeing 737 MAX disaster.


Boeing’s Killer Plane: What Went Wrong?​ will unravel the chain of events that led to two modern passenger jets falling out of the sky and investigate why the story of the fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing’s history ended in disaster and tragedy.  With investigations into the Ethiopia disaster ongoing, this 60-minute documentary will examine the crash reports to explore how these catastrophes could have been avoided.


With flight simulation and CGI sequences the film will give a 360-degree breakdown of how the planes malfunctioned and offer an insight into the experiences of the pilots and passengers during those flights’ final moments. Through access to both experts and the victims’ families, the film explores the backstory and the unfolding narrative.  


Ash Potterton, Executive Producer, Arrow Media, says: “The Boeing 737 MAX promised to become the highpoint of the legendary 737 design.  Arrow have been at the forefront of aviation-related programming for many years, so have been interested in the MAX since its launch.  Little did we know that, just under two years later, we would be commissioned to tell the compelling story of how it ended in disaster.”


Jonah Weston, Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual, Channel 4 says: “Flying is part and parcel of the modern world.  Every time we fly we’re relying on the expertise of the manufacturers and pilots to keep us safe.  To have two deadly crashes, linked to a common fault is every passenger’s worst nightmare.  In telling this story we want to examine not just what went wrong, but crucially also give audiences an idea of just how safe it will be to fly in the future.”


Boeing’s Killer Plane: What Went Wrong?​  is Exec Produced by Ash Potterton and directed by Kenny Scott for Arrow Media, and is distributed internationally by TVF International.  

Staff Reporter

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