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Vanished! (#2802)

On August 2, 1947, Stardust, an airliner converted from a World War II bomber, took off from Buenos Aires, scheduled to cross the Andes en route to Santiago, Chile. It never arrived. The case of the vanished Stardust soon became one of aviation's most celebrated unsolved mysteries. Then in 1998, two mountaineers stumbled across a huge engine on the Tupangato glacier high in the Andes. Despite thorough searches of the glacier by previous expeditions, no wreckage had been sighted. The Argentine army led an arduous expedition to the crash site; after extensive detective work, they were able to reconstruct the doomed plane's final minutes and identify the human remains. Finally, they came up with a surprising theory to explain why the plane's wreckage had vanished for so long before mysteriously reappearing. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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6-8, 9-12
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Science & Technology
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440 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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