An American C-5 Galaxy is flying orphaned Vietnamese babies out of Saigon into safety when things go horribly wrong at 23,000 feet. The investigation uncovers some shady practices and also the heroism of the crew trying to save every life.
The aircraft, TS-LBB, took off from Bari, Italy, as Flight 1153 at 2:32 p.m. local time, on its return leg to Djerba, Tunisia. At about 3:15 p.m., the pilot alerted the Palermo Punta Raisi airport to technical problems and requested permission for an emergency landing. The right engine stopped at 3:25 p.m., at which point the pilot apparently realized he wouldn't reach Palermo. The left engine cut out at 3:35 p.m. Two minutes later, the aircraft disappeared from Palermo's radar and radio contact was lost.