Original Documentary 9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS, Premieres September 11 on Discovery

TORONTO — August 26, 2019

– On the 18th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, new Canadian documentary reveals the extraordinary ingenuity of air traffic controllers in Gander, N.L., who successfully landed over 200 planes in less than four hours in 2001 –
– 9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS premieres Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and will be made available on Crave the same day –

TORONTO (August 26, 2019) – On September 11, 2001, the unimaginable transpired when devastating attacks on the World Trade Center forced the shutdown of the entire U.S. airspace. Thousands of kilometres away in Gander, N.L., a group of Nav Canada air traffic controllers suddenly had the lives of 33,000 people in their hands and had to think fast to find a place for them to go. In the new MADE® in Canada documentary special, Discovery uncovers how these unsung heroes managed to safely land over 200 planes without incident in 9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Discovery. The documentary also streams on Crave the same day. 

Commercial aviation is a technological house of cards, with every fragile flightpath dependent on the omniscient air traffic controllers who keep planes moving. When the catastrophic events of 9/11 occurred and U.S. airspace was shut down, Gander’s air traffic controllers became critical players in responding to the greatest crisis in the history of aviation. Using live news footage from 2001 and emotional interviews with air traffic control staff, pilots, flight attendants, and passengers, 9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS demonstrates how air traffic controllers worked together to conquer this unprecedented dilemma.

A screener for 9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS is available here.

9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS highlights members of Nav Canada’s Gander Area Control Centre who exercised extreme poise and rapid-fire decision making on that fateful day to communicate with pilots and redirect them to small airports on Canada’s East Coast. To keep up with the demand, air traffic controllers drew on their skills, experience, and raw talent to achieve the impossible: coordinating the landing of all of the flights in less than four hours without a single incident.

Subscribers can live stream 9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS through the Discovery app and Discovery.ca. Assets for 9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS are available on the Bell Media press site, The Lede, here.

9/11: CLEARED FOR CHAOS is produced by Bristow Global Media in association with Discovery. For Bristow Global Media, Julie Bristow and Marlo Miazga are Executive Producers, and Gary Lang is Director. For Discovery, Edwina Follows is Production Executive and General Manager, Discovery Networks. Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual, and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Shawn Redmond is Vice-President, Discovery Networks and TSN. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

About Bristow Global Media:
Toronto-based Bristow Global Media (BGM) specialises in the creation of multiplatform entertainment across all genres. It is headed by Canadian broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20-year career at the CBC included the creation of award-winning entertainment divisions, the launch of national digital-media platforms and the stewardship of iconic sports brands.

BGM boasts a successful roster of linear and non-linear content, including NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (CBC, NBCSN, Rogers), Pressure Cooker (W Network), Hockey Wives (W Network), Canada: The Story of Us (CBC), 100 Days to Victory (Foxtel, BBC Two, History Canada), the Canadian Country Music Association’s CCMA Awards (CBC and CMT), Pardon My French (YouTube), The Zone (YTV, YouTube), Corus’ brand-driven children’s content and programming specials (YTV, TELETOON, Nickelodeon Canada) and It’s My Party! (TVO).

About Discovery:
With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best factual programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.


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