Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?



Annapolis Elementary School Sat, Mar 23, 2019 10:30 AM
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Film Info
Section:Feature Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:80 mins
Film Type:Feature
Production Country:USA
Director:Zachary Stauffer
Produced By:Lowell Bergman
Jason Paladino
David Schneider
Editing By:Eli Olson
Music By:William Ryan Fritch


The death of a Navy lieutenant who crashed in a controversial MH-53E helicopter model is the crux of this inquisitive documentary. Lieutenant Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and the married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter, not only the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, but the deadliest aircraft in the US military. (USA, 2018, 80 min., Documentary/Military)