Smithsonian Channel Sets Malaysia 370 Special For Sunday (UPDATED)

Smithsonian Channel is venturing into CNN territory Sunday night with a primetime special about the disappearance of a Malaysia Airline jet with 239 people on board.

Malaysia 370: The Plane That Vanished will look at the Boeing 777 itself, technologies involved in the search and aviation procedures that might be transformed in the aftermath of the disaster, the channel said in a release.

Smithsonian Channel has several series about the world of aviation, including Air Disasters, Dangerous Flights, Mighty Planes and Terror In The Skies. It calls on experts from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in this special, from ITN Productions.

It will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, April 6.

ITN Productions also is producing a Discovery Networks International special, Flight 370: The Missing Links, that will air in the United States on Discovery en Español sometime in the next several weeks. The one-hour documentary will gather the foremost thinkers in aviation and security to explore key questions surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the programmer said in a release.

Flight 370: The Missing Links will address seven missing links: airport security; air traffic control; on-board communication systems; mechanical failure; tracking, both radar and satellite; international cooperation and the black box. The documentary is being created to air in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. On Discovery en Español, it will be dubbed in Spanish, a network representative said. A premiere date has not yet been scheduled.

Pictured above: RAAF Flight Lieutenant Russell Adams looks out from the cockpit of a AP-3C Orion during a search mission for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean on March 26, 2014. Paul Kane/AFP/Getty Images, via Discovery en Español.