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Discovery Kids’ ‘Flight 29 Down’ finds teens stranded on island

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A prop plane, carrying almost a dozen teenage passengers, dodges storms covering the South Pacific on its way to a Micronesian island. Lightning strikes the craft, setting an engine afire.

The pilot lands on an apparently deserted island – hours off course, with no functioning radio and no engines left to fly. Now passengers must learn to trust one another while figuring out how to stay alive and get rescued.

Sound familiar? If you thought “Lost,” you’d be wrong. It’s “Flight 29 Down,” Discovery Kids’ latest show.

In this week’s second episode, the kids realize they need to develop a plan for spending at least a night or two on the island. The pilot leaves with two of the teens to search for a weather station or some other way to communicate with the outside world.

(Look for it Friday at 5 and 8 p.m. on Discovery Kids – digital cable channel 121 in Spokane, 101 in Coeur d’Alene – and Sunday at 7 a.m. on KHQ-6).

So far, the program seems appropriate for any elementary school-age viewer. Despite the rather dark underpinnings of being lost, each episode ends on a high note.

It’s likely these teens will stay stranded on this unnamed island as long as good stories keep getting written and viewers keep tuning in.

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