Air Disasters

Air Disasters

2003 - 2016, Action, Other, Transport
Looking in-depth at the reasons behind recent high-profile air disasters. Using re-enactments, news footage, witness accounts, and computer graphics
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Episode Guide

  • Air Disasters - Afghan Nightmare (Season 16 Episode 10)
    Season 16 Episode 10:

    Afghan Nightmare

    National Airlines Flight 102.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Solution (Season 16 Episode 9)
    Season 16 Episode 9:

    Deadly Solution

    Flight AirAsia 8501.

  • Air Disasters - River Runway (Season 16 Episode 8)
    Season 16 Episode 8:

    River Runway

    Garuda Indonesia Flight 421.

  • Air Disasters - Murder in the Skies (Season 16 Episode 7)
    Season 16 Episode 7:

    Murder in the Skies

    Germanwings Flight 9525.

  • Air Disasters - Trans-Colorado Express Flight 706 (Season 16 Episode 6)
    Season 16 Episode 6:

    Trans-Colorado Express Flight 706

    Continental Express Flight 2286 crashes into the frozen wilderness.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Detour (Season 16 Episode 5)
    Season 16 Episode 5:

    Deadly Detour

    Proteus Airlines Flight 706 explodes as it completes a sightseeing loop.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Detail (Season 16 Episode 4)
    Season 16 Episode 4:

    Deadly Detail

    As China Airlines Flight 120 touches down in Okinawa, Japan, it erupts in flames. There are no injuries, but troubling questions are raised.

  • Air Disasters - Disaster at Tenerife (Season 16 Episode 3)
    Season 16 Episode 3:

    Disaster at Tenerife

    Pan Am Flight 1736 is on the runway at Tenerife Airport when KLM Flight 4805 careens towards it.

  • Air Disasters - 9/11: The Pentagon (Season 16 Episode 2)
    Season 16 Episode 2:

    9/11: The Pentagon

    On September 11, 2001, hijackers fly American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, while in New York, jetliners hit the World Trade Center.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Silence (Season 16 Episode 1)
    Season 16 Episode 1:

    Deadly Silence

    When a private Learjet veers onto an unplanned trajectory en route to Dallas from Orlando, it's clear something has gone terribly wrong.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Oxygen (Season 16 Episode 1)
    Season 16 Episode 1:

    Deadly Oxygen

    When a private Learjet veers onto an unplanned trajectory en route to Dallas from Orlando, it's clear something has gone terribly wrong.

  • Air Disasters - Carnage In Sao Paulo (Season 15 Episode 10)
    Season 15 Episode 10:

    Carnage In Sao Paulo

    Ninety-five people die when TAM Airlines flight 402 crashes seconds after take-off; experts investigate what went wrong.

  • Air Disasters - Steep Impact (Season 15 Episode 9)
    Season 15 Episode 9:

    Steep Impact

    An investigator puts his reputation on the line to prove the startling truth behind the fatal crash of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 in 1991.

  • Air Disasters - Edge of Disaster (Season 15 Episode 8)
    Season 15 Episode 8:

    Edge of Disaster

    Atlantic Airways Flight 670 mysteriously careens off the runway and down an embankment on the tiny Norwegian island of Stord.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Delay (Season 15 Episode 7)
    Season 15 Episode 7:

    Deadly Delay

    Spanair Flight 5022 attempts to takeoff from Barajas Airport, but stalls immediately, banks to the right and crashes, killing 154 of the 172 people on board.

  • Air Disasters - Fatal Transmission (Season 15 Episode 6)
    Season 15 Episode 6:

    Fatal Transmission

    A 1996 collision between United Express 5925 and a private plane leaves investigators stumped, until they learn a missing pilot played a role.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Mission (Season 15 Episode 5)
    Season 15 Episode 5:

    Deadly Mission

    The United Nations DC-6 mysteriously crashes 10 miles from the runway while on a secret mission over Africa.

  • Air Disasters - Fatal Delivery (Season 15 Episode 4)
    Season 15 Episode 4:

    Fatal Delivery

    A fire breaks out on UPS Flight six; as smoke fills the cockpit, getting the plane to safety is a race against time.

  • Air Disasters - High Rise Catastrophe (Season 15 Episode 3)
    Season 15 Episode 3:

    High Rise Catastrophe

    When El Al Flight 1862 crashes, the investigation reveals a potentially lethal problem for every 747 in the sky.

  • Air Disasters - Terror In San Francisco (Season 15 Episode 2)
    Season 15 Episode 2:

    Terror In San Francisco

    Asiana Flight 214 slams into a seawall just short of the runway in San Francisco.

  • Air Disasters - Fatal Focus (Season 15 Episode 1)
    Season 15 Episode 1:

    Fatal Focus

    Experts make an astonishing find as they investigate the fate of Garuda Indonesia Flight 200, which crashed in 2007, killing 21 of the 140 people on board.

  • Air Disasters - Death in the Arctic (Season 14 Episode 10)
    Season 14 Episode 10:

    Death in the Arctic

    First Air Flight 6560 slammed into a hillside near Resolute Bay, one of the most remote airports in the world.

  • Air Disasters - No Clear Options (Season 14 Episode 9)
    Season 14 Episode 9:

    No Clear Options

    After a commuter turboprop crashes at a fog-bound Irish airport, investigators uncover a startling gap in aviation safety that's putting passengers lives at risk.

  • Air Disasters - M1 Plane Crash (Season 14 Episode 4)
    Season 14 Episode 4:

    M1 Plane Crash

    The tragic misunderstanding of the Kegworth air disaster.

  • Air Disasters - Total Engine Failure (Season 14 Episode 1)
    Season 14 Episode 1:

    Total Engine Failure

    When British Midland Flight 92 has an engine fire, the pilots try to make a landing, but the second engine fails before they can get to safety.

  • Air Disasters - Sideswiped (Season 13 Episode 11)
    Season 13 Episode 11:

    Sideswiped

    Copa Airlines Flight 201 disappears from radar over one of the remotest jungles on Earth.

  • Air Disasters - Inner CityCarnage (Season 13 Episode 9)
    Season 13 Episode 9:

    Inner CityCarnage

    A Learjet 45 carrying Mexico's interior minister slams into Mexico City's financial district, killing everyone on board and seven on the ground.

  • Air Disasters - Death At Narita (Season 13 Episode 8)
    Season 13 Episode 8:

    Death At Narita

    Investigators examine similarities between a crash landing at Tokyo's Narita Airport and an accident at Newark Airport more than a decade earlier.

  • Air Disasters - Malayasia 370: What Happened? (Season 13 Episode 7)
    Season 13 Episode 7:

    Malayasia 370: What Happened?

    Leading aviation experts are confronted with a shocking theory as they investigate one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

  • Air Disasters - Vanishing Act (Season 13 Episode 6)
    Season 13 Episode 6:

    Vanishing Act

    Investigators face a baffling mystery when Varig Flight 254 crashes in a remote jungle nearly 700 miles off course.

  • Air Disasters - 3rd Time Unlucky (Season 13 Episode 5)
    Season 13 Episode 5:

    3rd Time Unlucky

    After clearing the Manx2 Flight 7100 for landing, controllers at Ireland's Cork Airport are shocked when it goes into a severe roll, crashing into the runway.

  • Air Disasters - The Death of JFK Jr. (Season 13 Episode 4)
    Season 13 Episode 4:

    The Death of JFK Jr.

    The celebrity son of JFK disappeared along with his plane in 1999; investigators soon found the wreckage, but are unsure what brought the aircraft down.

  • Air Disasters - Concorde - Up In Flames (Season 13 Episode 3)
    Season 13 Episode 3:

    Concorde - Up In Flames

    Aviation experts determine what went wrong when a Concorde exploded into flames moments after leaving a Paris runway.

  • Air Disasters - Niki Lauda: Tragedy in the Air (Season 13 Episode 2)
    Season 13 Episode 2:

    Niki Lauda: Tragedy in the Air

    Airline owner Niki Lauda joins forces with investigators to determine why Lauda Air Flight 004 fell into a steep dive and crashed.

  • Air Disasters - Fight To The Death (Season 13 Episode 1)
    Season 13 Episode 1:

    Fight To The Death

    Investigators must rely on a reconstruction along with witness statements to determine what went wrong when a plane crashes after take-off.

  • Air Disasters - Qantas 32: Titanic in the Sky (Season 12 Episode 10)
    Season 12 Episode 10:

    Qantas 32: Titanic in the Sky

    On November 4, 2010, the pilots of Qantas Flight 32 were forced to deal with a series of failures when an explosion tore apart an engine on their A380.

  • Air Disasters - Into The Eye of The Storm (Season 12 Episode 9)
    Season 12 Episode 9:

    Into The Eye of The Storm

    Investigators must figure out why a crew of skilled hurricane hunters was nearly killed after an engine fire crippled their aircraft mid-flight.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Test (Season 12 Episode 8)
    Season 12 Episode 8:

    Deadly Test

    Above France, a highly trained crew puts a commercial airliner to the test; as the plane prepares to land, the captain suddenly loses control.

  • Air Disasters - Terror in Paradise (Season 12 Episode 7)
    Season 12 Episode 7:

    Terror in Paradise

    Experts investigate an unexpected explanation for the fatal crash of Air Moorea Flight 1121 when they hear its pilot's anguished cry on the cockpit voice recorder.

  • Air Disasters - Massacre Over the Mediterranean (Season 12 Episode 6)
    Season 12 Episode 6:

    Massacre Over the Mediterranean

    In 1980, Itavia Flight 870 exploded over the sea; after 30 years of investigations, experts finally reveal the truth behind the mysterious disaster.

  • Air Disasters - Lost in Translation (Season 12 Episode 5)
    Season 12 Episode 5:

    Lost in Translation

    Shortly after taking off from Zurich, Crossair Flight 498 banks sharply to the right and spirals to the ground, killing everyone on board.

  • Air Disasters - Queens Catastrophe (Season 12 Episode 4)
    Season 12 Episode 4:

    Queens Catastrophe

    Experts investigate the crashing of American Airlines Flight 587, which killed 265 people in New York City just months after the 9/11 attacks.

  • Air Disasters - Speed Trap (Season 12 Episode 3)
    Season 12 Episode 3:

    Speed Trap

    On June 6, 1971, Hughes Airwest Flight 706 collided with a US Marine Corps F-4 Phantom at 15,000 feet over California.

  • Air Disasters - Disaster on the Potomac (Season 12 Episode 2)
    Season 12 Episode 2:

    Disaster on the Potomac

    Air Florida Flight 90 plunges into the frozen Potomac River and sinks moments after taking off from Washington National Airport.

  • Air Disasters - Britain's Worst Air Crash (Season 12 Episode 1)
    Season 12 Episode 1:

    Britain's Worst Air Crash

    The controversial findings of the investigation into the crash of British European Airways 548, which killed 118 people in 1972.

  • Air Disasters - Death of the President (Season 11 Episode 12)
    Season 11 Episode 12:

    Death of the President

    When Polish President Lech Kaczynski is killed in a plane crash, investigators discover that this was not simply a pilot error.

  • Air Disasters - Heading for Disaster (Season 11 Episode 10)
    Season 11 Episode 10:

    Heading for Disaster

    A look at the frightening crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 in 2010; after ruling out terrorists, investigators came to a highly controversial conclusion.

  • Air Disasters - Focused on Failure (Season 11 Episode 9)
    Season 11 Episode 9:

    Focused on Failure

    Experts investigate the shocking crash of United Airlines Flight 173 in which all four engines failed resulting in the death of ten people in Oregon.

  • Air Disasters - Lokomotiv Hockey Team Disaster (Season 11 Episode 8)
    Season 11 Episode 8:

    Lokomotiv Hockey Team Disaster

    Investigation into the 2011 air disaster that killed an entire top-flight Russian ice hockey team.

  • Air Disasters - Catastrophe at O'Hare (Season 11 Episode 7)
    Season 11 Episode 7:

    Catastrophe at O'Hare

    On May 25, 1979, Flight 191 crashes into a trailer park moments after takeoff; 271 people aboard were killed.

  • Air Disasters - Falling to Pieces (Season 11 Episode 7)
    Season 11 Episode 7:

    Falling to Pieces

    On May 25, 1979, Flight 191 crashes into a trailer park moments after takeoff; 271 people aboard were killed.

  • Air Disasters - America's Deadliest (Season 11 Episode 7)
    Season 11 Episode 7:

    America's Deadliest

    On May 25, 1979, Flight 191 crashes into a trailer park moments after takeoff; 271 people aboard were killed.

  • Air Disasters - Blind Landing (Season 11 Episode 6)
    Season 11 Episode 6:

    Blind Landing

    Experts face a tricky investigation into the crash of TANS Peru Flight 204 after key evidence is looted from the crash site.

  • Air Disasters - Grand Canyon Disaster (Season 11 Episode 5)
    Season 11 Episode 5:

    Grand Canyon Disaster

    Experts investigate the collision of two planes over the Grand Canyon in 1956, uncovering a frightening problem that threatened the entire aviation system.

  • Air Disasters - Pilot Under Pressure (Season 11 Episode 4)
    Season 11 Episode 4:

    Pilot Under Pressure

    SilkAir Flight 185 en route to Singapore crashed into the Musi River in Indonesia after abruptly plunging from its 35,000 feet cruising altitude, killing all 97 passengers on board.

  • Air Disasters - Pushed to the Limit (Season 11 Episode 4)
    Season 11 Episode 4:

    Pushed to the Limit

    SilkAir Flight 185 en route to Singapore crashed into the Musi River in Indonesia after abruptly plunging from its 35,000 feet cruising altitude, killing all 97 passengers on board.

  • Air Disasters - Fight for Control (Season 11 Episode 3)
    Season 11 Episode 3:

    Fight for Control

    Internal US flight loses a propeller 19,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean.

  • Air Disasters - Typhoon Takeoff (Season 11 Episode 2)
    Season 11 Episode 2:

    Typhoon Takeoff

    Following a fatal crash in treacherous conditions at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek airport, investigators make a shocking discovery on the runway.

  • Air Disasters - Caution to the Wind (Season 11 Episode 2)
    Season 11 Episode 2:

    Caution to the Wind

    Following a fatal crash in treacherous conditions at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek airport, investigators make a shocking discovery on the runway.

  • Air Disasters - Fire in the Hold (Season 11 Episode 1)
    Season 11 Episode 1:

    Fire in the Hold

    A ValuJet bursts into flames and crashes in the Florida Everglades which reignites a controversy that rocks the FAA.

  • Air Disasters - Impossible Landing (Season 10 Episode 13)
    Season 10 Episode 13:

    Impossible Landing

    A shocking look at the fate of United Airlines Flight 232 which crashed into Sioux City's runway in 1989 causing a subsequent explosion that left 111 people dead.

  • Air Disasters - The Invisible Plane (Season 10 Episode 12)
    Season 10 Episode 12:

    The Invisible Plane

    SAS Flight 686 takes off from Milan's Linate Airport and moments later collides with a Cessna on the runway.

  • Air Disasters - Nowhere to Land (Season 10 Episode 11)
    Season 10 Episode 11:

    Nowhere to Land

    Pilots of TACA Flight 110 make a remarkable landing on a narrow levee, but investigators must find out why the engines in a brand new plane failed.

  • Air Disasters - I'm the Problem (Season 10 Episode 10)
    Season 10 Episode 10:

    I'm the Problem

    Moments before Pacific Southwest Flight 1771 crashes on a cattle ranch in California, gunshots are heard in the cabin.

  • Air Disasters - Split Decision (Season 10 Episode 9)
    Season 10 Episode 9:

    Split Decision

    Arrow Air Flight 1285 with 248 American soldiers on board crashes seconds after refueling in Newfoundland.

  • Air Disasters - Hiding in Plane Sight (Season 10 Episode 8)
    Season 10 Episode 8:

    Hiding in Plane Sight

    In 1978, PSA Flight 182 collides with a Cessna and crashes into a San Diego residential area killing people on both planes and seven people on the ground.

  • Air Disasters - Blind Spot (Season 10 Episode 8)
    Season 10 Episode 8:

    Blind Spot

    In 1978, PSA Flight 182 collides with a Cessna and crashes into a San Diego residential area killing people on both planes and seven people on the ground.

  • Air Disasters - Mayday Munich (Season 10 Episode 7)
    Season 10 Episode 7:

    Mayday Munich

    A plane with members of the Manchester United football team crashes while heading home from Yugoslavia, killing 23 aboard.

  • Air Disasters - Under Pressure (Season 10 Episode 6)
    Season 10 Episode 6:

    Under Pressure

    On July 11, 1991, the crew of Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 unsuccessfully tries to return to the airport after a burst tire creates an in-flight fire which causes 247 Nigerian pilgrims and 14 crew to perish.

  • Air Disasters - Desert Inferno (Season 10 Episode 6)
    Season 10 Episode 6:

    Desert Inferno

    On July 11, 1991, the crew of Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 unsuccessfully tries to return to the airport after a burst tire creates an in-flight fire which causes 247 Nigerian pilgrims and 14 crew to perish.

  • Air Disasters - The Plane That Flew Too High (Season 10 Episode 5)
    Season 10 Episode 5:

    The Plane That Flew Too High

    West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes down killing 160 people in 2005 ultimately leading to the bankruptcy of the troubled airline.

  • Air Disasters - Turning Point (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:

    Turning Point

    A Northwest Airlines flight cruises above the Bering Sea before problems develop and pilots must make an emergency landing in Anchorage.

  • Air Disasters - Break Up Over Texas (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    Break Up Over Texas

    Near the end of its flight, Continental Express Flight 2574 suffers wing damage and goes into a dive falling out of the sky.

  • Air Disasters - Bad Attitude (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    Bad Attitude

    Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509 crashes shortly after take off from London Stansted Airport on December 22, 1999.

  • Air Disasters - Disaster Runway (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    Disaster Runway

    On July 17, 2007, TAM Airlines Flight 3054 slides off runway 35L at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, and crashes at high speed into a warehouse adjacent to a petrol station killing nearly 200 people.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Reputation (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    Deadly Reputation

    On July 17, 2007, TAM Airlines Flight 3054 slides off runway 35L at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, and crashes at high speed into a warehouse adjacent to a petrol station killing nearly 200 people.

  • Air Disasters - Cockpit Failure (Season 9 Episode 6)
    Season 9 Episode 6:

    Cockpit Failure

    Minutes before they're scheduled to land in Zurich, the pilots of a routine passenger flight can't find the runway. They abort and power up the engines in order to climb, but they are too late.

  • Air Disasters - Dead Tired (Season 9 Episode 5)
    Season 9 Episode 5:

    Dead Tired

    In the worst US crash in over seven years, a Buffalo-bound flight stalled and plummeted into a suburban home in 2009.

  • Air Disasters - Pilot Betrayed (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    Pilot Betrayed

    Two minutes after Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751 left Stockholm in 1991, smoke filtered through the cabin and both engines failed, one erupting into flames.

  • Air Disasters - Beach Crash (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Beach Crash

    Chalk's Ocean Airways flight 101 crashes just after take-off from Watson Island in Miami on December 19, 2005, killing 20 people.

  • Air Disasters - Cracks in the System (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Cracks in the System

    Chalk's Ocean Airways flight 101 crashes just after take-off from Watson Island in Miami on December 19, 2005, killing 20 people.

  • Air Disasters - Miami Mystery (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Miami Mystery

    Chalk's Ocean Airways flight 101 crashes just after take-off from Watson Island in Miami on December 19, 2005, killing 20 people.

  • Air Disasters - Hudson River Runway (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Hudson River Runway

    Shortly after take-off, US Airways Flight 1549 encounters a bird strike and lands on the Hudson River.

  • Air Disasters - The Heathrow Enigma (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:

    The Heathrow Enigma

    British Airways' flight number 38 suffers from double engine failure and crashes near Heathrow in 2008.

  • Air Disasters - Cold Case (Season 8 Episode 9)
    Season 8 Episode 9:

    Cold Case

    Two similar plane crashes in Ontario and New York prompt an investigation which determines that the source of the crashes was due to a design flaw on the wings of the planes, both Fokker F28s.

  • Air Disasters - Target Is Destroyed (Season 8 Episode 8)
    Season 8 Episode 8:

    Target Is Destroyed

    During the Cold War, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down by a fighter jet when it violates Soviet airspace.

  • Air Disasters - Pilot vs. Plane (Season 8 Episode 7)
    Season 8 Episode 7:

    Pilot vs. Plane

    Air France Flight 296 fails to regain altitude after performing a flyby during an air show at Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport.

  • Air Disasters - Cleared for Disaster (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    Cleared for Disaster

    An air traffic controller's mistake causes a Boeing 737 to land on a runway already occupied by another aircraft.

  • Air Disasters - The Final Blow (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    The Final Blow

    An Air Inter flight crashes into the Vosges Mountains while attempting to land killing most of the 96 passengers.

  • Air Disasters - Doomed to Fail (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    Doomed to Fail

    An Air Inter flight crashes into the Vosges Mountains while attempting to land killing most of the 96 passengers.

  • Air Disasters - Alarming Silence (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Alarming Silence

    Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes shortly after take-off in Detroit in 1987 proving to be one of the worst aviation disasters in American history.

  • Air Disasters - Panic on the Runway (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Panic on the Runway

    On August 22nd, 1985, 55 people died aboard British Airtours flight 28M when its engine catches fire as it accelerates.

  • Air Disasters - Cruel Skies (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Cruel Skies

    The U.S. Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, Mo., and the importance of accurate weather forecasting to the aviation industry.

  • Air Disasters - System Breakdown (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    System Breakdown

    Five aviation disasters and the changes they have forced air-traffic controllers to make.

  • Air Disasters - Silent Killer (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Silent Killer

    In September 1989, Partnair Flight 394 crashed into the sea killing all 55 people on board.

  • Air Disasters - Blown Apart (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Blown Apart

    In September 1989, Partnair Flight 394 crashed into the sea killing all 55 people on board.

  • Air Disasters - Shattered in Seconds (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Shattered in Seconds

    After taking off from Taiwan, a China Airlines 747 suddenly disappears from radar and crashes, killing 225 people.

  • Air Disasters - Scratching the Surface (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Scratching the Surface

    After taking off from Taiwan, a China Airlines 747 suddenly disappears from radar and crashes, killing 225 people.

  • Air Disasters - Frozen in Flight (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Frozen in Flight

    A design flaw sends American Eagle Flight 41-84 smashing into a cornfield outside of Chicago, killing all 68 people on board.

  • Air Disasters - The Plane That Vanished (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    The Plane That Vanished

    Adam Air Flight 574 crashes into the Java Sea after leaving Indonesia on New Year's Day 2007.

  • Air Disasters - Sight Unseen (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Sight Unseen

    Saudi Airways and Kazakhstan Airlines jets hit each other at 14,000 feet sending both planes spiraling to the ground.

  • Air Disasters - Flight 574: Lost (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Flight 574: Lost

    Adam Air Flight 574 crashes into the Java Sea after leaving Indonesia on New Year's Day 2007.

  • Air Disasters - Operation Babylift (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Operation Babylift

    Tragic story from the Vietnam War when over 250 children, who were being airlifted to safety on a US Air Force C5A Galaxy, died in a mysterious explosion.

  • Air Disasters - Lockerbie Disaster (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Lockerbie Disaster

    The tragic circumstances surrounding the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 by terrorists.

  • Air Disasters - Ditch the Plane (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Ditch the Plane

    Investigators discover a shocking mistake when pilots must ditch their plane in the Mediterranean, killing 14 of the 34 passengers.

  • Air Disasters - Falling Fast (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Falling Fast

    Investigators discover a shocking mistake when pilots must ditch their plane in the Mediterranean, killing 14 of the 34 passengers.

  • Air Disasters - Who's Flying the Plane? (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Who's Flying the Plane?

    Aviation disasters that resulted from problems with autopilots and computerized systems.

  • Air Disasters - Ripped Apart (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Ripped Apart

    Design innovations evolve as a result of terrible air disasters due to pressurization failure or explosive decompression.

  • Air Disasters - Fatal Flaw (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Fatal Flaw

    Accidents caused by minor defects or errors.

  • Air Disasters - Hidden Danger (Season 5 Episode 17)
    Season 5 Episode 17:

    Hidden Danger

    After getting lost in a storm, a plane crash-lands in Guam.

  • Air Disasters - Falling From the Sky (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    Falling From the Sky

    A British Airways flight to Australia in 1982 crashes into the Indian Ocean.

  • Air Disasters - Titanic In the Sky (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    Titanic In the Sky

    A cascade of failures, after an explosion rips apart the engine of Qantas Flight 32, dooms the aircraft.

  • Air Disasters - Phantom Strike (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    Phantom Strike

    In September 2006, a brand-new Legacy business jet collides with a Boeing 737 over the Amazon Rain Forest.

  • Air Disasters - Fatal Distraction (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Fatal Distraction

    Pilots of Eastern Airline Flight 401 try to determine why both landing-gear lights do not function, tragically distracting them.

  • Air Disasters - Getting Out Alive (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Getting Out Alive

    This special episode examines some of the world's most devastating aviation accidents in search of the search of survival.

  • Air Disasters - Dead Weight (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Dead Weight

    Air Midwest Flight 5481 plane plummets to the ground just after take off killing all on board and injuring one on the ground.

  • Air Disasters - Imperfect Pitch (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Imperfect Pitch

    A disastrous in-flight test hints at a hidden flaw in one of the world's most popular passenger planes.

  • Air Disasters - Behind Closed Doors (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Behind Closed Doors

    A design fault leads to an explosion on a DC-10 and two years later the same design fault causes another tragedy.

  • Air Disasters - The Plane That Wouldn't Talk (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    The Plane That Wouldn't Talk

    Conflicting alarms confuse pilots of Birgenair Flight 301 before it crashes into the ocean with no survivors.

  • Air Disasters - Mixed Signals (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    Mixed Signals

    Conflicting alarms confuse pilots of Birgenair Flight 301 before it crashes into the ocean with no survivors.

  • Air Disasters - Air India: Explosive Evidence (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Air India: Explosive Evidence

    A bomb explodes on Air India Flight 182 en route from Canada to India causing it to disintegrate over the coast of Ireland.

  • Air Disasters - Southern Storm (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Southern Storm

    Pilots of Southern Airways Flight 242 must try to land on a Georgia highway after the engines die and the windshield shatters.

  • Air Disasters - Tragedy on the Potomac (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Tragedy on the Potomac

    Air Florida Flight 90 plunges into the frozen Potomac River and sinks moments after taking off from Washington National Airport.

  • Air Disasters - Invisible Killer (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Invisible Killer

    During a storm, a strong gale slams Delta Airlines Flight 191 to the ground killing most people on board.

  • Air Disasters - Gimli Glider (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Gimli Glider

    A pilot heads for a decommissioned air force base, not knowing it is hosting a weekend family event, when the passenger jet he is flying unexpectedly runs out of fuel.

  • Air Disasters - Who's in Control? (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Who's in Control?

    Investigation into the 2009 crash of Turkish Airlines Flight 195. Just before landing in Amsterdam, the plane mysteriously fell from the sky, killing nine people.

  • Air Disasters - Fanning the Flames (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Fanning the Flames

    A complex recovery operation is launched to find out if a 747 which disappeared into the Indian Ocean was carrying illegal weapons.

  • Air Disasters - Ripped Apart (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Ripped Apart

    Some design innovations evolve as a result of terrible air disasters.

  • Air Disasters - Vanished (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Vanished

    Air France Flight 447 vanishes over the Atlantic in 2009.

  • Air Disasters - Seconds to Survive (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Seconds to Survive

    Santa Barbara Airlines Flight 518 disappears in the Andes Mountains.

  • Air Disasters - Subtle Incapacitation (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Subtle Incapacitation

    The 2010 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 sparks rumors of terrorism.

  • Air Disasters - Fog of War (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Fog of War

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 34 others are killed in 1996 when their Air Force 737 crashes on a mountain in Croatia.

  • Air Disasters - Air Crash Investigation (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Air Crash Investigation

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 34 others are killed in 1996 when their Air Force 737 crashes on a mountain in Croatia.

  • Air Disasters - Vertigo (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Vertigo

    Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea shortly after take-off, killing all 148 people on board.

  • Air Disasters - Desperate Dive (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Desperate Dive

    Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea shortly after take-off, killing all 148 people on board.

  • Air Disasters - Panic Over the Pacific (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Panic Over the Pacific

    A stalled engine causes China Airlines Flight 006 to go into a deadly spin before crew members were able to regain control.

  • Air Disasters - Panic Over the Pacific (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Panic Over the Pacific

    A stalled engine causes China Airlines Flight 006 to go into a deadly spin before crew members were able to regain control.

  • Air Disasters - Out of Sight (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Out of Sight

    A 1986 midair crash between Aeroméxico Flight 498 and Piper Archer N4891F near Los Angeles results in the creation of a collision-avoidance system.

  • Air Disasters - Ghost Plane (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Ghost Plane

    The worst crash in Greek aviation history occurs in 2005 when all 121 people on board Helios Airways Flight 522 lose consciousness.

  • Air Disasters - Hidden Danger (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Hidden Danger

    Mystery surrounds two 737 crashes until USAir Flight 427's near miss gives investigators the information to solve the case.

  • Air Disasters - Missed Approach (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Missed Approach

    Korean Airlines Flight 801 overshoots a runway during the final approach for a night landing and crashes into a hillside on Aug. 6, 1997.

  • Air Disasters - Final Approach (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Final Approach

    Korean Airlines Flight 801 overshoots a runway during the final approach for a night landing and crashes into a hillside on Aug. 6, 1997.

  • Air Disasters - Fire Fight (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Fire Fight

    When fire erupted aboard Air Canada Flight 797, the pilot made an emergency landing; flames engulfed the plane when the doors opened, killing half of the passengers.

  • Air Disasters - Fiery Landing (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Fiery Landing

    When fire erupted aboard Air Canada Flight 797, the pilot made an emergency landing; flames engulfed the plane when the doors opened, killing half of the passengers.

  • Air Disasters - Falling From the Sky (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Falling From the Sky

    British Airways Flight 9 falls toward the ocean when all four engines mysteriously fail, and then restart.

  • Air Disasters - Miracle Escape (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Miracle Escape

    In August 2005, Air France Flight 358 skidded off the runway in Toronto, trapping more than 300 passengers on the plane.

  • Air Disasters - Desperate Escape (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Desperate Escape

    In August 2005, Air France Flight 358 skidded off the runway in Toronto, trapping more than 300 passengers on the plane.

  • Air Disasters - Crash of the Century (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Crash of the Century

    Two fully loaded jumbo airliners sustain 583 casualties despite not having left the ground.

  • Air Disasters - Ocean Landing (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Ocean Landing

    When three hijackers ordered an Ethiopian plane to fly to Australia, the pilot tricked them by flying south along the African coast, with deadly consequences.

  • Air Disasters - African Hijack (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    African Hijack

    When three hijackers ordered an Ethiopian plane to fly to Australia, the pilot tricked them by flying south along the African coast, with deadly consequences.

  • Air Disasters - Runaway Train (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Runaway Train

    A freight train carrying an excess of cargo loses its brakes while descending a mountain causing it to gain speed and derail into a neighborhood killing several people.

  • Air Disasters - Collision Course (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Collision Course

    Saudi Airways and Kazakhstan Airlines jets hit each other at 14,000 feet sending both planes spiraling to the ground.

  • Air Disasters - Head-On Collision (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Head-On Collision

    Saudi Airways and Kazakhstan Airlines jets hit each other at 14,000 feet sending both planes spiraling to the ground.

  • Air Disasters - Kid in the Cockpit (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Kid in the Cockpit

    A Russian pilot allowed his teenage son to take control of Aeroflot Flight 593, setting in motion a chain of events that caused the deaths of 70 people.

  • Air Disasters - Death and Denial (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Death and Denial

    EgyptAir Flight 990 suddenly crashes into the sea killing all 217 people aboard causing controversy over whether it was intentional or a mechanical malfunction.

  • Air Disasters - EgyptAir 990 (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    EgyptAir 990

    EgyptAir Flight 990 suddenly crashes into the sea killing all 217 people aboard causing controversy over whether it was intentional or a mechanical malfunction.

  • Air Disasters - Helicopter Down (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Helicopter Down

    In 1995, a chopper carrying 18 people to a North Sea oil platform crashes; miraculously, everyone onboard survived in a life raft.

  • Air Disasters - Helicopter Down (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Helicopter Down

    In 1995, a chopper carrying 18 people to a North Sea oil platform crashes; miraculously, everyone onboard survived in a life raft.

  • Air Disasters - Mistaken Identity (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Mistaken Identity

    A high-tech American gunship stationed in the Persian Gulf shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 carrying 290 people when its systems confuse it with an Iranian fighter.

  • Air Disasters - Bomb on Board (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Bomb on Board

    On December 11, 1994, a terrorist bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, yet only one passenger dies.

  • Air Disasters - Fight for Your Life (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Fight for Your Life

    A FedEx flight out of Memphis descended into chaos when a surprise attack by a disgruntled employee threatened the lives of all on board.

  • Air Disasters - Out of Control (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Out of Control

    JAL Flight 123's steering system stops working 12 minutes after takeoff, causing the plane to crash into the side of a mountain and kill 520 people in 1985.

  • Air Disasters - Attack Over Baghdad (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Attack Over Baghdad

    The crew of DHL Flight OO-LL must land the plane using only the engines to control the craft when a left wing explodes causing the plane to lose hydraulic pressure.

  • Air Disasters - Hanging by a Thread (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Hanging by a Thread

    Aloha Airlines Flight 243 loses part of its roof of the front fuselage before landing safely at Kahului, Maui.

  • Air Disasters - Crash on the Mountain (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Crash on the Mountain

    American Airlines Flight 965 crashes into a 9,000 foot mountain near Buga killing all but 4 people aboard.

  • Air Disasters - Mid-Air Collision (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Mid-Air Collision

    A plane carrying a group of children collided with a DHL cargo craft when an overstretched Zurich air traffic controller's equipment failed killing 71 people.

  • Air Disasters - The Killing Machine (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Killing Machine

    A group of terrorists seize Air France Flight 8969 and start killing the passengers with the intention of exploding the plane over the Eiffel Tower.

  • Air Disasters - Hijack Rescue (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Hijack Rescue

    A group of terrorists seize Air France Flight 8969 and start killing the passengers with the intention of exploding the plane over the Eiffel Tower.

  • Air Disasters - One Wing Flight (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    One Wing Flight

    Corrosion causes a propeller on Flight ASA 529 to fail; crew and passengers die in the fire while attempting to escape.

  • Air Disasters - Fire in the Sky (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Fire in the Sky

    A fire and electrical failure on Swissair Flight 111 ends in tragedy, with the plane crashing into the Atlantic, killing all 229 passengers and crew on board.

  • Air Disasters - Fatal Error (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Fatal Error

    Shortly after takeoff, the horizontal stabilizer of Air Alaska Flight 261 malfunctions, causing the plane to dive into the ocean.

  • Air Disasters - Flying on Empty (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Flying on Empty

    Air Transat Flight 236 begins to leak fuel over the Atlantic and must glide into a landing at the naval base on the island of Azores.

  • Air Disasters - Flying Blind (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Flying Blind

    The crew relies on malfunctioning airspeed and altitude indicators to make an emergency landing which ends in disaster for Aeroperú Flight 603.

  • Air Disasters - Ripped From the Sky (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Ripped From the Sky

    The investigation of United Airlines Flight 811, which lost five rows of seats and nine passengers when the cargo door opened while in flight.

  • Air Disasters - Fatal Landing (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Fatal Landing

    Chronicling an airline pilot and co-pilot's struggle to beat a storm to Little Rock, Ark., that climaxed in a crash.

  • Air Disasters - Testing the Limits (Episode 75)
    Episode 75:

    Testing the Limits

    The first-ever 767 plane crash in history: Lauda Air Flight 004.

  • Air Disasters - Kid in the Cockpit (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:

    Kid in the Cockpit

    A pilot's decision to let his 15-year-old son fly has disastrous consequences on a commercial flight.

  • Air Disasters - Deadly Components (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Deadly Components

    Faulty maintenance can have deadly consequences.

  • Air Disasters - Niki Lauda - Testing The Limits

    Niki Lauda - Testing The Limits

    After the mysterious crash Lauda Air Flight 004, airline owner and Formula One driver Niki Lauda uncovers a shocking design flaw affecting passenger planes around the globe.

  • Air Disasters - The Final Push

    The Final Push

    FedEx Flight 80 bounces off the runway at Tokyo's Narita Airport and bursts into flames, mirroring a crash from a decade earlier.

  • Air Disasters - Near Miss 1

    Near Miss 1

  • Air Disasters - Near Miss 2

    Near Miss 2

  • Air Disasters - Lost World Underwater

    Lost World Underwater

    A dive team investigates the unexplored caves of the Bahamas.

  • Air Disasters - Falling Fast

    Falling Fast

    A turbo prop plane is forced to land in the sea; criminal charges are filed for a faulty fuel gauge.

  • Air Disasters - The Volcano Effect

    The Volcano Effect

  • Air Disasters - Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311

    Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311

    An investigator puts his reputation on the line to prove the startling truth behind the fatal crash of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 in 1991.

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