Revealing the dark truth that aviation safety improves one crash at a time, Mayday investigates legendary aviation disasters to find out what went wrong and why.Based on cockpit voice recorders, accident reports and eyewitness accounts, every episode also features interviews, state-of-the-art CGI and gripping reenactments.
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Season 1Hulu | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Sep 4, 2003
Racing the storm Sep 4, 2003 On 1 June 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420 tries to land at the Little Rock National Airport during a storm, but overruns the runway, killing 11 people. The crash was caused by the crew not arming the spoilers during their pre-landing checks.
S01 E02Sep 11, 2003
Unlocking Disaster Sep 11, 2003 On 24 February 1989, United Airlines Flight 811 is flying above the Pacific Ocean, when part of the right-side fuselage is ripped off, ejecting nine people from the aircraft and causing explosive decompression. The flight later lands safely at Honolulu without any more loss of life. An electrical short circuit caused the cargo door to open, creating the explosive decompression.
S01 E03Sep 18, 2003
Flying on Empty Sep 18, 2003 On 24 August 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel while flying over the Atlantic Ocean. The pilots of the aircraft glide it to a safe landing on a runway at a naval base on an island in the Azores. The fuel starvation was caused by improper maintenance work which allowed a hydraulic oil pipe and a fuel pipe to rub together, resulting in the fracture of the fuel pipe and consequent leak.
S01 E04Oct 9, 2003
Fire on Board Oct 9, 2003 On 2 September 1998, a fire breaks out on Swissair Flight 111 while in-flight, damaging vital systems and causing the aircraft to crash into the sea off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, with no survivors. The fire was caused by faulty wiring in the on-board first and business class entertainment system.
S01 E05Oct 16, 2003
Flying Blind Oct 16, 2003 On 2 October 1996, shortly after take off, the crew of Aeroperú Flight 603 is confused by false speed and altitude readings and contradictory warnings from the aircraft's air data system. In preparation for an emergency landing, the crew descends the aircraft, but unknowingly descend too far by relying on the false readings. The Boeing 757 crashes into the water, killing everyone on board. The false readings and contradictory warnings were caused by duct tape over the static ports—the duct tape was used to protect the ports during maintenance, but was not removed afterwards.
S01 E05Jan 1, 1970
Cutting Corners Jan 1, 1970 In January 2000, an Air Alaska jet with 88 passengers and crew suffered a catastrophic failure that tore it from the sky. A shocking chain of error and negligence had led to disaster.
S01 E06Oct 23, 2003
Cutting Corners Oct 23, 2003 On 31 January 2000, Alaska Airlines Flight 261's trimmable horizontal stabilizer jams and breaks free from its control system. The aircraft dives inverted into the Pacific Ocean, causing the death of all 88 on board. The stabilizer failed due to an improperly maintained jack-screw assembly.
Season 2Hulu | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Jan 24, 2005
Blow Out Jan 24, 2005 On 10 June 1990, the cockpit window blows out on British Airways Flight 5390, partially ejecting and injuring the captain through the hole. A member of the cabin crew clings to his legs as the co-pilot completes an emergency landing without any fatality. The captain is found to be still alive after being outside the cockpit for 21 minutes. The window blowout was caused by a maintenance worker installing incorrectly sized bolts during maintenance work.
S02 E02Jan 31, 2005
A Wounded Bird Jan 31, 2005 On 21 August 1995, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 is climbing to its cruising altitude, when a blade on the left-side propeller comes off. The imbalance of the rotating propeller causes the engine to partly tear itself from its mounting, creating excessive drag. The aircraft rapidly loses altitude and crashes, killing nine people. Metal fatigue in the propeller blade caused its failure.
S02 E03Feb 7, 2005
The Killing Machine Feb 7, 2005 On 24 December 1994, Air France Flight 8969 is hijacked on the ground at Algiers Airport. The four terrorists demand the aircraft be allowed to depart for Paris so they can blow up the aircraft over the Eiffel Tower, but the Algerian Army blocks the aircraft with vehicles and refuse to allow it to take off. Unable to carry out their plans, the terrorists kill three passengers over the next two days. The aircraft is then cleared to take off, but the crew diverts to Marseille Provence Airport. The hostage rescue team of the French Gendarmerie storms the aircraft, and after a gun battle in the cabin, the four hijackers are killed and everyone else is evacuated. It is described as "one of the most successful anti-terrorist operations in history."
S02 E04Feb 14, 2005
Deadly Crossroads Feb 14, 2005 On 1 July 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 collides with DHL Flight 611 in German airspace near Überlingen. Flight 2937 is destroyed instantly, and the DHL cargo aircraft crashes shortly afterwards, killing all 71 people on board the two aircraft. The crew of Flight 611 followed the on-board traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) instructions to initiate a descent. However, the crew of Flight 2937 followed the instructions of the air traffic controller instead of their TCAS and initiated a descent as well. Only one air traffic controller was on duty for that block of airspace at the time of the collision—his colleague, who was also meant to be on duty, was resting instead.
S02 E05Feb 21, 2005
Lost Feb 21, 2005 On 20 December 1995, American Airlines Flight 965 is en route to Cali, Colombia. The crew members are asked if they would like to perform a straight-in approach to Cali. The pilots accept the offer, but as they are making the necessary changes, they inadvertently remove the waypoints from the flight plan in their flight management system (FMS), causing them to become unsure of their exact position. The crew members' mistakes leads them to fly the aircraft into a 9,000 foot mountain near Buga. Only four passengers and a dog survive.
S02 E05Jan 1, 1970
Lost Jan 1, 1970 In 1995, just days before Christmas, a Boeing 757 is on its final approach to Cali, Columbia. But the pilots don't know they've made a horrible mistake—they've strayed more than 10 miles off course, and are heading toward mortal danger.
S02 E06Feb 28, 2005
Missing Over New York Feb 28, 2005 On 25 January 1990, Avianca Flight 52, a flight to New York City from Colombia, is delayed numerous times by bad weather en route and is dangerously low on fuel as it attempts a landing. Wind shear forces the crew to abort the approach just one mile from the runway. They initiate a go-around, but are directed back into a holding pattern by air traffic controllers who are unaware of the low fuel situation. The Boeing 707 then runs out of fuel, causing it to crash on Long Island near New York.
Season 3Rent or Buy
S03 E01Sep 15, 2005
Hanging by a Thread Sep 15, 2005 On 28 April 1988, Aloha Airlines Flight 243 is en route from Hilo to Honolulu in Hawaii, when the upper half of the front fuselage is torn off, blowing out a flight attendant. The aircraft subsequently lands safely at Kahului, Maui. The fuselage failed from corrosion damage and metal fatigue.
S03 E02Sep 22, 2005
Attack over Baghdad Sep 22, 2005 On 22 November 2003, a European Air Transport Airbus A300 operating on behalf of DHL is climbing away from Baghdad International Airport, when the left wing explodes, causing a massive loss of hydraulic fluid which immobilizes the flight control surfaces. The crew flies the aircraft by changing the engines' thrust for control and make a safe landing 16 minutes later. A surface-to-air missile had been launched at the aircraft.
S03 E03Sep 29, 2005
Out of Control Sep 29, 2005 On 12 August 1985, the rear pressure bulkhead bursts on a Boeing 747SR operating as Japan Airlines Flight 123, destroying the vertical stabilizer and severing all four of the aircraft's hydraulic systems. The crew manages to keep the aircraft flying for 32 minutes until it clips Mount Osutaka and crashes, killing all but four people out of the 524 passengers and crew aboard.
S03 E04Oct 6, 2005
Fight for Your Life Oct 6, 2005 On 7 April 1994, Auburn Calloway, a disgruntled employee, attempts to hijack Federal Express Flight 705 armed with hammers and a speargun. Despite sustaining serious injuries, the crew successfully subdues Calloway and returns the aircraft safely to Memphis International Airport.
S03 E05Oct 13, 2005
Bomb on Board Oct 13, 2005 On 11 December 1994, a bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434 on the second leg of a service from Manila to Tokyo via Cebu City, killing a passenger, injuring many and damaging some of the aircraft's control systems. The crew successfully lands the aircraft at Naha Airport in Okinawa. Ramzi Yousef, a terrorist, smuggled the bomb aboard the aircraft on the first leg of its flight.
S03 E06Oct 20, 2005
Mistaken Identity Oct 20, 2005 On 3 July 1988, during the Iran–Iraq War, the USS Vincennes launches missiles which bring down Iran Air Flight 655, killing all 290 people on board. The crew of the Vincennes claimed that, despite its high-tech equipment, it mistook the airliner for an Iranian Air Force Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter. Iran believes that the US deliberately shot down its civilian airliner.
S03 E07Oct 27, 2005
Helicopter Down Oct 27, 2005 On 19 January 1995, the crew of Bristow Flight 56C is forced to perform an emergency autorotation to a ditching in the sea, after lightning damages the tail rotor of their helicopter. Despite the rough sea conditions, the 16 oil rig workers and pilots are rescued by nearby ships.
Season 4Rent or Buy
S04 E01Apr 16, 2007
Miracle Escape (Air France Flight 358) Apr 16, 2007 On 2 August 2005, Air France Flight 358 overruns the runway while attempting to land in a storm. The Airbus A340 travels through the airport perimeter fence into a small ravine and catches fire. The causes of the crash were the aircraft deviating above the required approach path for its landing, touching down too far along the runway and the crew deploying the thrust reversers too slowly. All 309 passengers and crew survived.Alternate title: "Desperate Escape"
S04 E02Apr 23, 2007
Falling from the Sky (British Airways Flight 9) Apr 23, 2007 On 24 June 1982, British Airways Flight 9 experiences St. Elmo's fire en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Perth, Australia. A few minutes later, all four engines flame out. After descending, the crew successfully restarts the engines and lands safely. The St. Elmo's fire and engine flame-outs were caused by volcanic ash spewed by Galunggung in Indonesia during a major eruption.
S04 E03Apr 30, 2007
Fire Fight (Air Canada Flight 797) Apr 30, 2007 On 2 June 1983, a fire breaks out on Air Canada Flight 797 in the aircraft's toilet. An emergency landing is made in Cincinnati, but the aircraft is engulfed by flames on the runway, killing 23 people, including musician Stan Rogers. The opening of the aircraft's doors after the landing caused a flashover.
S04 E04May 7, 2007
Missed Approach (Korean Air Flight 801) May 7, 2007 On 6 August 1997, the crew of Korean Air Flight 801 is unable to see the runway during final approach for a night landing in Guam. They initiate a missed approach, but the aircraft then flies into a low hill, killing 228 people. A combination of pilot error and the instrument landing system at Guam airport being temporarily out of service for maintenance work were blamed.AKA : Final Approach
S04 E05May 14, 2007
Hidden Danger (United Airlines 585, USAir 427 and Eastwind Airlines 517) May 14, 2007 On 3 March 1991, a Boeing 737 operating as United Airlines Flight 585 is on approach to land, when it suddenly rolls into a dive and crashes within eight seconds, killing all 25 people on board. On 8 September 1994, USAir Flight 427 is another Boeing 737 on approach to land, when it rolls and crashes within thirty seconds, killing all 132 people on board. On 9 June 1996, Eastwind Airlines Flight 517 is another Boeing 737 that unexpectedly rolls in similar circumstances, but the crew successfully regains control of the aircraft and lands safely. The cause of all three incidents was the rudder experiencing a "hardover" (suddenly going to full deflection) and jamming due to thermal shock of the hydraulic control valve.
S04 E06May 21, 2007
Panic Over The Pacific (China Airlines Flight 006) May 21, 2007 On 19 February 1985, China Airlines Flight 006's number four (right-side outer) engine flames out. As the crew tries to restart the engine, the Boeing 747SP stalls and enters into a spin. The crew successfully regains control, restarts the engine and lands safely at San Francisco International Airport. The incident was caused by pilot error.Alternate title: "6 Mile Plunge"
S04 E07May 28, 2007
Out Of Sight (1986 Cerritos mid-air collision) May 28, 2007 On 31 August 1986, Aeroméxico Flight 498, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, and a light aircraft collide over Cerritos, California, causing both to go out of control and crash, killing 82 people. The accident was caused by neither pilot making visual contact with the other aircraft and a lack of automated collision warning systems. The crash inspires the creation of the traffic collision avoidance system.
Season 5Rent or Buy
S05 E01Apr 10, 2008
Explosive Evidence (Air India Flight 182) Apr 10, 2008 On 23 June 1985, Air India Flight 182 explodes in mid-air and disintegrates over the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 passengers and crew members on board. Investigators discovered that a bomb from Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa caused the explosion.
S05 E01Apr 9, 2008
Behind Closed Doors Apr 9, 2008 An explosion rips a gaping hole in the cabin of a brand new DC-10, but not because of a bomb. A design flaw to the rear cargo door is the reason American Airlines Flight 96 from Detroit to Buffalo plummets to Earth just minutes after takeoff. Fortunately, the plane safely lands. A similar blast rocks another DC-10 just two years later, this time with deadly consequences. The crash of Turkish Airlines Flight 981 in Paris in 1974 is the worst air disaster of its time, but why did it happen?
S05 E02Apr 16, 2008
Gimli Glider Apr 16, 2008 It was a brand new, state-of-the-art 767, a 95-ton flying machine that suddenly lost its ability to fly. At an altitude of over 26,000 feet, fuel pressure was low, but for the pilots of Air Canada Flight 143, the pressure was at an all-time high. How could they land a jumbo plane with no working engines? Where could they land it? Journey back to 1983 and enter the cockpit, the cabin and the control towers and bring this doomsday flight to life.
S05 E02Apr 17, 2008
Behind Closed Doors (American Airlines 96 and Turkish Airlines 981) Apr 17, 2008 On 12 June 1972, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, just a few months old, operating as American Airlines Flight 96 from Detroit, Michigan, to Buffalo, New York, suffers an explosive decompression after a cargo door in the lower rear fuselage bursts open. The crew makes an emergency landing at Detroit without any loss of life. Two years later, on 3 March 1974, Turkish Airlines Flight 981 suffers a similar sequence of events during a flight from Paris to London. This time, the DC-10's hydraulic systems are damaged enough that the crew loses control, and the aircraft crashes in a forest near Senlis outside Paris, killing all 346 on board. At the time, it was the worst aviation disaster in history. A design fault with the cargo door mechanism was not rectified after the first accident, and the second DC-10's door opened during flight, causing the crash.
S05 E03Apr 23, 2008
Invisible Killer Apr 23, 2008 As the passengers and crew of Flight 191 to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport prepared for landing, a deadly force took shape in their path. In a matter of 47 seconds, the plane was sent rocketing toward a busy highway less than a mile from reaching its destination. Critical decisions and missed information conspire against the pilots, and in a fiery culmination, 136 lives are lost. Relive the harrowing events of August 2, 1985.
S05 E03Apr 24, 2008
Southern Storm (Southern Airways Flight 242) Apr 24, 2008 On 4 April 1977, Southern Airways Flight 242, a flight from Huntsville, Alabama, to Atlanta, Georgia, flies through a severe thunderstorm and is hit by large hailstones. Both engines of the DC-9-31 fail, and the aircraft makes an emergency landing on a highway in New Hope, Paulding County, Georgia. However, it collides with a gas station and explodes, killing 62 people on board and eight on the ground. Two more die later of injuries sustained during the crash.
S05 E04May 1, 2008
Dead Weight (Air Midwest Flight 5481) May 1, 2008 On 8 January 2003, Air Midwest Flight 5481 crashes into an aircraft hangar at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport seconds after takeoff on a flight to Greenville. All 21 people on board die, and one person on the ground is injured. Investigation showed that the pilots' controls had been improperly adjusted during maintenance, and that the aircraft was overloaded due to outdated formulae for calculation of passenger weights.
Season 6Rent or Buy
S06 E01Aug 9, 2015
Mistaken Identity Aug 9, 2015 The emergency landing of an Aloha Airlines plane that literally blew its top and the investigation that followed.
S06 E01Dec 17, 2007
Ripped Apart (Decompression Failures) Dec 17, 2007 BOAC Flight 781 ,South African Airways Flight 201, Aloha Airlines Flight 243, British Airways Flight 5390, United Airlines Flight 811, Helios Airways Flight 522.This special looks at accidents and incidents where pressurization failure or explosive decompression played a part. Episodes re-visited: Hanging by a Thread, Blow Out, Unlocking Disaster, Ghost Plane.
S06 E02Dec 17, 2007
Fatal Flaw (Minor Defects) Dec 17, 2007 Alaska Airlines Flight 261, Japan Airlines Flight 123, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529, Swissair Flight 111, United Airlines Flight 585, USAir Flight 427, Eastwind Airlines Flight 517.This special looks at accidents caused by seemingly minor defects or errors. Episodes re-visited: Cutting Corners, Out of Control, A Wounded Bird, Fire on Board, Hidden Danger.
S06 E03Mar 3, 2008
Who's Flying the Plane? (Crew vs Avionics) Mar 3, 2008 This special looked at accidents and incidents where problems with the interface between crew members and on-board avionics were a factor and the causes of those problems. Episodes re-visited: Flying Blind, Panic Over the Pacific, Kid in the Cockpit, Vertigo, Flying on Empty.
S06 E04Aug 30, 2015
Out of Control Aug 30, 2015 A catastrophic error made seven years earlier led to the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history.
S06 E05Aug 16, 2015
Bomb on Board Aug 16, 2015 December 11, 1994. There are 293 people headed for Tokyo aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 434, each of them unaware that a terrorist planted a time bomb under one of their seats. The midair explosion kills a passenger, cripples the plane, and forces the pilot into the most challenging landing of his career. These are two chilling stories, one aboard the flight, as passengers pin their hopes on the skill of the cockpit crew, and the other across the globe as authorities race to catch a terrorist before he can strike again.
S06 E07Feb 14, 2016
Helicopter Down Feb 14, 2016 The Super Puma helicopter is the workhorse of the North Sea oil industry, able to ferry workers to and from offshore drilling platforms in the harshest of conditions. However, a January 1995 storm proves too much for one chopper, sending it spiraling into the frigid sea, and putting the lives of 18 in peril. Follow the passengers' and crew's hair-raising struggle to stay alive on a tiny raft in a vast, turbulent sea, the race for rescuers to find them, and the follow-up investigation that revealed a shocking, hidden danger.
Season 7Rent or Buy
S07 E01Nov 5, 2009
Lockerbie Disaster (Pan Am Flight 103) Nov 5, 2009 On 21 December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 explodes in mid-air, and the wreckage of the 747 falls on and around the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground. A terrorist bomb had caused the in-flight break-up.
S07 E02Nov 12, 2009
Sight UnSeen (Saudi Arabian Airlines 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines 1907) Nov 12, 2009 On 12 November 1996, Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collide in mid-air near New Delhi, India, killing all 349 people on both aircraft. The world's deadliest mid-air collision and the overall third-deadliest aircraft accident, the crash was caused by the crew members on the Kazakhstan Airlines aircraft failing to maintain the altitude assigned by air traffic control.
S07 E03Nov 19, 2009
Scratching the Surface (China Airlines Flight 611) Nov 19, 2009 On 25 May 2002, China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes into the Taiwan Strait just 20 minutes after taking off from Taipei, killing all 225 people on board. A faulty repair to the lower rear skin of the aircraft more than 20 years earlier following a tailstrike had caused the entire tail section to weaken and fail.
S07 E04Nov 26, 2009
Blown Apart (Partnair Flight 394) Nov 26, 2009 On 8 September 1989, Partnair Flight 394 dives into the North Sea, killing all 55 people on board. The investigation showed that the vertical stabilizer of the aircraft had vibrated loose during flight due to sub-standard connecting bolts that had been fraudulently sold as aircraft grade.
S07 E05Dec 3, 2009
Operation Babylift (1975 Tan Son Nhut C-5 accident) Dec 3, 2009 On 4 April 1975, a United States Air Force transport aircraft conducting the inaugural flight of Operation Babylift suffers explosive decompression when the rear cargo door fails and crashes into a paddy field while attempting an emergency landing at Tan Son Nhut air base in South Vietnam. The investigation found that parts had been removed from the rear cargo doors and improperly replaced.
S07 E06Dec 10, 2009
Falling Fast (Tuninter Flight 1153) Dec 10, 2009 On 6 August 2005, Tuninter Flight 1153 runs out of fuel and ditches into the Mediterranean Sea, killing 16 people. It ran out of fuel because a fuel gauge for a different type of aircraft had been installed, misleading the crew about how much fuel was on board.
Season 8Netflix | Rent or Buy
S08 E01Jun 11, 2009
System Breakdown (Next Generation Air Transportation System) Jun 11, 2009 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision, 1986 Cerritos mid-air collision, Avianca Flight 52, Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907, Überlingen mid-air collision.This special looked at the role of air traffic controllers in the airline industry, and took a look at the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a new technology meant to eliminate mid-air collisions by reducing overall dependence on radar and radio, as well as delegating some of the air traffic controllers' tasks to computers on board each plane.
S08 E01Jun 10, 2009
System Breakdown Jun 10, 2009 Our air traffic control system has reached a breaking point. There are simply too many planes in the sky and the tools on the ground are in dire need of upgrading. Take a harrowing journey into the past, aboard five flights doomed by communication breakdowns, and chart the changes these air disasters forced. Then peek into the future as we join FAA test pilots experimenting with NextGen, a whole new system of air traffic control. If successful, it will greatly ease the mounting stress in control towers, and ultimately save countless lives.
S08 E02Jun 17, 2009
Cruel Skies Jun 17, 2009 An invisible microburst within a mile of a runway. Volcanic ash 35,000 feet above the Indian Ocean. In a heartbeat, nature can turn a routine flight into a fight for survival. Relive four pivotal aviation disasters and near misses that ultimately forced the industry to better protect our planes from severe weather encounters. Enter NOAA's National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center, and see how dedicated meteorologists, using state-of-the-art tracking equipment, have become every pilot's first line of defense against Mother Nature.
S08 E02Jun 18, 2009
Cruel Skies (Bad Weather) Jun 18, 2009 Southern Airways Flight 242, Delta Air Lines Flight 191, American Airlines Flight 1420, British Airways Flight 9.This special looked at the role of bad weather in disasters and examines the US Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, Missouri, to see how information on weather is transmitted to pilots in the sky.
S08 E03Oct 30, 2016
Vanishing Act Oct 30, 2016 On a routine flight in September 1989, the pilots aboard Varig Flight 254 call air traffic controllers when they're ready to descend into Belem, Brazil, but there is no answer. By the time the pilots realize they've flown 30 miles past the runway, it's too late. They're out of fuel and have no choice but to make a quick belly landing into the Brazilian jungle. Follow the intense rescue mission of Flight 254 and the investigation that followed.
S08 E04Jan 8, 2017
Sideswiped Jan 8, 2017 Relive the crash of Copa Airlines Flight 201 and the harrowing investigation in one of the world's most remote jungles.
Season 9Netflix | Smithsonian | Rent or Buy
S09 E01Sep 9, 2010
Panic on the Runway (British Airtours Flight 28M) Sep 9, 2010 On 22 August 1985, an engine of British Airtours Flight 28M fails during takeoff, puncturing a hole in the wing fuel tank and starting a fire. The crew successfully abandons the takeoff and stops the aircraft on the runway, but the fire spreads to the cabin. 55 people die before they can evacuate, mainly due to inhaling toxic smoke. The investigation found that fatigue of a part in the engine caused it to fail.
S09 E01Sep 8, 2010
Panic On the Runway Sep 8, 2010 How does a survivable airline emergency turn into one of British aviation's most horrific disasters? Investigators face this question after 55 passengers perish aboard a plane that never even leaves the ground. Experience the tragic events that befell Airtours Flight 28M in 1985, and see how an engine fire proved far less deadly than the toxic fumes it produced. The findings of this catastrophe led to sweeping changes in the design of commercial aircrafts to increase passengers survival chances in the future.
S09 E02Sep 15, 2010
Alarming Silence Sep 15, 2010 The loss of life from the 1987 crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 was the second greatest loss in the history of US aviation. Yet there was one survivor, a four-year-old girl. Just as improbable and shocking as her survival is the reason why the plane fell to the earth just seconds after takeoff. Relive the aircrafts tragically brief but deadly flight, and discover, through investigators painstaking research, the series of events and shocking blunders that claimed 156 lives.
S09 E02Sep 16, 2010
Pilot vs Plane (Air France Flight 296) Sep 16, 2010 On 26 June 1988, Air France Flight 296 fails to climb and crashes into trees after performing a flyby during an airshow at Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport, killing three people. The cause of this crash remains in dispute.
S09 E03Sep 23, 2010
Alarming Silence (Northwest Airlines Flight 255) Sep 23, 2010 On 16 August 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 stalls as it lifts off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport and crashes just beyond the runway, killing 154 of the 155 people on board and two people on the ground. The investigation showed that the pilots failed to configure the aircraft's flaps and slats for takeoff.
S09 E04Sep 30, 2010
Cleared for Disaster (USAir Flight 1493) Sep 30, 2010 On 1 February 1991, USAir Flight 1493 collides with a waiting SkyWest Airlines aircraft on the runway, killing 34 people. An air traffic controller mistakenly assigned the inbound Flight 1493 to land on a runway where SkyWest Flight 5569 was waiting to take off.
S09 E05Oct 7, 2010
Target Is Destroyed (Korean Air Lines Flight 007) Oct 7, 2010 On 1 September 1983, during the Cold War, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down after violating Soviet airspace. The crew did not switch the autopilot from heading to INS mode following take off which caused the aircraft to deviate from its assigned flight path.
Season 10Smithsonian | Rent or Buy
S10 E01Feb 28, 2011
Who's in Control (Turkish Airlines Flight 1951) Feb 28, 2011 On 25 February 2009, Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 is on approach to land at Schiphol in Amsterdam, when it stalls and crashes 1.5 kilometres from the runway. Nine people, including the three cockpit crew members, are killed. A faulty radar altimeter caused the aircraft's flight control computer to automatically reduce engine thrust prematurely, and the flight crew failed to notice the resulting drop in airspeed until it was too late.
S10 E02Mar 8, 2011
The Heathrow Enigma (British Airways Flight 38) Mar 8, 2011 On 17 January 2008, British Airways Flight 38 is on its final approach to land, when the autothrottles command increased thrust from the engines. The engines do not respond to the control inputs and remain at idle. The captain raises one notch of flaps to give the aircraft a few more feet of flying distance; it crash-lands just short of the runway without causing any fatalities. The fuel flow to both engines was restricted because of ice crystals causing a blockage in the fuel-oil heat exchangers.
S10 E03Mar 13, 2011
Cockpit Failure (Crossair Flight 3597) Mar 13, 2011 On 24 November 2001, Crossair Flight 3597 crashes into a hill during final approach to Zurich, killing 24 of the 33 passengers and crew members on board. The cause of the crash was the pilot descending the aircraft below the minimum safe altitude for the approach.
S10 E04Mar 15, 2011
Hudson River Runway (US Airways Flight 1549) Mar 15, 2011 On 15 January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 suffers a bird strike with a flock of Canada geese approximately 1.5 minutes after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. Both engines fail, and less than two minutes later, the crew members successfully ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River. All on board survive.
S10 E05Mar 22, 2011
Dead Tired (Colgan Air Flight 3407) Mar 22, 2011 On 12 February 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 stalls at low altitude and dives into a residential area near Buffalo, New York. All on board and one person on the ground are killed. Several critical errors made by the flight crew might have been the result of their fatigue.
S10 E06Dec 4, 2011
Pilot Betrayed (Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751) Dec 4, 2011 On 27 December 1991, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751 crash-lands without loss of life in Gottröra moments after taking off due to both engines failing. Clear ice from the tops of the wings had been sucked into both engines, causing internal damage. An automatic system (of which the pilots were unaware) to increase the engines' thrust contributed to their failure.
Season 11Smithsonian | Rent or Buy
S11 E01Aug 13, 2011
Deadly Reputation (TAM Airlines Flight 3054) Aug 13, 2011 On 17 July 2007, TAM Airlines Flight 3054 careens off runway 35L at Brazil's Congonhas Airport, crashes at high speed into a warehouse adjacent to a filling station and explodes. A total of 199 people on board the aircraft and on the ground are killed. Incorrect engine throttle settings upon landing caused one engine to reverse thrust while the other increased power, resulting in the loss of control.
S11 E02Aug 20, 2011
The Plane That Flew Too High (West Caribbean Airways Flight 708) Aug 20, 2011 On 16 August 2005, West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 stalls while cruising and crashes in rural Venezuela during a severe thunderstorm. Investigations revealed there were no faults with the engines. Pilot error led to the stall which was misinterpreted by the crew members, who took no recovery action until it was too late.
S11 E03Aug 27, 2011
Split Decision (Arrow Air Flight 1285) Aug 27, 2011 On 12 December 1985, Arrow Air Flight 1285, carrying troops of the US Army's 101st Airborne Division, stalls and crashes just seconds after taking off from Gander International Airport in Canada, killing all 256 people on board. The cause of the crash remains disputed.
S11 E04Dec 30, 2011
Break Up Over Texas (Continental Express Flight 2574) Dec 30, 2011 On 11 September 1991, Continental Express Flight 2574 is nearing the end of its intra-state flight from Laredo, Texas, to Houston. As the pilots are preparing to land, the aircraft tips into a dive and falls out of the sky as the left wing tears apart. All 14 people on board die. Improper maintenance caused a section of the horizontal stabilizer to break loose during flight, after which the pilots had no control.
S11 E05Dec 30, 2011
Munich Air Disaster (British European Airways Flight 609) Dec 30, 2011 On 6 February 1958, British European Airways Flight 609, carrying members of the famed Manchester United association football team, club officials and journalists, crashes into a house about 300 meters from the end of the runway in Munich after it fails to become airborne, killing 23 of the 44 people on board. The cause of the crash was slush on the runway, which slowed the aircraft down and prevented it from reaching takeoff speed.
S11 E06Dec 30, 2011
Turning Point (Northwest Airlines Flight 85) Dec 30, 2011 On 9 October 2002, Northwest Airlines Flight 85 is cruising above the Bering Sea, when the lower rudder segment suddenly deflects to the left. The pilots divert the aircraft to a successful emergency landing at Anchorage, Alaska, by using engine thrust for control. The incident was attributed to a fatigue failure of the rudder hydraulic control module, resulting in part of the module's metal casing breaking off.
S11 E07Jan 21, 2012
Bad Attitude (Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509) Jan 21, 2012 On 22 December 1999, Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509, en route from London Stansted Airport to Milan, Italy, crashes into a field about 55 seconds after taking off, killing all four crew members on board. The causes of the crash were the captain following the indications of a malfunctioning attitude indicator and lack of communication amongst the crew members.
Season 12Rent or Buy
S12 E01Aug 4, 2012
Fight for Control (Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8) Aug 4, 2012 On 8 June 1983, Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8's propeller separates from the aircraft over Cold Bay, Alaska, causing an explosive decompression and loss of control. The pilots manage to land the aircraft safely at Anchorage, Alaska. The propeller fell into the sea, and the cause of the separation is undetermined.
S12 E02Aug 11, 2012
Fire in the Hold (ValuJet Flight 592) Aug 11, 2012 On 11 May 1996, 10 minutes after takeoff, ValuJet Flight 592 crashes into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board. The cause was an in-flight fire which was started by the accidental triggering of a chemical oxygen generator improperly shipped as cargo.
S12 E03Aug 18, 2012
Caution to the Wind (Singapore Airlines Flight 006) Aug 18, 2012 On 31 October 2000, Singapore Airlines Flight 006 collides with construction equipment at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taipei while attempting to take off on the wrong runway in a typhoon. 83 of the 179 passengers and crew members perish. Investigators concluded that pilot error was the cause of the crash.
S12 E04Aug 25, 2012
Pushed to the Limit (SilkAir Flight 185) Aug 25, 2012 On 19 December 1997, SilkAir Flight 185, en route to Singapore, crashes into the Musi River in Indonesia after abruptly diving from its cruise altitude, killing all 104 passengers and crew members on board. The cause of the crash was disputed: a US investigation concluded that it was an act of murder–suicide by the captain; however, the Indonesian investigators were undetermined, and the Los Angeles Court concluded that it was a servo valve failure.
S12 E05Sep 1, 2012
Blind Landing (TANS Perú Flight 204) Sep 1, 2012 On 23 August 2005, TANS Perú Flight 204 attempts to make a landing at Pucallpa Airport, Peru, in a severe thunderstorm, but crashes into a muddy swamp four miles (6.4 km) away. The cause was the pilots not following visual flight rules that could have prevented the crash while the aircraft was being pushed by a downdraft.
S12 E06Jan 25, 2013
Grand Canyon Disaster (United Airlines 718 and Trans World Airlines 2) Jan 25, 2013 On 30 June 1956, United Airlines Flight 718 collides with Trans World Airlines Flight 2 over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. All 128 occupants on both flights are killed. At the time, it was the deadliest airline crash in history, and would lead to sweeping changes in the regulation of flight operations over the US.
S12 E07Feb 26, 2013
Catastrophe at OHare (American Airlines Flight 191) Feb 26, 2013 On 25 May 1979, the left engine of American Airlines Flight 191 falls off moments after takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The aircraft crashes into an open field shortly thereafter, killing all 271 people on board and two people on the ground. The engine fell off because the pylon attaching it to the wing had suffered damage caused by improper maintenance procedures.
S13 E01Dec 17, 2013
Fight to the Death (British European Airways Flight 548) Dec 17, 2013 On 18 June 1972, British European Airways Flight 548 stalls and crashes in a field near Staines-upon-Thames shortly after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport, killing all 118 people on board. The crash was attributed to the pilot retracting the aircraft's droops at too low an airspeed and failing to recognise the stall warnings.
S13 E02Dec 24, 2013
Disaster on the Potomac (Air Florida Flight 90) Dec 24, 2013 On 13 January 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 takes off from a snowy runway in Washington D.C, stalls at 300 feet altitude, strikes a road bridge and crashes into the Potomac River, killing a total of 78 people. The causes were ice on the wings and the pilots' failure to turn on the engines' anti-freeze system, causing erroneous engine instrument readings.
S13 E03Dec 31, 2013
Speed Trap (Hughes Airwest Flight 706) Dec 31, 2013 On 6 June 1971, Hughes Airwest Flight 706 collides with a United States Marine Corps (USMC) jet fighter above the San Gabriel Mountains. A total of 50 people from the two aircraft are killed, with the backseat crewman of the USMC aircraft the only survivor.
S13 E04Jan 7, 2014
Queens Catastrophe (American Airlines Flight 587) Jan 7, 2014 On 12 November 2001, just two months after the September 11 attacks, American Airlines Flight 587 spirals out of control after taking off from John F. Kennedy Airport. Shortly after, the aircraft crashes into the suburb of Queens, killing all 260 people on board and five people on the ground. The vertical stabilizer had detached from the aircraft because of improper rudder use by the first officer, after encountering wake turbulence from a Boeing 747-400 that had taken off minutes earlier.
S13 E05Jan 14, 2014
Lost in Translation (Crossair Flight 498) Jan 14, 2014 On 10 January 2000, Crossair Flight 498 crashes just two minutes after takeoff from Zurich, Switzerland, while heading for Dresden, Germany, killing all 10 people on board. The investigation found that the pilots had suffered spatial disorientation.
S13 E06Jan 28, 2014
Massacre Over the Mediterranean (Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870) Jan 28, 2014 On 27 June 1980, Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 crashes into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the island of Ustica, Italy. All 81 people on board are killed. The top Italian criminal court eventually ruled on 23 January 2013 that a missile strike brought down the aircraft, but controversy remains; some experts dispute this conclusion, arguing that an on-board bomb in the rear toilet was the cause. No definitive accident report was published.
S13 E07Jan 21, 2014
Terror in Paradise (Air Moorea Flight 1121) Jan 21, 2014 On 9 August 2007, Air Moorea Flight 1121 crashes shortly after taking off from Moorea Airport in French Polynesia. All 19 passengers and the pilot died. The cause was a badly worn and partly broken elevator control cable failing completely in flight. It was put under more strain than it could handle as the force on the elevators changed with flap retraction. The situation was likely aggravated by the aircraft being repeatedly buffeted by jet exhaust while parked, stressing the cables further.
S14 E01Feb 4, 2015
Choosing Sides (British Midland Flight 92) Feb 4, 2015 On 8 January 1989, British Midland Flight 92 crashes onto the embankment of the M1 motorway near Kegworth, Leicestershire, UK. The aircraft was attempting to conduct an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport. Of the 126 people aboard, 47 died and 74, including seven members of the flight crew, sustained serious injuries.
S14 E02Jan 13, 2015
Niki Lauda: Tragedy in the Air (Lauda Air Flight 004) Jan 13, 2015 On 26 May 1991, the thrust reverser of the first engine of Lauda Air Flight 004 accidentally deploys in mid-flight causing the plane to spiral out of control and disintegrate about 100 miles northwest of Bangkok. All of the 223 passengers and crew die in the crash.
S14 E03Feb 11, 2015
Niki Lauda, Testing The Limits (Lauda Air Flight 004) Feb 11, 2015 On 26 May 1991, the thrust reverser of the number one engine of Lauda Air Flight 004 deploys without being commanded during mid-flight, causing the aircraft to spiral out of control and disintegrate about 100 miles northwest of Bangkok. All of the 223 passengers and crew members die in the crash.
S14 E04Mar 11, 2015
M1 Plane Crash (British Midland Flight 92) Mar 11, 2015 On 8 January 1989, British Midland Flight 92 crashes onto the embankment of the M1 motorway near Kegworth, Leicestershire, UK. The aircraft was attempting to conduct an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport after one of its engines failed. Of the 126 people on board, 47 died and 74, including 7 members of the flight crew, sustained serious injuries.
S14 E05Mar 18, 2015
Vanashing Act (Varig Flight 254) Mar 18, 2015 On 3 September 1989, the pilots of Varig Flight 254 enter an incorrect compass heading into their instruments before takeoff. Flying on autopilot once airborne, the aircraft heads west instead of north-northeast towards its destination; after some time, it is over a remote area of the Amazon jungle. Attempts to reach an alternative airport are unsuccessful, and the aircraft eventually runs out of fuel. The pilot makes a belly landing in the jungle, during which the aircraft breaks up, killing 13 people.
S14 E06Jan 27, 2015
Accident Or Assasination (Mexican Interior Ministry Learjet 45) Jan 27, 2015 On 4 November 2008, an official Mexican Interior Ministry Learjet 45 crashes in rush-hour traffic in central Mexico City. All nine occupants, including Mexican Secretary of the Interior Juan Camilo Mouriño, are killed in the crash, along with seven people on the ground.
S14 E07Jan 20, 2015
Death In The Arctic (First Air Flight 6560) Jan 20, 2015 On 20 August 2011, First Air Flight 6560, a charter flight, crashes near its destination of Resolute Bay Airport, Resolute, Nunavut, Canada, in poor weather conditions. Out of the fifteen passengers and crew members, only three survived.
S15 E01Jan 5, 2016
Fatal Transmission (United Express Flight 5925) Jan 5, 2016 On 19 November 1996, United Express Flight 5925, operating for Great Lakes Airlines, lands at Quincy Regional Airport and collides with a light aircraft taking off from an intersecting runway. All 14 occupants on both aircraft were killed in a subsequent fire.
S15 E02Jan 12, 2016
Fatal Delivery (UPS Airlines Flight 6) Jan 12, 2016 On 3 September 2010, the pilots of UPS Airlines Flight 6 report a fire and declare an emergency shortly after taking off from Dubai International Airport. The crew tries to land back at the airport, but are unsuccessful. The aircraft flies over the airport and crashes into an unpopulated area nearby. Both of the pilots die. The fire was caused by the combustion of lithium-ion batteries.
S15 E03Jan 19, 2016
Terror In SanFrancisco (Asiana Airlines Flight 214) Jan 19, 2016 On 6 July 2013, on landing at San Francisco International Airport, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 strikes a seawall and crashes short of the runway. Of the 307 people on board, 2 passengers die at the crash scene; another dies shortly after in hospital.
S15 E04Jan 26, 2016
Steep Impact (Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311) Jan 26, 2016 On 5 April 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311, a flight from Atlanta, suddenly nose-dives into the ground while on landing approach to Glynco Jetport, killing all 23 people on board, including US Senator John Tower and astronaut Sonny Carter. The accident was caused by a malfunction of the left engine propeller control unit.
S15 E05Feb 2, 2016
High Rise Catastrophe (El Al Flight 1862) Feb 2, 2016 On 4 October 1992, after taking off from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, El Al Flight 1862 declares an emergency. The crew do their best to make an emergency landing, but the 747 cargo jet rolls violently to the right and crashes into an apartment complex, killing 43 people. The two engines on the right wing had separated from the aircraft, causing the loss of control.
S15 E06Feb 9, 2016
Fatal Transmission (United Express Flight 5925) Feb 9, 2016 On 19 November 1996, United Express Flight 5925, operating for Great Lakes Airlines, lands at Quincy Regional Airport and collides with a light aircraft taking off from an intersecting runway. All 14 occupants on both aircraft were killed in a subsequent fire.
S15 E07Feb 16, 2016
Carnage in Sao Paulo (TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais Flight 402) Feb 16, 2016 On 31 October 1996, TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais Flight 402 crashes seconds after takeoff from São Paulo–Congonhas Airport into a heavily populated residential area, killing all 96 people on board and 3 on the ground. The crash was attributed to the uncommanded deployment of a faulty thrust reverser on the right engine.
S16 E01Jun 8, 2016
Deadly Silence (1999 South Dakota Learjet crash) Jun 8, 2016 On 25 October 1999, a chartered Learjet 35 operated by Sunjet Aviation, carrying golfer Payne Stewart and his agents, runs out of fuel and crashes into a field in South Dakota after flying off course, killing all 6 occupants on board. The investigation concluded that everyone on board suffered hypoxia.
S16 E02Jun 15, 2016
9/11 The Pentagon Attack (American Airlines Flight 77) Jun 15, 2016 On 11 September 2001, during the September 11 attacks, American Airlines Flight 77 flies off course and crashes into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, after being hijacked. All the 64 people on board the aircraft, including the 5 hijackers, are killed, along with 125 people in the building.
S16 E03Jun 22, 2016
Disaster at Tenerife (KLM 4805 and Pan Am 1736) Jun 22, 2016 On 27 March 1977, the deadliest-ever aviation accident occurs at Los Rodeos Airport (now known as Tenerife-North Airport) in the Canary Islands. KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736 collide on the runway in thick fog during the KLM aircraft's attempt to take off, killing 583 people.
S16 E04Jun 29, 2016
Deadly Detail (China Airlines Flight 120) Jun 29, 2016 On 20 August 2007, China Airlines Flight 120 catches fire and explodes shortly after landing and taxiing to the gate area at Naha Airport in Okinawa, Japan. All of the 165 passengers and crew members survive. The incident was attributed to a fuel leak caused by a bolt from the right wing slat puncturing the fuel tank.
S16 E05Jul 6, 2016
Deadly Detour (Proteus Airlines Flight 706) Jul 6, 2016 On 30 July 1998, Proteus Airlines Flight 706 collides with a light aircraft during a detour over an ocean cruise liner and crashes into Quiberon Bay off the coast of Lorient, France. All fifteen occupants on board the two aircraft are killed.
S16 E06Jul 13, 2016
Dangerous Approach (Trans-Colorado Airlines Flight 2286) Jul 13, 2016 On 19 January 1988, Trans-Colorado Airlines Flight 2286, operating for Continental Express, crashes near Bayfield, Colorado, while on final approach to Durango. Both crew members and seven of the fifteen passengers on board die.
S16 E07Jan 24, 2017
Murder in the Skies (Germanwings Flight 9525) Jan 24, 2017 On 24 March 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 enters a high-speed descent and crashes into the French Alps during a flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany. All 150 people on board are killed. The investigation concluded that the crash was caused by an act of murder-suicide by the co-pilot.
S17 E01Feb 21, 2017
Killer Attitude (Northwest Airlink Flight 5719) Feb 21, 2017 After a routine one-hour flight from Minneapolis, Northwest Airlink Flight 5719 crashes in northern Minnesota, killing everyone on board. Investigators face intense pressure to find the cause. The cockpit voice recorder raises disturbing questions about an inexperienced pilot. But as investigators dig deeper, they uncover a troubling pattern of abuse that led to a breakdown in human cooperation.
S17 E02Feb 28, 2017
Deadly Myth (Comair Flight 3272) Feb 28, 2017 When a commuter flight to Detroit ends in a harrowing death spiral, it's up to investigators to determine the cause and prevent it from ever happening again. They sort through the shattered wreckage in search of clues, and a close analysis of the flight data eventually leads them to a stunning realization-What doomed Flight 3272 is a danger the industry has known about for years.
S17 E03Mar 7, 2017
Turning Point (Air China Flight 129) Mar 7, 2017 Headed for South Korea's Gimhae International Airport, a Boeing 767 crashes into a hillside several miles from the runway. As the nation mourns its worst-ever air disaster, investigators face puzzling evidence: The surviving captain of Air China Flight 129 claims that everything on board was normal, but air traffic controllers testify that the crew's radio communications were anything but.
S17 E04Mar 14, 2017
Explosive Proof (TWA Flight 800) Mar 14, 2017 Just minutes after taking off from New York's JFK Airport, TWA Flight 800 is ripped apart by a massive explosion. With a possible terror attack on their hands, the FBI joins investigators from the NTSB in an urgent search for answers. Both agencies are hoping for quick results, but the investigation into TWA Flight 800 will eventually pit them against one another, and will turn into one of the longest, most costly and challenging ever conducted.
S17 E05Sep 6, 2017
Lethal Turn Sep 6, 2017 On 26 September 1997, Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 crashes into mountainous woodlands while trying to land at Polonia International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, in low visibility. All 234 people on board are killed. The investigation determined that the aircraft turned the wrong way during the approach.
S17 E06Sep 13, 2017
Storming Out Sep 13, 2017 On 2 July 1994, USAir Flight 1016 stalls and crashes into a residential area while attempting to land at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport during a thunderstorm, killing 37 of the 57 people on board. The investigation concluded that the aircraft encountered microburst-induced wind shear, causing it to crash.
S17 E07Sep 18, 2017
Caught On Tape (Trans Asia Flight 235) Sep 18, 2017 Crash of Trans Asia Flight 235
S18 E01Feb 13, 2018
Nuts and Bolts Feb 13, 2018 Moments after taking off from a California airport, an American cargo plane needs to make an emergency landing. The pilots manage to bring their DC-8 to within sight of the runway, but the crippled plane crashes into an automobile salvage yard one mile east of the airport.
S18 E02Feb 20, 2018
Blown Away Feb 20, 2018 After circling above the Taiwan Strait to wait out a passing cyclone, TransAsia Flight 222 crashes on the Taiwanese resort island of Penghu. The media claims the storm is to blame, but the evidence soon points investigators in a different direction. Six months into the investigation, the airline is hit with a second accident. And that's when investigators uncover a systemic problem with fatal consequences.
S18 E03Feb 27, 2018
Deadly Distraction (Delta Air Lines Flight 1141) Feb 27, 2018 En route to Salt Lake City, Delta Airlines Flight 1141 crashes just moments after lifting off from Dallas-Fort Worth airport and erupts into flames.
S18 E04Mar 6, 2018
Deadly Airspace (Malaysia Airlines Flight 17) Mar 6, 2018 A commercial airliner goes down over a warzone in eastern Ukraine. The evidence indicates the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
S18 E05Mar 16, 2018
(Mt. Salak Sukhoi Superjet 100) Mar 16, 2018 On 9 May 2012, an aircraft on a demonstration tour crashes into Mount Salak in the province of West Java. All 45 people on board are killed. The investigation concluded that the pilots were unaware of the presence of high ground in the area and ignored warnings from the terrain warning system.
S18 E06Mar 23, 2018
Deadly Mission Mar 23, 2018 On 31 October 2014, an experimental spaceflight test vehicle named VSS Enterprise suffers a catastrophic in-flight breakup and crashes into the Mojave Desert in California, United States, while performing a test flight. The co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, is killed; the pilot, Peter Siebold, is seriously injured.
S18 E07Jun 13, 2018
Free Fall Jun 13, 2018 On 7 October 2008, Qantas Flight 72 suffers a pair of sudden uncommanded pitch-down manoeuvres during a flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Perth Airport. 119 of the 315 people on board are injured. The aircraft makes an emergency landing at Learmonth Airport near Exmouth, Western Australia.