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Release Date:
3 September 2003 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Dramatized reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews with aviation experts and eyewitnesses. Full summary »
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Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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Stephen Bogaert ... Narrator / ... (102 episodes, 2003-2014)
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Series Directed by
George D'Amato (13 episodes, 2007-2013)
Su Rynard (12 episodes, 2008-2014)
James Hyslop (10 episodes, 2008-2013)
Tim Wolochatiuk (8 episodes, 2004-2014)
Karl Jason (8 episodes, 2005-2012)
Ian Robertson (8 episodes, 2008-2012)
Michael Sinyi (6 episodes, 2010-2014)
Phil Comeau (4 episodes, 2004-2006)
P.J. Naworynski (4 episodes, 2008-2014)
John LaRose (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
Trevor Cornish (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
Gary Lang (2 episodes, 2003-2012)
Jim Donovan (2 episodes, 2005-2012)
Michael Douglas (2 episodes, 2005-2007)
Andy Webb (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Rodney Gibbons (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Michael Barnes (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Writing credits
Larry Bambrick (12 episodes, 2006-2011)
Carl Knutson (11 episodes, 2006-2013)
Mike Sheehan (10 episodes, 2006-2013)
Bernard Vaillot (9 episodes, 2003-2013)
Greg Gransden (9 episodes, 2005-2013)
Andre Barro (8 episodes, 2009-2013)
Armen Kazazian (8 episodes, 2010-2013)
Christopher Blow (6 episodes, 2008-2012)
Alex Bystram (5 episodes, 2008-2011)
Gary Lang (4 episodes, 2003-2014)
Andrew Weir (4 episodes, 2003-2005)
Greg Beer (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
Brian D. Young (3 episodes, 2013)
Phil Comeau (2 episodes, 2004)
David Bedard (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Tim Conrad (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dave Bene (2 episodes, 2008)
Doug Crosbie (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
John LaRose (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Michael Sheehan (2 episodes, 2014)

Series Produced by
Jesús Montero .... voiceover producer (54 episodes, 2008-2014)
Dean Perlmutter .... line producer / production executive (52 episodes, 2003-2009)
Larry Bambrick .... executive producer / series producer / ... (42 episodes, 2005-2009)
Suzanne Chapman .... production executive (32 episodes, 2011-2013)
Alex Bystram .... executive producer / series producer / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2014)
Bruce Glawson .... production executive / production executive: Discovery Channel Canada (13 episodes, 2006-2008)
Glen Salzman .... co-executive producer / co-producer / ... (12 episodes, 2003-2009)
Andre Barro .... executive producer / producer (11 episodes, 2003-2006)
John Vandervelde .... co-executive producer / co-producer / ... (11 episodes, 2004-2009)
Alix MacDonald .... series producer / story editor (9 episodes, 2012-2014)
Léon G. Arcand .... supervising producer (8 episodes, 2004-2006)
Katherine Buck .... co-executive producer / producer (7 episodes, 2003-2009)
Bernard Vaillot .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
David Darlow .... series producer / consulting producer / ... (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
Sherri Rufh .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 2006-2007)
Lana Pitkin .... line producer (6 episodes, 2008-2013)
Jenny Apostal .... executive producer / supervising producer (5 episodes, 2003-2006)
Kathryn Buck .... co-executive producer / co-producer (5 episodes, 2004-2006)
Bryn Higgins .... co-executive producer / co-producer / ... (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
David Barlow .... executive producer / series producer (4 episodes, 2004-2006)
Char Serwa .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dominique Dreyer .... line producer (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Michel Rager .... supervising producer (3 episodes, 2004)
Simon Lloyd .... executive producer / producer (3 episodes, 2009-2013)
Marianna Yarovskaya .... field producer / producer (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
Greg Lanning .... executive producer / series producer (2 episodes, 2003-2008)
Tom Parkhouse .... co-executive producer (2 episodes, 2003)

Tracy Cohen .... research producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Anthony Rozankovic (111 episodes, 2003-2014)
Christian Fabre-Dit-Garrus (3 episodes, 2003)
Simon Cloquet (3 episodes, 2005)
Benoît Jarlan (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Cinematography by
James Griffith (16 episodes, 2008-2014)
Mark Caswell (12 episodes, 2012-2014)
D. Gregor Hagey (8 episodes, 2006-2010)
Marcus Elliott (5 episodes, 2006-2011)
Damir I. Chytil (4 episodes, 2006-2008)
Stan Barua (3 episodes, 2012)
Russell Gienapp (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
John M. Tran (2 episodes, 2006)
Jordan Lynn (2 episodes, 2013)

Anton Van Rooyen (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Lorenzo Massa (22 episodes, 2004-2014)
Barry McMann (16 episodes, 2010-2014)
Eric Marapin (8 episodes, 2003-2007)
Dan Hawkes (6 episodes, 2008-2014)
Sharon Zupancic (4 episodes, 2009-2011)
Vidal Béïque (3 episodes, 2004-2006)
Eric Gold (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
Bruce Annis (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Eric Goddard (2 episodes, 2006)
Gad Reichman (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Daniel Sadler (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Denis F. Takacs (2 episodes, 2009-2010)

Gregory Fine (unknown episodes)
Bob Woodward (unknown episodes)
Chris Wright (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Millie Tom (11 episodes, 2005-2013)
Crystal Kramer (8 episodes, 2003-2009)
Roisin McGilly (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Paul Jackson (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Production Design by
Ricardo Barcelo (18 episodes, 2004-2013)
 
Series Art Direction by
Robert Cuthbertson (34 episodes, 2010-2013)
Gregory Davies (6 episodes, 2006-2008)
Derek Walker (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Maria Kennedy (4 episodes, 2004)
Julia Wille (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Fred Nock (3 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Costume Design by
Charlotte Hashem (15 episodes, 2006-2008)
Melissa Stewart (7 episodes, 2009)
Kim Harkness (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
Ashley Wood (4 episodes, 2008-2011)
Sheila Fitzpatrick (3 episodes, 2006-2008)
Carloes Francis (2 episodes, 2004)
Jennifer Kelly (2 episodes, 2004)

Lerelynne Phillips (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Omar Roessler .... key makeup artist / makeup artist (17 episodes, 2006-2009)
Randy Daudlin .... makeup artist / hair stylist (8 episodes, 2004-2006)
Jessica Fulmer .... assistant makeup artist (6 episodes, 2011-2012)
Daniel Lee .... key makeup artist / special makeup effects artist (3 episodes, 2005)
Ting Fang Liu .... assistant makeup artist / hair stylist / ... (3 episodes, 2005)

Tina Therrios .... special makeup effects assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
André Déry .... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
John B. Ford .... executive in charge of production (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Tara Elwood .... production manager (3 episodes, 2003)
Anne Samson .... post-production manager / post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 2004)
Isabelle Bourduas .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Lana Pitkin .... production manager (2 episodes, 2007-2011)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Robertson .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Emily Kulasa .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2011-2013)
Karl Jason .... first assistant director / second unit director (3 episodes, 2004)
Alan McKenna .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Sinyi .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2009-2013)
Adam Santangelo .... third assistant director (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Art Department
Laura Sitter .... props / on-set props (8 episodes, 2004-2006)
Fred Nock .... assistant art director / art department assistant / ... (6 episodes, 2005-2008)
Gordon Bryant .... graphic designer / 2D key animator (6 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kelly Anastasiou .... assistant art director (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Boris Masip .... assistant art director (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ian Robson .... carpenter (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Anya Shor .... art department assistant / props / ... (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Maria Kennedy .... assistant art director (4 episodes, 2004)
Kathleen Ayer .... assistant art director (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Patrick Gauthier .... property master (4 episodes, 2013-2014)
John Kennedy .... assistant art director (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Julia Wille .... props / property master (3 episodes, 2004)
Heidi Böhme .... assistant art director / carpenter (2 episodes, 2004)
Greg Stewart .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 2004)
Alex Motley .... art department assistant / assistant art director (2 episodes, 2006)
Andrew Morton .... set dresser (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Brian Eimer .... sound re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor (81 episodes, 2003-2013)
Kuba Psuty .... sound recordist (46 episodes, 2007-2013)
Josh Vamos .... voice recordist / dialogue editor (38 episodes, 2010-2014)
J.R. Fountain .... sound re-recording mixer / sound editor / ... (20 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jean-Pierre Bissonnette .... sound mixer (10 episodes, 2003-2006)
Frank Scheuring .... sound post-production (9 episodes, 2003-2007)
Adrian Tucker .... sound (8 episodes, 2003-2008)
Benoît Dame .... sound editor (7 episodes, 2004-2006)
Niall David Collins .... sound assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Valentin Pricop .... sound (3 episodes, 2006)
Christian Vignal .... sound (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
 
Series Special Effects by
Max Macdonald .... special effects supervisor (8 episodes, 2004-2009)
Melinda Ramsay .... special effects assistant / special effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Karl Heinz Brown .... special effects assistant (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Matthew Scott .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 2009)
Michael Meurawsky .... special effects assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Jean-Sébastien Savard .... visual effects supervisor (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Philippe Langlois .... visual effects artist / digital effects artist / ... (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Eric Normandin .... digital artist (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Andrew Szerszen .... digital effects supervisor (11 episodes, 2003-2007)
Yuval Levy .... visual effects director (10 episodes, 2008)
Hili Tsarfati .... vfx designer (10 episodes, 2008)
Luc Sanfaçon .... visual effects artist (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Antoine Gagné .... I/O supervisor: Big Bang FX (8 episodes, 2006)
Paul Saint-Hilaire .... flame artist: Big Bang FX (8 episodes, 2006)
Olivier Emery .... visual effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)

Sebastien Veilleux .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Dimitri Pavlakos .... stunt actor (1 episode, 2005)
Robert C. Shannon .... dive safety: second unit / underwater stunts: marine division (1 episode, 2006)
Susana Baker .... stunts (1 episode, 2009)
Stephanie Fonceca .... stunt performer (1 episode, 2012)

Valentin Nedialkov .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Pelham .... gaffer / grip / ... (9 episodes, 2003-2006)
Yoan Cart .... lighting cameraman / camera operator (9 episodes, 2003-2005)
Robert Barton-Taylor .... gaffer / grip / ... (9 episodes, 2004-2006)
Ian Watson .... still photographer (7 episodes, 2004-2006)
Peter Fraser .... grip / key grip (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Garth Archibald .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Damir I. Chytil .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Michael Preuss .... grip (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Stepan Sivko .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2011)
Michael Preuse .... grip (2 episodes, 2004)
Eric Oh .... Steadicam operator (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Greg Farrow .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2006)
Russell Gienapp .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Kevin Hall .... camera trainee / second assistant camera (2 episodes, 2008)
Matthew Watts .... best boy (2 episodes, 2011)

Maurice Jordan .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
C. Kim Miles .... cinematographer: Vancouver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Gordon Bryant .... 2D key animator (13 episodes, 2011-2013)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Stewart .... assistant costume designer (19 episodes, 2006-2008)
Adrienne Tyson .... costume design assistant / wardrobe assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jozef Karoly .... on-line editor / colorist (43 episodes, 2007-2014)
Martin Nault .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2003-2006)
France Nault .... post-production coordinator (7 episodes, 2003-2006)
Vincent Gosselin .... post-production assistant / post-production coordinator / ... (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
Joseph Bohbot .... colorist / on-line editor (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Greg Demers .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Katherine Lisi .... post-production coordinator (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Lester Lubuguin .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2013-2014)
Greg Connors .... colorist (2 episodes, 2003)
Patrick J. Clune .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Other crew
Sherri Rufh .... head of production administration (59 episodes, 2003-2013)
Dean Perlmutter .... production executive (40 episodes, 2003-2008)
Brian Barret Collins .... production assistant (35 episodes, 2008-2012)
Andrew Weir .... head of factuals / head of features / ... (10 episodes, 2003-2006)
Craig Williams .... location manager (10 episodes, 2008)
Liliane Benezra .... production accountant / accountant (9 episodes, 2003-2006)
Claire Benoit .... business affairs / legal / ... (9 episodes, 2003-2006)
Aislinn Mosher .... publicist (9 episodes, 2003-2006)
Shauna Jaeger .... assistant to head of production (9 episodes, 2006-2007)
Katina Katadotis .... publicist (8 episodes, 2004-2006)
Andrew Porporino .... chief financial officer / finance (8 episodes, 2004-2006)
Lisa Stamm .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2004-2006)
Noel Toche .... business affairs coordinator / business and legal / ... (8 episodes, 2004-2006)
Virginia Abramovich .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 2003)
Michele Houle .... archive researcher / researcher / ... (7 episodes, 2004-2006)
Louis Taylor .... production assistant (7 episodes, 2004-2006)
Jono Nemethy .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Bonnie Corey .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2009)
Alix MacDonald .... story editor (6 episodes, 2010-2012)
Huguette Parent .... production accountant (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
France Bourgoin .... production accountant / accountant (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Erik Jenkevice .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Rick Gass .... consultant (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Stephanie Kerridge .... craft service (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Heather Moran .... vice president (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sydney Suissa .... executive vice president / vice president (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Maggs .... researcher (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
John Scott .... pilot consultant / consultant (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Grant Rindress .... director of finance (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Geoffrey Guiot .... supervisor (2 episodes, 2004)
Denise O'Brien .... archive researcher (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeff Sturge .... researcher / interview coordinator (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Geoff Daniels .... senior vice president / vice president (2 episodes, 2005)
Lara Berry .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Darren J. Biro .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Christopher Blow .... researcher (2 episodes, 2006)
Nancy Irlanda-Tanjuatco .... researcher (2 episodes, 2006)
Rob Manson .... location / location manager (2 episodes, 2006)
Gillian Müller .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Emily Roe .... interview coordinator (2 episodes, 2006)
Rajo Zakic .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Kris Finnigan .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2010)

Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Jim Brokaw .... thanks (1 episode, 2005)
Steve C. Bradley .... thanks (1 episode, 2006)
Ralph Carrabs .... thanks (1 episode, 2006)
Steve Gallagher .... thanks (1 episode, 2006)
Gail Dunham .... special thanks (1 episode)
Robin Spry .... dedicatee (1 episode)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mayday" - Canada (original title)
"Air Disasters" - USA (syndication title)
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Runtime:
Canada:60 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:PG | Norway:A (TV rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Over the course of seven seasons, the show has featured accidents with a grand total of 9,704 passengers and crew; 6,243 fatalities (including hijackers but not including people who died on the ground as a result of an accident); and 3,461 survivors.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "Screenwipe: Episode #1.3" (2006)See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Engaging, 27 December 2012
Author: Blueghost from The San Francisco Bay Area

Most of us have flown, and have heard of those horrible airplane crashes that used to make big splashy news' headlines. They don't happen quite as often as they used to, and in our day and age of information overload, they tend to get drowned out with all the other news around the world. But, they still occasionally occur, and still draw attention.

This show, "Air Crash Investigations", "May Day", or "Air Emergency", or whatever you want to call it, delves deep into the causes and effects of many a famous air liner disaster. And, amazingly enough, despite the theatrics in the recreations, educates the viewer as to the realities of air craft functions and procedures of operation. By the end of the episode you'll feel like an aerospace engineering expert.

The format of the episodes follow a presentation of the event in brief, then an elongated version showing the developments to the event, followed by investigation and analysis. Nearly every episode has an act four that tells of the aftermath's, good and bad, of the disaster or crash that was investigated. All the while you, the viewer, are given great insight into the short comings of procedure, design or environment--more often than not it will be a combination of these factors that will lead to the inevitable; a crash of some form.

Not every episode deals with a crash landing. Sometimes the crew is able to salvage mortal failure on part of the plane, and bring things to a safe end--or, more often than not, a relative safe end. Even when the pilots can bring back a wounded bird so the show still looks into what forced the pilots into that situation, and how the event culminated in its eventful end.

One of the amazing things about this show is that the engineering aspects are explained such that any lay person, anyone who doesn't have any kind of engineering nor scientific background, are brought up to speed on the mechanics and science behind aircraft design so that they can understand, for the duration of the episode, the engineering aspects that were involved. Similarly procedures are explained as to how jets are flown, how they are berthed, how they land, takeoff, and are maintained. Interviews with key players, witnesses, experts in the field, make clear along with charts, animations and recreations provide visual cues to further explain and educate.

As a casual viewer who's flown, but flies no more, I have a curiosity about some crashes here in the United States. The series explored and explained them. I also had a curiosity about the reputation of the DC- 10 during the 70s, and the series looked into that aircraft in a series of episodes as well. All the major crashes are examined; from the bombing of Pan Am over Lockerbie Scotland, to PSA Flight 182 in San Diego, to the more contemporary events such as British Airways flight 38 in Heathrowe.

If this series has a shortcoming it's not that it caters to sensationalism (it uses that as a hook, but this is not the focus of the series), it's the actors in the recreations. It's a double edged sword with the performances because the actors needed to convey the emotional atmosphere of the participants involved, and therefore by necessity ham up the effort. It makes for an unusual viewing experience, but again gives the viewer a concept of the events and the actions of the people involved.

Well, just as car wrecks create rubber-neckers, so it is that I found this show addicting. Again, in spite of its sensationalist promotion, it is an actual documentary with elements of recreated drama interspersed between interviews and explanations. Married to it is a kind of tension that holds the show together and keeps the viewer riveted. You already know what happens, but the show is going to show you why it happened, and, hopefully, what solutions resulted from these horrible events.

It's not a show for the squeamish nor emotional. You might find yourself tearing up, being shocked, maybe outraged, but not very often will you feel settled after viewing this show.

I do recommend it, but definitely watch at your risk.

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