3 September 2003
American Airlines flight 1420 crashed upon landing in Little Rock, AR (USA) in the middle of a severe thunderstorm in 1999.
10 September 2003
On United Airlines flight 811, the cargo door suddenly opens in-flight and tears a portion of the fuselage. The crew attempts landing back in Honolulu.
17 September 2003
AeroPeru flight 603 crashed on a routine flight from Lima to Santiago in 1996, due to a severe failure with the flight instruments.
8 October 2003
Air Transat flight 236 ran out of fuel in-flight over the North Atlantic due to a mysterious leak, forcing the crew to glide to the nearest airfield.
15 October 2003
In January 2000, Alaska Airlines flight 261 crashed off the Californian coastline with no survivors due to, as the title implies, improper maintenance.
22 October 2003
Swissair flight 111 suffered a fire in-flight and crashed while attempting an emergency landing in Halifax in 1998.
Delayed evacuation Saudia 163.
How could the failure of a single instrument cause the crash of one of the world's most sophisticated jetliners?
Season 2, Episode 1: Blow Out2004
The pilot of a British airliner is partially sucked out of the cockpit after his windscreen blows out in flight.
Can a damaged engine bring down a modern multi-engine aircraft? The story of Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight 529.
Air France Flight 8969 has been hijacked. How can the authorities deal with the hijackers and save all passengers on-board?
A DHL cargo plane collides with a Russian passenger jet over southern Germany in 2002.
Season 2, Episode 5: Lost2004
Another proof that a series of small mishaps can amount to one deadly crash. Pilot errors, inoperative ground equipment and arrogance pile on one after another and end in a tragic disaster.
Can a plane fall out of the sky without a single technical problem on-board? Yet another story of communications break-down resulting in a tragic loss of life.
Plane crashes caused by communication breakdowns expose the changes that need to be made to our overburdened air traffic control system.
A 1992 crash in France's Vosges Mountains is examined, detailing the difficulties in finding the downed plane and then finding reasons for the accident.
14 September 2005
Aloha Airlines flight 243, on a routine intra-Hawaii flight, lost a large portion of the fuselage in the spring of 1988.
21 September 2005
An Airbus A300 flying for DHL is struck by a ground-to-air missile on the left wing tip, shortly after take-off from Baghdad. With damage that included loss of all hydraulics, the aircraft crew struggles to land safely.
24 September 2005
Japan Airlines flight 123 veers out of control and crashes in the mountains, becoming the worst air disaster involving a single aircraft in 1985.
Auburn Calloway, a disgruntled ex-employee of the airline, attempted to hijack FedEx flight 705 and crash it into the FedEx HQ in Memphis.
19 October 2005
Iran Air flight 655, a civilian Airbus A310, mistakenly identified as a hostile fighter plane, is shot down by a US Navy Warship in the Middle East in 1988.
A bomb exploded on Philippine Airlines flight 434, killing one passenger and disabling several vital systems on board in 1994.
A helicopter full of oil-rig workers is struck by lightning and goes down in the violent weather of the cold North Sea. How big of a role did the weather play that day?
EgyptAir flight 990 crashes off the coast of Massachusetts on a routine New York-Cairo flight in 1999, initiating a highly controversial investigation.
Aeroflot flight 593, a routine flight, veers out of control and crashes in Russia in 1994, after the Captain lets his son sit in the flight deck.
17 March 2006
In stormy weather, the Express Samina ferry sails in the Aegean Sea. The ferry is on autopilot with no crew member monitoring the ship's course. The waves push the Express Samina off course, it hits a group of rocks and begins taking on water, eventually sinking.
10 July 2006
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961: the pilot is forced to ditch his plane into the ocean after being hijacked and running out of fuel.
16 August 2006
A passenger train and an enormous freight train collide head-on near Hinton, Alberta (Canada) in 1985.
28 March 2007
An Air France airliner overruns the runway while attempting to land at Toronto in bad weather. The plane ends up in a small ravine and starts burning, but all the passengers are quickly and safely evacuated.
While en route from Malaysia to Australia, all four engines off a British Airways 747 fail. Now the crew must divert to Indonesia. Will they make it? And why did the engines fail and left British Airways Flight 9 "Falling from the Sky?"
Season 4, Episode 3: Fire Fight????
Fire breaks out on Air Canada flight 797 at 35,000 feet. Can the crew get the wheels on the ground before the fire consumes the plane?
1 December 2006
Korean Air Flight 801 crashed on a go-around after a missed approach in Guam in 1997. Pilot error and in-op ground equipment played the biggest role in this disaster.
The crash of United Airlines flight 585 and USAir flight 427 puzzles investigators for 10 years until they catch a lucky break which allows them to solve the long over-due puzzle.
A China Airlines passenger jet goes out of control over the Pacific Ocean on a flight to Los Angeles. The extreme forces cause extensive damage to the aircraft, but the pilots regain control and safely land the 747 at San Francisco.
24 May 2007
A badly damaged Aeroméxico DC-9 crashes into a residential neighborhood of Cerritos, California, after being hit by a privately owned Piper light aircraft not seen by the air traffic controller.
Season 4, Episode 8: Fog of War16 May 2007
In 1996, a USAF plane carrying US Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown crashes into a mountain while attempting an instrument approach to a war-torn Dubrovnik Airport in southern Croatia.
Season 4, Episode 9: Vertigo21 June 2007
What brought Flash Flight 604 down? Was it turbulence, technical problem, lightning strike? Or simply the most dreaded factor of them all, the human factor?
12 March 2007
Air traffic controllers lose contact to a Cypriot airliner flying towards Athens, Greece. Two F-16s are scrambled to investigate, but the plane soon crashes into a mountain.
27 April 2006
7 May 2008
It's called a microburst, but the havoc it wreaked on Delta Airlines Flight 191 was anything but minuscule.
16 April 2008
It's one of the most alarming disasters in the history of aviation, not just because of the crash, but why it happened.
14 May 2008
Relive the incredible story of a pilot forced to glide an engineless 767 to safety, from over 26,000 feet in the air.
30 April 2008
See how two unrelated failures combined to create a fatal catastrophe, and changed the history of small plane travel.
21 May 2008
To find the cause of the crash of Flight 295, they had to dig deep...3 miles deep to the floor of the Indian Ocean.
23 April 2008
Torrential rain. Baseball-sized hail. Why did Flight 242 enter this severe storm, and what caused its engines to fail?
9 April 2008
A terrorist's bomb blew up Air India Flight 182, but the biggest crime was that it all could have been prevented.
4 June 2008
There are many factors affecting an aircraft in flight. Any one of them can bring the plane down. But as the investigation reveals yet again, the most common one is the human factor.
28 May 2008
The crash of Eastern Air Lines flight 401 proved yet again that humans are the cause of majority of air crashes. Relying on technology to save their lives, they prove over and over that the smarter their technology, the dumber they get.
11 June 2008
A business jet on a delivery flight from Brazil to the US is shaken by a massive hit over the Amazon rainforest. The pilots manage to land the damaged aircraft, but they soon find out that they had a mid-air collision with a passenger jet.
16 December 2007
This special looked at accidents and incidents where pressurization failure or explosive decompression played a part.
Season 6, Episode 2: Fatal Flaw16 December 2007
This special looked at accidents caused by seemingly minor defects or errors.
2 March 2008
Accidents and incidents where problems with the interface between crew members and onboard avionics were a factor, and the causes of those problems.
16 March 2009
A long and arduous journey of the investigation from the crash backward in time to find the root cause of the crash of Partnair flight 394 to be nothing more than human greed.
1 December 2009
25 May 2002: China Airlines Flight 611, a Boeing 747, broke up in mid-air and crashed into the sea of Formosa Strait, just 20 minutes after taking off from Taipei.
Season 7, Episode 2: Lockerbie2 March 2009
A depiction of the destruction of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and the intense investigation that followed.
On 8 September 1989, Partnair Flight 394 drove into the North Sea, killing 55 people.
2 April 2009
One of the most horrifying mid-air collisions in history happened over India in 1996. Finding the chain of mishaps and unfortunate events is not easy for the investigators.
25 February 2009
An American C-5 Galaxy is flying orphaned Vietnamese babies out of Saigon into safety when things go horribly wrong at 23,000 feet. The investigation uncovers some shady practices and also the heroism of the crew trying to save every life.
14 May 2009
The aircraft, TS-LBB, took off from Bari, Italy, as Flight 1153 at 2:32 p.m. local time, on its return leg to Djerba, Tunisia. At about 3:15 p.m., the pilot alerted the Palermo Punta Raisi airport to technical problems and requested permission for an emergency landing. The right engine stopped at 3:25 p.m., at which point the pilot apparently realized he wouldn't reach Palermo. The left engine cut out at 3:35 p.m. Two minutes later, the aircraft disappeared from Palermo's radar and radio contact was lost.
When a Boeing 737 flies into a storm and crashes into the sea, the investigators cannot believe what actually brought down this very sophisticated aircraft.
16 December 2009
Depicts the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 near Roselawn, IN, an ATR-72 that got caught in icing conditions, and the subsequent investigation.
An Airbus A320, the world's first to rely mainly on computerised controls, crashes as it passes over France's mountainous Alsace region. Rescuers race to locate the survivors and find what went wrong.
1 March 2010
When a survivable emergency on a grounded plane turns deadly, investigators examine what caused the disaster.
15 March 2010
Exploring the crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, immediately after takeoff at Detroit Metro Airport on August 16, 1987.
8 March 2010
First ever crash of the Airbus A320 on June 26, 1988 in Habsheim, France. Air France flight 296.
22 March 2010
The 1991 collision of two planes mistakenly sharing one runway raises concerns about over-crowded airports and overburdened traffic controllers.
29 March 2010
In 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 accidentally enters the Soviet airspace on a flight from the United States to South Korea. The Soviet interceptors shoot down the passenger jet.
Season 9, Episode 6: Snowbound12 April 2010
Two separate flights crash under similar winter conditions. Is there a connection? Could these deaths have been prevented?
5 April 2010
Alternate title: "The Final Blow". An airliner on approach to Strasbourg airport crashed into a hill. Investigation reveals the silent and invisible killer: human factor, yet again.
19 April 2010
A Grumman Mallard seaplane operated by Chalk's Ocean Arways (Flight 101) crashes into the sea shortly after takeoff, becoming the first fatal accident of the operator's 90 years in service.
13 March 2011
On the snowy night of November 24th, 2001, Crossair Flight LX 3597 - an Avro RJ100 regional airliner en route from Berlin - aborts its ILS landing at Zurich Airport and crashes into a wooded hillside, 4km short of the runway.
7 March 2011
In January 2008, British Airways Flight 38, en route from Beijing, loses power to both engines on approach to London's Heathrow Airport, and crash-lands several feet from the runway.
16 March 2011
On December 27th 1991, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751 loses power to both tail-mounted engines minutes after take-off from Stockholm Arlanda airport in Stockholm Sweden, and crashes in a snow-covered field 15 kilometers from the airport.
21 March 2011
On a snowy February 12th, 2009, Continental Connection Flight 3407 - a Bombardier DHC8 - abruptly dropped from the sky, crashing into a house in Buffalo, NY, five miles short of runway 23 at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
7 March 2011
An Airbus A320, US Airways Flight 1549, loses thrust soon after takeoff. The pilot has no choice but take a one-in-a-thousand chance, and manages to land into the Hudson River without a single fatality.
28 February 2011
Turkish Airlines flight 1951 stalled and crashed just short of the runway at Schiphol. The investigators discover a technical failure but it turns out that human factor was to blame afterall.
12 August 2011
TAM Airlines Flight 3054, an Airbus A320 touches down on the known deadly runway 35L of Congonhas-São Paulo Airport in Brazil. Flight 3054 is unable to stop, and slides into a warehouse and gas station, killing 199 people.
19 August 2011
When a packed passenger jet, known for its safety, suddenly plummets to Earth from over 30,000 feet, a small Venezuelan investigative team searches for answers.
26 August 2011
Arrow Flight 1285, carrying 256 people including U.S. service personnel, stalled and crashed minutes after take-off from Gander, Newfoundland on December 12th, 1985.
29 December 2011
Investigate the 1991 crash of commuter plane Continental Express Flight 2574, and see how good intentions went terribly wrong.
29 December 2011
Revisit the 1958 plane crash that destroyed Manchester United's soccer team and left a pilot's reputation in tatters.
29 December 2011
On 9 October 2002, Northwest Airlines flight 85 is cruising at 35,000 feet (10,668 metres) above the Bering Sea on its way to Tokyo, when its lower rudder suddenly deflects to the left.
20 January 2012
On 22 December 1999, Korean Air Cargo flight 8509 departs Stansted Airport, London bound for Milan, but less than a minute after it takes off, the plane crashes and kills all four crew members on board. Air accident investigators have to find out if the plane or crew error is to blame for the disaster.
Season 11, Episode 8: Blind Spot27 January 2012
On 25 September 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines flight 182 collides with a private Cessna 172 piloted by a student on a flying lesson while the Boeing 727 is on approach to Lindbergh Field at San Diego Airport. The impact sends both aircraft crashing into a residential area of San Diego.
3 February 2012
Aviation investigators try to determine what caused a mid-air fire on Nigerian Airways flight 2120, chartered by Canadian airline Nationair, that on 11 July 1991 ultimately caused the death of all 247 passengers and 14 crew on board, the biggest loss of life for any Canadian airline and the worst disaster involving a DC-8.
10 February 2012
See how one man's rage led to two minutes of terror for 42 passengers and crew aboard PSA Flight 1771.
9 March 2012
On 24 May 1988, the pilots of TACA Airlines flight 110 achieve one of the most remarkable deadstick landings in commercial aviation history. Investigators have to determine why the engines of a brand new Boeing 737-300 failed in mid-flight.
23 March 2012
Shocking discoveries come to light after two planes collide on the runway at one of Europe's busiest airports.
13 April 2012
Meet the survivors of 1989's United Airlines Flight 232 and learn the remarkable story of their emergency crash landing.
3 August 2012
When a propeller departs the engine and causes major damage on Reeve Aleutian Airways flight 8, the experienced crew races to save the airplane and its passengers.
10 August 2012
When mysterious cargo boxes ignite on ValuJet flight 592, they bring the whole plane down within a short time. The investigator struggle to find out what kind of cargo could possibly cause such fierce fire to bring a whole plane down.
17 August 2012
The investigators wonder how an airliner in our modern world full of fail-safe features can crash on takeoff with nobody realizing that the pilots have made a horrible mistake.
24 August 2012
When SilkAir flight 185 plunges 35,000 feet into the Musi River in Indonesia, the NTSB has a theory that the Indonesian authorities are not eager to accept.
31 August 2012
Pilot arrogance and macho attitude were the official blame of the crash of TANS Perú flight 204 in severe weather.
24 January 2013
When pilots choose not to follow rules, bad things happen, as this fatal but completely avoidable mid-air collision of United Airlines flight 718 and Trans World Airlines flight 2 proves.
10 May 2013
The ATR twin-turboprop aircraft flying 43 passengers on Santa Bárbara Airlines flight 518, a perfectly good aircraft crashed in the Venezuelan mountains. Series of pilot errors and arrogance are to blame for this preventable tragedy.
19 April 2013
When everybody thinks that human error bringing down a modern airliner is no longer possible, the captain of UA173 proves them all wrong.
26 April 2013
Contrary to popular belief, the famous Russian hockey team was not killed by a drunken crew. But could just one of the officers on deck with a medical deficiency have caused this disaster? Investigators dig deep.
3 May 2013
Ethiopian flight 409's crash could not be attributed to any common reason, mechanical, weather-related or even terrorism. However, the most common and most overlooked reason is lurking in the shadows, quiet and deadly as always.
25 February 2013
When American Airlines flight 191 loses its engine and subsequently crashes into a hangar at Chicago O'Hare airport, the investigators shift the blame from a broken bolt to the airlines' unsafe cost-cutting measures.
17 May 2013
Air France flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean for no good reason. Could it be that the automation systems developed to save lives are the blinding cause of destroying lives in the wrong hands of inexperienced pilots?
27 January 2013
The Polish political delegation, including the president, headed to Russia crashes during an approach to landing in Smolensk. Conspiracy theories fly rampant. But could it have been the politicians' self-importance that killed them all?
28 February 2014
British Airways flight 548 crashes shortly after take off from London Heathrow airport in 1972. Piecing the clues together one by one, the investigation reveals shocking truth.
Season 13, Episode 2: Speed Trap7 March 2014
An unfortunate mid-air collision in 1971 brings sweeping changes to the ATC system in the USA.
Crossair flight 498 crashes shortly after take-off from Zurich. The airplane was in good condition and the pilots had adequate training. Or did they? The investigation takes a dramatic turn when the cockpit voice recorder is retrieved.
21 March 2014
After Air Florida flight 90 crashes on take-off from Washington D.C., it is not easy to find the cause of the accident. It turns out eventually that this was no accident but simple and deadly oversight.
28 March 2013
American Airlines flight 587 drops out of the sky after take-off from JFK airport in New York and plunges into the Queens suburb. The investigators work hard to determine the cause of this tragedy only to find out that it originated in the cockpit after all.
4 April 2014
10 April 2014
When Itavia flight 870 goes missing over the Mediterranean sea, a conspiracy theory of a missile strike surfaces. Was the plane shot down by a Libyan fighter jet?
3 February 2014
On the 27th November 2008, an aircraft on a post-maintenance test flight operating as XL Airways Germany Flight 888T crashes into the Mediterranean Sea off the French coast, killing all seven people on board. Improper cleaning maintenance allowed water to enter the aircraft's angle of attack sensors. At the flight's high altitude, the water froze and caused the sensors to stop working when the crew put the aircraft into a low-speed stall to test the stall warning system.
25 April 2014
A popular Twin Otter aircraft crashes shortly after take-off in Tahiti. A bad maintenance decision and a series of other factors combined together create just the right recipe for disaster.
The biggest passenger jet in the world, the A380, suffers a catastrophic in-flight engine failure. With damaged flight controls and leaking fuel, can the crew return to the airport and land safely? And what happens if they do land the overweight and leaking jet?
9 May 2014
A special showing how people survived certain air crashes and how airline crews are trained to facilitate survival of the passengers.
Lauda air 004 was a767 which broke up in mid air after taking off from Thailand to Vienna Austria .
Varig Flight 254 was a 737 on its way to Belem, Brazil from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Due to pilot error, it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Amazon jungle.
British Midland flight 92 crashed at the edge of the M1 Motorway while attempting to land at East Midlands Airport in England.
While the cargo jet was attempting a landing at Narita Airport in Japan, in gusty winds, it bounced and landed inverted and burning.
28 April 2014
Season 14, Episode 10: First Air????
See how icy conditions, a communication breakdown, and an airline's focus on the bottom line led to disaster - twice.
From shocking crash to startling discoveries, uncover the reasons for the crash of Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101.
Aviation disasters caused by storms are detailed along with the efforts of the FAA to ensure the safety of passengers and crew during inclement weather.
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