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Statistically, traveling by airplane is safer than driving and other forms of transportation, but when something goes wrong during a flight, it can be catastrophic with potentially hundreds of lives at stake. This series examines some of the world's worst air disasters, using official reports, transcripts and interviews with people involved to tell the stories of midair mishaps and discover what went wrong in each case. Episodes include a discussion of how the weather affects flights -- including stories of aviation disasters and near-misses -- and a New Year's Eve flight that fell from the sky into the Florida Everglades.

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When Germanwings Flight 9525 crashes in the French Alps, investigators discover shocking truths about the co-pilot's mental health.
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A Colorado commuter flight crashes five miles short of the runway, and the reasons why rock the airline industry.
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The crash of a commuter flight to Detroit leads investigators to a cause the industry has known about for years.
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The pairing of a domineering pilot and an inexperienced first officer has deadly consequences in northern Minnesota.
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The FBI and NTSB join forces to determine how terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 and flew it into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
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The crew of a commuter flight over France makes a sightseeing detour that sets off a deadly chain of events.
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After a seemingly routine landing, a Boeing 737 erupts in flames, putting 165 debarking passengers and crew in jeopardy.
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Two 747s collide on the runway of a small airport in the Canary Islands, resulting in history's deadliest air crash.
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Investigators try to figure out why a private Learjet carrying golf legend Payne Stewart went rogue before crashing in a South Dakota hayfield.
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The inside story of one of history's most infamous and complex investigations: the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.
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When a cargo plane crashes at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan, investigators reach a conclusion that ultimately proves incorrect.
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A plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes just ten miles from the airport in 2016.
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A new investigation sheds light on the controversial 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld.
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Atlantic Airways Flight 670 careened off the runway and became engulfed in flames.
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When the crash of a commuter plane in Georgia killed a NASA astronaut, a four-term U.S. senator and 21 others, the disaster grabbed headlines around the world.
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Almost immediately after taking off from Madrid International Airport, Spanair Flight 5022 banked to the right, slammed into a creek and burst into flames.
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A captain's decision leads to a deadly stall over the Java Sea.
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Pilots attempt to land their Boeing 737 in an Indonesian river after losing their engines and electrical power.
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A quick trip from Washington D.C. to Ohio in 1994 turns deadly when pilots of a twin-engine turboprop attempt a risky landing.
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An investigation into a jet crash from 2008 leads to a drastic change into the Russian aviation system.
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A passenger plane veers off the runway in Denver sparking an investigation into the airport's proximity to the Rocky Mountains.

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