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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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The inside story of one of history's most infamous and complex investigations: the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.
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An Italian passenger plane is blown out of the sky.
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On July 11, 1991, the crew of Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 unsuccessfully tries to return to the airport after a burst tire creates an in-flight fire which causes 247 Nigerian pilgrims and 14 crew to perish.
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The 2013 crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco shocks the nation.
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A runway collision at a small airport turns tragic when passengers cannot escape the burning aircraft.
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An investigation of a charter plane that moves off course and goes down in Canada's far north.
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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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Hugo, a Category 5 hurricane, threatens to rip a plane apart.
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Near the end of its flight, Continental Express Flight 2574 suffers wing damage and goes into a dive falling out of the sky.
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A plane crash in New York just two months after 9/11.
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A Northwest Airlines flight cruises above the Bering Sea before problems develop and pilots must make an emergency landing in Anchorage.
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Atlantic Airways Flight 670 careened off the runway and became engulfed in flames.
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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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When a commercial airliner goes down in eastern Ukraine in 2014, examiners must conduct an investigation in the middle of a war zone.
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A seven-minute island-hop from Moorea to Tahiti ends in disaster.
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The dashcam of a passing car captures stunning footage of the final moments of a Taiwanese commuter aircraft as it banks steeply, clips an elevated highway and nosedives into the river; investigators find no signs of pre-impact malfunction.
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When an airbus A330 loses both engines, its pilots must think of a solution before they crash into the South China Sea.
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A plane plunges into the frozen Potomac River in 1982.
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A shocking look at the fate of United Airlines Flight 232 which crashed into Sioux City's runway in 1989 causing a subsequent explosion that left 111 people dead.
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When a commuter turboprop plane crashes at an Irish airport, investigators uncover a startling gap in aviation safety.
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A plane carrying Mexico's interior minister crashes into Mexico City's financial district.

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