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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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After getting lost in a storm, a plane crash-lands in Guam.
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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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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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A plane crash lands in Guam after losing sight of the airport in a storm.
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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 examination of the crash over the Red Sea in January 2004.
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A mechanical problem aboard an Air Canada plane turns into an all-out emergency six miles in the air.
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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 Colorado commuter flight crashes five miles short of the runway, and the reasons why rock the airline industry.
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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 U.S. military plane crashes in Croatia in 1996.
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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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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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A 1986 midair crash between planes near Los Angeles brings attention to disturbing congestion at airports.
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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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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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