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.
Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509 crashes shortly after take off from London Stansted Airport on December 22, 1999.
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A poisonous cockpit may have caused the 1972 crash of British European Airlines Flight 548.
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Following three air crash investigations in which examiners are pushed to the limit to crack the cases.
SAS Flight 686 takes off from Milan's Linate Airport and moments later collides with a Cessna on the runway.
Pilots of TACA Flight 110 make a remarkable landing on a narrow levee, but investigators must find out why the engines in a brand new plane failed.
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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An anonymous tip helps uncover the cause of a cargo plane crash in Miami.
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When a DC-8 cargo jet crashes on approach to a U.S. naval base in Guantanamo, investigators wonder if Cuba played a role.
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A look at commercial flights that ended in disaster because of suicidal pilots.
The crash of a commuter flight to Detroit leads investigators to a cause the industry has known about for years.
Near the end of its flight, Continental Express Flight 2574 suffers wing damage and goes into a dive falling out of the sky.
Arrow Air Flight 1285 with 248 American soldiers on board crashes seconds after refueling in Newfoundland.
A Northwest Airlines flight cruises above the Bering Sea before problems develop and pilots must make an emergency landing in Anchorage.
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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Air accident survival stories; keeping passengers and crews alive when disaster strikes.
Moments before Pacific Southwest Flight 1771 crashes on a cattle ranch in California, gunshots are heard in the cabin.
A plane with members of the Manchester United football team crashes while heading home from Yugoslavia, killing 23 aboard.
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A false warning in the cockpit triggers a series of pilot errors, sending a commuter plane crashing by the runway of an Amsterdam airport.
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When a modified WWII fighter plane crashes into the crowd at a Nevada air show, investigators struggle to find the cause.
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A look at three commercial planes that became targets over the Sinai Desert, the Sea of Japan, and Ukraine.
The pairing of a domineering pilot and an inexperienced first officer has deadly consequences in northern Minnesota.
Advanced computer graphics, forensic science, eyewitness accounts, interviews with experts, archival footage and re-enactments piece together in great detail the events that led to some of the biggest disasters of modern time.
To soar through the skies is a dream. Modern technology has allowed human beings to take to the skies and while plane crashes are rare, there's still the issue of near misses. These technological advances are capturing these near misses on camera and cockpit recordings to provide insight as to the terror they can cause. See how pilot errors, technical failures, massive storms and small mistakes can place passengers into life or death situations and the why of these incidents and how to prevent them from reoccurring.
Taking to the sky in an airplane can be dangerous when the weather doesn't cooperate. This documentary series investigates aviation accidents and how the elements contributed to them. Interviews with witnesses and survivors, testimony by experts, and data from the plane's black box aid in exploring each incident. The FAA's case files are used to create animations to diagram what happened before each crash. Fog, haze and hail are some of the weather conditions responsible for the disasters.
This documentary series focuses on extreme construction projects -- be they the biggest, tallest, longest or deepest in the world -- and the machines used to create extraordinary structures. Episodes include the people responsible for the cutting-edge design and engineering of each build, talking about how concept transformed to reality. The processes that go into staffing and operating the modern marvels once they are completed are also covered.