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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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SAS Flight 686 takes off from Milan's Linate Airport and moments later collides with a Cessna on the runway.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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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Arrow Air Flight 1285 with 248 American soldiers on board crashes seconds after refueling in Newfoundland.
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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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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.
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Moments before Pacific Southwest Flight 1771 crashes on a cattle ranch in California, gunshots are heard in the cabin.
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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.
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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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