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Catastrophic incidents in aviation history are meticulously re-enacted, providing insight into what went wrong and if the crashes and near-disasters could have been prevented. Accounts from survivors combine with cockpit recordings and computer images to weave the gripping tales, and expert testimony reveals the hows and whys behind the events, some of which have resulted in important changes to aviation safety and regulations.

Latest episodes

aired 61 days ago
With the wreckage lost in the Atlantic Ocean, the crash of Air France Flight 447 in 2009 launched one of the toughest disaster investigations of all time.
aired 61 days ago
Experts face a tricky investigation into the crash of TANS Peru Flight 204 after key evidence is looted from the crash site.
aired 61 days ago
SilkAir Flight 185 en route to Singapore crashed into the Musi River in Indonesia after abruptly plunging from its 35,000 feet cruising altitude, killing all 97 passengers on board.
aired 61 days ago
On May 25, 1979, Flight 191 crashes into a trailer park moments after takeoff; 271 people aboard were killed.
aired 68 days ago
When an alarm warns the pilots of Flight 518 that they are dangerously close to the ground, the aircraft suddenly smashes into a mountain.
aired 68 days ago
A look at the frightening crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 in 2010; after ruling out terrorists, investigators came to a highly controversial conclusion.
aired 68 days ago
When Polish President Lech Kaczynski is killed in a plane crash, investigators discover that this was not simply a pilot error.
aired 68 days ago
Investigation into the 2011 air disaster that killed an entire top-flight Russian ice hockey team.
aired 68 days ago
Experts investigate the shocking crash of United Airlines Flight 173 in which all four engines failed resulting in the death of ten people in Oregon.
aired 69 days ago
Following a fatal crash in treacherous conditions at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek airport, investigators make a shocking discovery on the runway.
aired 69 days ago
A ValuJet bursts into flames and crashes in the Florida Everglades which reignites a controversy that rocks the FAA.
aired 69 days ago
Internal US flight loses a propeller 19,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean.
aired 69 days ago
The tragic circumstances surrounding the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 by terrorists.
aired 70 days ago
Adam Air Flight 574 crashes into the Java Sea after leaving Indonesia on New Year's Day 2007.
aired 75 days ago
Investigators discover a shocking mistake when pilots must ditch their plane in the Mediterranean, killing 14 of the 34 passengers.
aired 75 days ago
British Airways' flight number 38 suffers from double engine failure and crashes near Heathrow in 2008.
aired 75 days ago
Minutes before they're scheduled to land in Zurich, the pilots of a routine passenger flight can't find the runway. They abort and power up the engines in order to climb, but they are too late.
aired 75 days ago
A design flaw sends American Eagle Flight 41-84 smashing into a cornfield outside of Chicago, killing all 68 people on board.
aired 77 days ago
Saudi Airways and Kazakhstan Airlines jets hit each other at 14,000 feet sending both planes spiraling to the ground.
aired 82 days ago
Tragic story from the Vietnam War when over 250 children, who were being airlifted to safety on a US Air Force C5A Galaxy, died in a mysterious explosion.
aired 82 days ago
In September 1989, Partnair Flight 394 crashed into the sea killing all 55 people on board.

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