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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 computer images to weave these gripping tales, and expert testimony reveals the hows and whys behind these events, some of which have resulted in important changes to aviation safety and regulations.

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Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 crashes as it approaches Schiphol Airport.
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United Airlines Flight 1549 loses thrust after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport after colliding with a flock of birds.
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A Continental Connections plane stalls and crashes into a suburban home on its approach to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
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Both engines of Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751 fail upon takeoff in winter conditions.
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British Airways Flight 38 sustains double engine failure and crashes on Heathrow Airport's tarmac.
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A look into the past helps determine the cause of the crash of Crossair Flight 3597 as it approached Zurich.
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A twin-engine plane crashes while circling O'Hare in bad weather; ice on the wings is the cause.
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Poor maintenance and crew training dooms Adam Air Flight 574 which disappears over the Java Sea.
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The worst mid-air collision in aviation history involves Saudi Airways and Kazakhstan Airlines.
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A turbo prop plane is forced to land in the sea; criminal charges are filed for a faulty fuel gauge.
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Investigators are stumped when China Airlines Flight 611 disappears from radar and all 225 passengers and crew are killed.
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Partnair Flight 94, a charter from Oslo to Hamburg, crashes into the sea and kills all 55 people on board.
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President Gerald Ford orders a mercy rescue of Vietnamese orphans, but shortly after takeoff the plane crashes killing 250 children.
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The destruction of a 747 and 270 deaths is caused by a pound of explosives on a Pan Am flight.

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