Air Disasters

Air Disasters

Harrowing stories of tragedy and triumph are brought to life through official reports, transcripts and interviews with the pilots, air traffic controllers and lucky survivors of history’s most terrifying crashes. Widely considered to be the safest form of travel, air transportation is still in its infancy and when midair calamity strikes, the results are often catastrophic. From the cockpit to the cabin, from the control room to the crash scene, we uncover what went wrong, then reveal what’s been done to ensure these atrocities never happen again.
Harrowing stories of tragedy and triumph are brought to life through official reports, transcripts and interviews with the pilots, air traffic controllers and lucky survivors of history’s most terrifying crashes. Widely considered to be the safest form of travel, air transportation is still in its infancy and when midair calamity strikes, the results are often catastrophic. From the cockpit to the cabin, from the control room to the crash scene, we uncover what went wrong, then reveal what’s been done to ensure these atrocities never happen again.

Season 9 (10 episodes)

  • 1. Fatal Transmission

    Original air date: 03/10/2017 Runtime: 44:09 min.

    Original air date: 03/10/2017 Runtime: 44:09 min. What caused the fiery collision at Quincy Regional Airport between United Express 5925 and another small plane?

  • 2. Terror in San Francisco

    Original air date: 03/17/2017 Runtime: 44:09 min.

    Original air date: 03/17/2017 Runtime: 44:09 min. The crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco shook the world and the investigation proved to be just as dramatic.

  • 3. High Rise Catastrophe

    Original air date: 10/15/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min.

    Original air date: 10/15/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min. Follow the investigation of the controversial crash of an El Al 747 into a high-rise Amsterdam apartment complex.

  • 4. Fatal Focus

    Original air date: 10/22/2017 Runtime: 44:09 min.

    Original air date: 10/22/2017 Runtime: 44:09 min. Investigate the crash of Garuda Flight 200, which hit the runway 100 mph too fast, claiming the lives of 21 people.

  • 5. Fatal Delivery

    Original air date: 10/29/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min.

    Original air date: 10/29/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min. Witness the desperate attempt to land UPS Flight 6 after its cargo catches fire in the skies over Dubai.

  • 6. Carnage in Sao Paolo

    Original air date: 11/05/2017 Runtime: 44:11 min.

    Original air date: 11/05/2017 Runtime: 44:11 min. Join the investigation to see what caused a plane to slam into a Sao Paulo neighborhood just 25 seconds after takeoff.

  • 7. Deadly Delay

    Original air date: 11/12/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min.

    Original air date: 11/12/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min. Revisit the 2008 crash of a MD-82 aircraft as it happened, and the chain of events that led to the disaster.

  • 8. Steep Impact

    Original air date: 11/19/2017 Runtime: 44:11 min.

    Original air date: 11/19/2017 Runtime: 44:11 min. Revisit the crash and investigation of a commuter plane that claimed the lives of a NASA astronaut and a former senator.

  • 9. Edge of Disaster

    Original air date: 11/26/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min.

    Original air date: 11/26/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min. See how a slick runway, a mechanical failure, and a design flaw sent a Norwegian plane off the runway and down a cliff.

  • 10. Deadly Mission

    Original air date: 12/03/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min.

    Original air date: 12/03/2017 Runtime: 44:08 min. Investigate the case of the mysterious 1961 plane crash in the Congo that claimed the life of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld.