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 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 being 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 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 being done to ensure these atrocities never happen again.

Season 8 (10 episodes)

  • 1. Choosing Sides

    Original air date: 10/16/2016 Runtime: 44:11 min.

    Original air date: 10/16/2016 Runtime: 44:11 min. One of the worst crashes in British history has a stunning cause that changed aviation safety forever.

  • 2. Testing the Limits

    Original air date: 10/23/2016 Runtime: 44:11 min.

    Original air date: 10/23/2016 Runtime: 44:11 min. What caused a 767 to break apart in mid-air? A world-famous race car driver discovers a surprising answer.

  • 3. Vanishing Act

    Original air date: 10/30/2016 Runtime: 44:11 min.

    Original air date: 10/30/2016 Runtime: 44:11 min. After a terrifying crash, survivors face a new challenge: surviving the remote Brazilian jungle.

  • 4. Sideswiped

    Original air date: 01/08/2017 Runtime: 44:12 min.

    Original air date: 01/08/2017 Runtime: 44:12 min. Relive the crash of Copa Airlines Flight 201 and the harrowing investigation in one of the world’s most remote jungles.

  • 5. The Final Push

    Original air date: 01/15/2017 Runtime: 44:12 min.

    Original air date: 01/15/2017 Runtime: 44:12 min. See if two MD-11 planes crashes, nearly 12 years apart, were both the result of pilot error or a flaw in the aircraft itself.

  • 6. The Death of JFK Jr.

    Original air date: 01/22/2017 Runtime: 44:12 min.

    Original air date: 01/22/2017 Runtime: 44:12 min. Relive one of the most shocking air disasters in American history as we revisit the 1999 crash that killed JFK Jr.

  • 7. Concorde – Up in Flames

    Original air date: 01/29/2017 Runtime: 44:05 min.

    Original air date: 01/29/2017 Runtime: 44:05 min. Follow investigators as they use the few remaining pieces of a fiery crash to explain a Concorde’s doomed flight.

  • 8. Accident or Assassination

    Original air date: 02/12/2017 Runtime: 44:10 min.

    Original air date: 02/12/2017 Runtime: 44:10 min. When a government-chartered Learjet crashes into Mexico City, drug cartels are suspected, but there’s more to the story.

  • 9. No Clear Options

    Original air date: 02/19/2017 Runtime: 44:02 min.

    Original air date: 02/19/2017 Runtime: 44:02 min. Follow Irish examiners as they look beyond the fog of Cork Airport to find the real reason why a commuter plane crashed.

  • 10. Death in the Arctic

    Original air date: 02/26/2017 Runtime: 44:01 min.

    Original air date: 02/26/2017 Runtime: 44:01 min. Revisit the remarkable story of First Air Flight 6560, involving a mysterious crash and an unbelievable rescue effort.