Air Disasters

Air Disasters

**THIS IS A SEASON PASS (PRE-ORDER) PURCHASE. NEW EPISODES FOR THIS SEASON WILL AUTOMATICALLY APPEAR IN YOUR LIBRARY AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.** A high-tech turboprop struck by a million volts of lightning over the North Sea. A deadly maintenance error on one of the world's newest airliners. A midair explosion that nearly sucks a passenger from a window. Every plane accident comes with its own unique cause and its own unique outcome. And when these disasters strike, it's up to investigators to find out exactly what happened, and why. This season, we examine ten new air incidents, brought to life through witness accounts, interviews with experts, and dramatic reenactments.
**THIS IS A SEASON PASS (PRE-ORDER) PURCHASE. NEW EPISODES FOR THIS SEASON WILL AUTOMATICALLY APPEAR IN YOUR LIBRARY AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.** A high-tech turboprop struck by a million volts of lightning over the North Sea. A deadly maintenance error on one of the world's newest airliners. A midair explosion that nearly sucks a passenger from a window. Every plane accident comes with its own unique cause and its own unique outcome. And when these disasters strike, it's up to investigators to find out exactly what happened, and why. This season, we examine ten new air incidents, brought to life through witness accounts, interviews with experts, and dramatic reenactments.

Season 16 (3 episodes)

  • 1. North Sea Nightmare

    Original air date: 04/25/2021 Runtime: 44:02 min.

    Original air date: 04/25/2021 Runtime: 44:02 min. On a challenging descent into the Staring down a thunderstorm en route to the Shetland Islands, a modern turboprop is struck by a blinding bolt of lightning. Suddenly, the plane plunges towards the North Sea at 350 MPH. The pilots barely regain control of the aircraft but must race to the nearest airport immediately before it nosedives again. Witness the harrowing flight of Logan Air Flight 6780 and follow investigators as they struggle to explain how a lightning strike, which planes are designed to withstand, could have caused the turboprop to behave the way it did.

  • 2. Playing Catch Up

    Original air date: 05/02/2021 Runtime: 44:02 min.

    Original air date: 05/02/2021 Runtime: 44:02 min. A private jet begins its final approach to Akron Fulton International Airport... but it never arrives. During the descent, the pilots lose control of their plane and slam into an apartment building less than two miles from the runway, instantly killing all nine people on board. The NTSB must determine the cause this fatal accident, but investigators searching the wreckage find few clues. It's only after a close examination of radar data and the cockpit recording that they uncover a series of tragic mistakes.

  • 3. Tragic Takeoff

    Original air date: 05/09/2021 Runtime: 44:02 min.

    Original air date: 05/09/2021 Runtime: 44:02 min. On an early morning takeoff in Kentucky, two experienced pilots struggle to get their regional jet airborne. They finally run out of runway and crash into a nearby field, killing all but one of the 50 people aboard. NTSB Investigators try to piece together what went wrong but end up with more questions than answers. It's only after retracing Comair Flight 5191's taxi route and listening to the cockpit recorder that they uncover a series of missteps that caused the pilots to lose track of their position on their way to the runway.