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.** Harrowing stories of tragedy and triumph in the sky are brought to life through official reports and interviews with flight crews, investigators, 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 control room to the crash scene, we uncover what went wrong, then reveal what’s been done to ensure these disasters never happen again.
**THIS IS A SEASON PASS (PRE-ORDER) PURCHASE. NEW EPISODES FOR THIS SEASON WILL AUTOMATICALLY APPEAR IN YOUR LIBRARY AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.** Harrowing stories of tragedy and triumph in the sky are brought to life through official reports and interviews with flight crews, investigators, 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 control room to the crash scene, we uncover what went wrong, then reveal what’s been done to ensure these disasters never happen again.

Season 13 (7 episodes)

  • 1. Deadly Descent

    Original air date: 09/08/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min.

    Original air date: 09/08/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min. Just twenty minutes from touching down in Hong Kong from Indonesia, a sudden engine malfunction transforms an airbus A330 into a 200-ton glider. The plane appears destined to ditch into the South China Sea unless the captain can come up with a better plan. Miraculously, he does. Witness the emergency landing of Cathay Pacific Flight 780, and hear from the pilots and crew who somehow found a way to beat the odds and save the lives of all 322 people on board.

  • 2. Death Race

    Original air date: 09/15/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min.

    Original air date: 09/15/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min. Legendary pilot Jimmy Leeward is determined to make news at the 2011 Reno Air Races by pushing his World War II fighter to a world-breaking speed of 500 MPH. He succeeds, but at a tragic cost. Mid-race, Leeward loses control of his plane and crashes, killing himself and ten air show spectators. Witness the shocking crash and aftermath captured on video, then follow the 11-month investigation, which revealed a careless interpretation of the race rules that would lead to changes, demanding better flight testing of highly modified aircraft.

  • 3. Fatal Approach

    Original air date: 09/22/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min.

    Original air date: 09/22/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min. Moments after takeoff from Amsterdam, pilots of a KLM dual turboprop report an engine problem and head back to the airport. But seconds before touchdown, the plane banks sharply and crashes into a field next to the runway. Investigators face intense pressure to find out what happened, but answers are hard to come by. Careful examination of the evidence only deepens the mystery, until data recorder findings and research into the pilots’ training records point examiners towards the reason for the disaster.

  • 4. Borderline Tactics

    Original air date: 09/29/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min.

    Original air date: 09/29/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min. Firefighters preparing for a practice drill at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay are interrupted by an explosion. They look up to discover an American cargo plane in flames near the Cuban border. Remarkably, the three-man crew is still alive, but barely. When investigators study the duty rosters and log books for the 72 hours leading up to the accident, they uncover a culprit that threatens the lives of cargo pilots everywhere.

  • 5. Deadly Pitch

    Original air date: 10/06/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min.

    Original air date: 10/06/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min. Seconds after takeoff, a cargo plane transporting 87,000 pounds of denim pitches up before slamming to the ground, careening across a freeway, and plowing into a building. Hundreds of people in the city of Miami witness the catastrophe, but none of the accounts help investigators determine whether the DC-8’s erratic path was the result of mechanical failure, pilot error, or both. Witness the fiery crash and follow the complex inquiry that reveals a cascading series of events, including a cover-up, that ultimately dooms a cargo airline.

  • 6. Fatal Climb

    Original air date: 10/13/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min.

    Original air date: 10/13/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min. How could a state-of-the-art airbus A-310, flown by two excellent pilots, crash less than two minutes after takeoff? Romanian investigators call in the FBI to determine if the crash of Tarom Flight 371 was a terrorist act, but the cockpit recording reveals the true reason for the disaster. Follow the tragic accident, from takeoff to its nosedive into a field just two miles from the airport, and see how zero visibility, a malfunctioning throttle, and a tragedy in the cockpit doomed the commercial jet.

  • 7. Runway Runoff

    Original air date: 10/20/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min.

    Original air date: 10/20/2019 Runtime: 44:01 min. Continental Airlines Flight 1404 is prepped for departure from Denver facing a moderate breeze and light wintery conditions. The Boeing 737 is bound for Houston, but before takeoff, the aircraft suddenly careens off the runway, crashes, and bursts into flame. Miraculously, all 115 aboard survive, but investigators worry about a similar accident happening again. The 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner in history, and if there’s a flaw in the design of the plane, the next crash could be imminent.