Air Crash Investigation

Canadian documentary television programme

Air Crash Investigation (or just Mayday in some countries), is a Canadian documentary television program examining air crashes, near-crashes, hijackings, bombings, and other disasters.[1]

Air Crash Investigation
Genre
Created byAndré Barro
Narrated by
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons24
No. of episodes210
Production
Running time45 minutes
Production companyCineflix Productions
Original release
NetworkDiscovery Channel Canada
Release3 September 2003 (2003-09-03) –
present

Throughout the episodes, the victims or relatives and friends of the victims are interviewed adding more information about the cases with their relatives. Additionally, retired aviation experts, pilots and researchers are interviewed about the tests and explain how these emergencies occurred and how they could have been prevented.

Episodes change

Note: Episodes are ordered by their production number, not by their original air date.

Season 1 (2003) change

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11"Unlocking Disaster"United Airlines Flight 81110 September 2003 (2003-09-10)

On 24 February 1989, part of the right-side fuselage of United Airlines Flight 811 rips off, ejecting nine people from the aircraft and causing explosive decompression. The flight later lands safely at Honolulu without any more loss of life. It was later determined that an electrical short circuit caused the cargo door to open.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-100
22"Racing the Storm"American Airlines Flight 14203 September 2003 (2003-09-03)

On 1 June 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420 tries to land at the Little Rock National Airport during a storm, but overruns the runway, killing 11 people. The crash was caused by the crew not arming the spoilers during their pre-landing checks.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-82
33"Fire on Board"Swissair Flight 11122 October 2003 (2003-10-22)

On 2 September 1998, a fire breaks out on Swissair Flight 111 while in flight, damaging vital systems and causing the aircraft to crash into the Atlantic Ocean off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, with no survivors. The fire was caused by faulty wiring in the on-board first-class and business-class entertainment systems.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-11
44"Flying Blind"Aeroperú Flight 60317 September 2003 (2003-09-17)

On 2 October 1996, shortly after take off, the crew of Aeroperú Flight 603 are confused by false speed and altitude readings and contradictory warnings from the aircraft's air data system. In preparation for an emergency landing, the crew descend the aircraft, but unknowingly descend too far by relying on the false readings. The Boeing 757 crashes into the Pacific Ocean, killing everyone on board. The false readings and contradictory warnings were caused by duct tape over the static ports, which was used to protect the ports during maintenance, but was not removed afterwards.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 757-200
55"Cutting Corners"Alaska Airlines Flight 26115 October 2003 (2003-10-15)

On 31 January 2000, Alaska Airlines Flight 261's trimmable horizontal stabilizer jams and breaks from its control system. The aircraft dives inverted into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 on board. The stabilizer failed due to an improperly maintained jackscrew assembly. (This crash is later explored in the Season 22 episode 'Pacific Plunge').


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-83
66"Flying on Empty"Air Transat Flight 2368 October 2003 (2003-10-08)

On 24 August 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel while flying over the Atlantic Ocean. The pilots glide the aircraft to a safe landing at a naval base in the Azores. Improper maintenance work allowed a hydraulic line and a fuel line to rub together, resulting in a subsequent fuel line fracture and a leak.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A330-200

Season 2 (2005) change

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71"Blow Out"British Airways Flight 539023 January 2005 (2005-01-23)

On 10 June 1990, a cockpit window on British Airways Flight 5390 blows out, partially ejecting and injuring the captain through the hole. A member of the cabin crew clings to his legs as the co-pilot completes an emergency landing without any deaths. The captain is found to be still alive after being outside the cockpit for 21 minutes. The blowout was caused by a maintenance worker installing incorrectly sized bolts during maintenance work.


Type of aircraft: BAC 1-11 528FL
82"A Wounded Bird"Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 52930 January 2005 (2005-01-30)

On 21 August 1995, a blade on the left-side propeller of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 breaks off. The imbalance of the rotating propeller causes the engine to partly tear itself from its mounting, creating excessive drag. The aircraft rapidly loses altitude and crashes, killing nine people. Chlorine deposits in the blade led to the development of corrosion pits and fatigue cracks, causing it to weaken and break.


Type of aircraft: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
93"The Killing Machine"Air France Flight 89696 February 2005 (2005-02-06)

On 24 December 1994, Air France Flight 8969 is hijacked on the ground at Algiers Airport. The four terrorists demand the aircraft be allowed to depart for Paris so they can blow up the aircraft over the Eiffel Tower, but the Algerian Army blocks the aircraft with vehicles and refuse to allow it to take off. Unable to carry out their plans, the terrorists kill three passengers over the next two days. The aircraft is then cleared to take off, but the crew diverts to Marseille Provence Airport. The hostage rescue team of the French Gendarmerie storms the aircraft, and after a gun battle in the cabin, the hijackers are killed, while everyone else survives.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B2
104"Deadly Crossroads"2002 Überlingen mid-air collision13 February 2005 (2005-02-13)

On 1 July 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 collides with DHL Flight 611 in German airspace near Überlingen, killing all 71 people on board the two aircraft. The crew of Flight 611 followed the on-board traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) instructions to initiate a descent. However, the crew of Flight 2937 followed the instructions of the air traffic controller instead of their TCAS and initiated a descent as well. Only one air traffic controller was on duty (covering two boards) for that block of airspace at the time of the collision—his co-worker was on his coffee break.


Type of aircraft: Flight 2937: Tupolev Tu-154M; Flight 611: Boeing 757-200PF
115"Lost"American Airlines Flight 96520 February 2005 (2005-02-20)

On 20 December 1995, American Airlines Flight 965 is en route to Cali, Colombia. The crew are asked if they would like to perform a straight-in approach to Cali. The pilots accept the offer, but as they are making the necessary changes, they inadvertently delete the waypoints from the flight plan in their flight management system, causing them to lose certainty of their exact position. Their mistakes cause the aircraft to fly into a mountain near Buga. Only four passengers and a dog survive.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 757-200
126"Missing over New York"Avianca Flight 5227 February 2005 (2005-02-27)

On 25 January 1990, Avianca Flight 52 is delayed numerous times by bad weather en route and is dangerously low on fuel as it attempts a landing at New York City. Wind shear forces the crew to abort the approach just one mile from the runway. They initiate a go-around, but are directed back into a holding pattern by air traffic controllers who are unaware of the low fuel situation. The Boeing 707 then runs out of fuel, causing it to crash on Long Island.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 707-320B

Season 3 (2005) change

Note: This is the first season produced in high definition, according to Cineflix.[source?]

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131"Hanging by a Thread"Aloha Airlines Flight 24314 September 2005 (2005-09-14)

On 28 April 1988, the upper half of the front fuselage of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 tears off, blowing out a flight attendant. The aircraft subsequently lands safely at Kahului, Hawaii. The fuselage failed from corrosion damage and improperly-repaired fatigue cracks.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200
142"Attack over Baghdad"2003 Baghdad DHL attempted shootdown incident21 September 2005 (2005-09-21)

On 22 November 2003, a surface-to-air missile is launched at a DHL Airbus A300, exploding the left wing and causing a massive loss of hydraulic fluid which immobilizes the flight control surfaces. The crew flies the aircraft by changing the engines' thrust for control and make a safe landing 16 minutes later.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B4-200F
153"Out of Control"Japan Airlines Flight 12328 September 2005 (2005-09-28)

On 12 August 1985, the aft pressure bulkhead bursts on a Boeing 747SR operating as Japan Airlines Flight 123, destroying the vertical stabilizer and severing all four of the aircraft's hydraulic systems. The crew keep the aircraft flying for 32 minutes until it clips Mount Takamagahara and crashes, killing all but four of the 524 people on board. The accident was caused by a faulty repair to the bulkhead after a much-earlier tailstrike incident.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747SR
164"Fight for Your Life"Federal Express Flight 7055 October 2005 (2005-10-05)

On 7 April 1994, Auburn Calloway, a disgruntled employee, attempts to hijack Federal Express Flight 705 armed with hammers and a speargun. Despite sustaining serious injuries, the crew successfully subdues Calloway and returns the aircraft safely to Memphis International Airport.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F
175"Bomb on Board"Philippine Airlines Flight 43412 October 2005 (2005-10-12)

On 11 December 1994, a bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434 on the second leg of a service from Manila to Tokyo via Cebu City, killing a passenger, injuring many people and damaging some of the aircraft's control systems. The crew successfully lands the aircraft at Naha Airport in Okinawa. Subsequent investigation determined that Ramzi Yousef, a terrorist, smuggled the bomb aboard the aircraft on the first leg of its flight.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B
186"Mistaken Identity"Iran Air Flight 65519 October 2005 (2005-10-19)

On 3 July 1988, during the Iran–Iraq War, the USS Vincennes launches missiles which bring down Iran Air Flight 655, killing all 290 people on board. The crew of the Vincennes claimed that they mistook the airliner for an Iranian Air Force Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter, but Iran believes that the US deliberately shot it down.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B2-200
197"Helicopter Down"Bristow Helicopters Flight 56C26 October 2005 (2005-10-26)

On 19 January 1995, lightning damages the tail rotor of Bristow Helicopters Flight 56C, forcing the crew to perform an emergency autorotation to a ditching in the sea. Despite the rough sea conditions, the 16 oil rig workers and 2 pilots are rescued by nearby ships.


Type of aircraft: Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma
208"Death and Denial"EgyptAir Flight 9902 November 2005 (2005-11-02)

On 31 October 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from New York City to Cairo, killing all 217 people on board. The cause of the crash is disputed: the Egyptian government claims that the crash was caused by a mechanical failure with the elevators, but the US government claims the aircraft was deliberately crashed by the Relief First Officer Gameel Al-Batouti.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER
219"Runaway Train"San Bernardino train disaster (SP 7551 East)30 November 2005 (2005-11-30)

On 12 May 1989, a 69-car freight train goes out of control while descending from California's Cajon Pass. It derails in a residential neighbourhood of San Bernardino after reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). Two residents and two train crew members are killed in the initial crash. More than a week later, an underground gasoline pipeline, damaged by earth-moving equipment during the post-crash clean-up, ruptures and sparks a fire that kills another two people. Clerks in Mojave had greatly underestimated the train's weight, and it had been assembled without enough locomotives to provide adequate braking. Additionally, several of the engines' brakes were completely inoperative, but this information was not passed on to the crews.

Note: This episode is labeled as a Crash Scene Investigation spin-off.


Type of train: Sixty-nine freight cars pulled by six locomotives (freight train)
2210"Kid in the Cockpit"Aeroflot Flight 5939 November 2005 (2005-11-09)

On 23 March 1994, Aeroflot Flight 593 stalls and crashes while en route to Hong Kong, killing all 75 people on board. The pilot's 15-year-old son accidentally disabled the autopilot while in the captain's seat, causing the aircraft to bank heavily to the right, inducing the stall.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A310-300
2311"Collision Course"The MS Express Samina sinking23 November 2005 (2005-11-23)

On 26 September 2000, waves push the MS Express Samina off course, causing it to hit a group of rocks off Paros and sink, killing 80 people. Subsequent investigation showed that the ferry was on autopilot, with the crew not monitoring the ship's course. They were instead watching an association football match.

Note: This episode is labeled as a Crash Scene Investigation spin-off.


Type of ship: Passenger ferry (MS Express Samina)
2412"Head On Collision"Hinton train collision16 November 2005 (2005-11-16)

On 8 February 1986, a Via Rail passenger train and a 118-car Canadian National Railway freight train collide, killing 23 people. The freight train crew did not stop at a red railway signal on a section of a passing loop. An inquiry concluded that a "railroader culture", which prized loyalty and productivity at the expense of safety, had resulted in a tired and sick crew of three, including an engineer at extreme risk of a stroke or heart attack, to either fall asleep or be otherwise incapacitated, failing to stop the freight train.

Note: This episode is labeled as a Crash Scene Investigation spin-off.


Type of train: Via Rail passenger train (FP9A and F9B locomotives); 118-car freight train (one EMD GP38-2 and two EMD SD40 locomotives)
2513"Ocean Landing"Ethiopian Airlines Flight 9617 December 2005 (2005-12-07)

On 23 November 1996, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 is forced to ditch after running out of fuel. The aircraft breaks up as the wings hit the water, killing 125 people. The aircraft had been hijacked and ran out of fuel because the hijackers did not believe the pilot's insistence that there was not enough fuel aboard to make it to the hijackers' planned destination, Australia.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-200ER

Season 4 (2007) change

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261"Desperate Escape"Air France Flight 35815 April 2007 (2007-04-15)

On 2 August 2005, Air France Flight 358 overruns the runway, travels through the airport perimeter fence and plunges down a small ravine while attempting to land in a storm. All 309 passengers and crew survive. The causes of the crash were the aircraft deviating above the required approach path for its landing, touching down too far along the runway and the crew deploying the thrust reversers too slowly.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A340-300
272"Falling from the Sky"British Airways Flight 922 April 2007 (2007-04-22)

On 24 June 1982, British Airways Flight 9 experiences St. Elmo's fire en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Perth, Australia. A few minutes later, all four engines flame out. After descending, the crew successfully restarts the engines and lands safely. The St. Elmo's fire and engine flame-outs were caused by volcanic ash spewed by Galunggung in Indonesia during a major eruption.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B
283"Fire Fight"Air Canada Flight 79729 April 2007 (2007-04-29)

On 2 June 1983, a fire breaks out on Air Canada Flight 797's toilet. An emergency landing is made in Cincinnati, but the aircraft is engulfed by flames on the runway, killing 23 people, including musician Stan Rogers. The opening of the aircraft's doors after the landing caused a flashover. The cause of the fire is unknown.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
294"Final Approach"Korean Air Flight 8016 May 2007 (2007-05-06)

On 6 August 1997, during final approach for a night landing in Guam, Korean Air Flight 801 crashes into a hill while attempting a missed approach, killing 228 people. The causes were pilot error and the instrument landing system at Guam airport being temporarily out of service for maintenance work.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-300
305"Hidden Danger"United Airlines Flight 585, USAir Flight 427, and Eastwind Airlines Flight 51713 May 2007 (2007-05-13)

On 3 March 1991, a Boeing 737 operating as United Airlines Flight 585 suddenly rolls into a dive and crashes within eight seconds, killing all 25 people on board. On 8 September 1994, USAir Flight 427 also rolls and crashes within thirty seconds, killing all 132 people on board. On 9 June 1996, Eastwind Airlines Flight 517 also rolls unexpectedly in similar circumstances, but the crew successfully regains control of the aircraft and lands safely. The cause of all three incidents was a design flaw with the rudder's control system which allowed the rudder to suddenly and unexpectedly go to full deflection and jam due to thermal shock of the hydraulic control valve.


Type of aircraft: Flight 585: Boeing 737-200; Flight 427: Boeing 737-300; Flight 517: Boeing 737-200
316"Panic over the Pacific"China Airlines Flight 00620 May 2007 (2007-05-20)

On 19 February 1985, China Airlines Flight 006's number four (right-side outer) engine flames out. As the crew tries to restart the engine, the Boeing 747SP enters a dive. The crew successfully regains control, restarts the engine and lands safely at San Francisco International Airport. The incident was caused by pilot error.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747SP
327"Out of Sight"Aeroméxico Flight 49827 May 2007 (2007-05-27)

On 31 August 1986, Aeroméxico Flight 498 collides with a light aircraft over Cerritos, California, causing both to go out of control and crash, killing 82 people. The accident was caused by neither pilot making visual contact with the other aircraft and a lack of automated collision warning systems. The crash inspires the creation of the traffic collision avoidance system.


Type of aircraft: Flight 498: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32; light aircraft: Piper PA-28-181 Archer
338"Fog of War"1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash3 June 2007 (2007-06-03)

On 3 April 1996, United States Air Force Flight IFO-21 veers off course and flies into a mountain while attempting to land at Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia in heavy fog, killing all 35 people on board, including the U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. The non-precision approach procedure the crew needed to follow required the use of two automatic direction finders, but the aircraft was only fitted with one.


Type of aircraft: Boeing CT-43
349"Vertigo"Flash Airlines Flight 60410 June 2007 (2007-06-10)

On 3 January 2004, Flash Airlines Flight 604 banks to the right just after takeoff and crashes into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board. The cause of this disaster is disputed, but suggested to be spatial disorientation on the part of the flight crew.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-300
3510"Ghost Plane"Helios Airways Flight 52217 June 2007 (2007-06-17)

On 14 August 2005, air traffic controllers lose radio contact with Helios Airways Flight 522. Two fighters from the Hellenic Air Force intercept and investigate the flight and find all but one person on board not moving. A few moments later, the aircraft runs out of fuel and crashes, killing all 121 people on board. An incorrect cabin pressurization setting had caused everyone on board to succumb to hypoxia.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-300

Season 5 (2008) change

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361"Invisible Killer"Delta Air Lines Flight 1917 May 2008 (2008-05-07)

On 2 August 1985, Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crash-lands while on approach to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing 8 of the 11 crew members, 128 of the 152 passengers on board, and one person on the ground. This accident was one of the few commercial air crashes in which the meteorological phenomenon known as a microburst was a direct contributing factor.


Type of aircraft: Lockheed L-1011-1 Tristar
372"Gimli Glider"Air Canada Flight 14314 May 2008 (2008-05-14)

On 23 July 1983, Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet (12,500m) altitude, about halfway through its flight from Montreal to Edmonton. The crew is able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, a former airbase at Gimli, Manitoba. An unserviceable fuel gauge and an error in converting between metric and imperial units caused the aircraft to be loaded with insufficient fuel prior to the flight.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-200
383"Behind Closed Doors"American Airlines Flight 96 and Turkish Airlines Flight 98116 April 2008 (2008-04-16)[2]

On 12 June 1972, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 operating as American Airlines Flight 96 suffers an explosive decompression after a cargo door in the lower rear fuselage bursts open. The crew makes an emergency landing at Detroit without any loss of life. Nearly two years later, on 3 March 1974, Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes near Senlis after suffering a similar sequence of events during a flight from Paris to London, killing all 346 people on board. A design flaw with the DC-10's cargo door locking mechanism was not rectified after the first accident, and the second DC-10's door opened during flight, causing the crash.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 (both aircraft)
394"Fanning the Flames"South African Airways Flight 29521 May 2008 (2008-05-21)

On 28 November 1987, a fire breaks out on South African Airways Flight 295 in the rear main cargo area as it is flying high above the Indian Ocean. The Boeing 747 combined passenger/cargo aircraft (Combi) crashes with no survivors. The exact cause of the fire is undetermined.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200 Combi
405"Dead Weight"Air Midwest Flight 548130 April 2008 (2008-04-30)[2]

On 8 January 2003, Air Midwest Flight 5481 crashes into an aircraft hangar at Charlotte Douglas International Airport seconds after takeoff on a flight to Greenville. All 21 people on board die. Investigation showed that the pilots' controls had been improperly adjusted during maintenance, and that the aircraft was overloaded due to outdated formulae for calculation of passenger weights.


Type of aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D
416"Southern Storm"Southern Airways Flight 24223 April 2008 (2008-04-23)[2]

On 4 April 1977, Southern Airways Flight 242, a flight from Huntsville, Alabama, to Atlanta, Georgia, flies through a severe thunderstorm and is hit by large hailstones. After both engines fail, the aircraft makes an emergency landing on a highway in New Hope, Paulding County, Georgia. However, it collides with a gas station and explodes, killing 63 people on board and nine on the ground.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
427"Air India: Explosive Evidence"Air India Flight 1829 April 2008 (2008-04-09)[2]

On 23 June 1985, Air India Flight 182 explodes in mid-air over the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 passengers and crew members on board. The investigation traced the cause of the explosion to be a bomb from the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B
438"Mixed Signals"Birgenair Flight 3014 June 2008 (2008-06-04)

On 6 February 1996, Birgenair Flight 301 is scheduled to fly from Puerto Plata to Frankfurt. On takeoff, the captain finds that his airspeed indicator is not reading properly, though the co-pilot's indicator is showing the correct speed. The pilots become confused and believe that both indicators are malfunctioning, resulting in the aircraft stalling and crashing into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 189 people on board.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 757-200
449"Fatal Distraction"Eastern Air Lines Flight 40128 May 2008 (2008-05-28)

On 29 December 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 is on a flight to Miami International Airport. While making preparations to land, the crew are distracted by a faulty landing gear indicator light and accidentally disengage the autopilot while trying to resolve the problem. Flying at night, the crew fail to notice their descent until only seconds before crashing into the Everglades. Out of the 176 people on board, 101 are killed.


Type of aircraft: Lockheed L-1011-1 Tristar
4510"Phantom Strike"Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 190711 June 2008 (2008-06-11)

On 29 September 2006, Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 collides with a brand new business jet on its delivery flight over the Amazon. The Legacy manages to make a safe landing at an airbase, but the Gol jet crashes with no survivors. Air traffic controllers had cleared both aircraft to fly at the same altitude in opposite directions, and the Legacy's transponder was switched off, making both aircraft's traffic collision avoidance systems useless in preventing the collision.


Type of aircraft: Flight 1907: Boeing 737-800; business jet: Embraer Legacy 600

Season 6 (2007–08) Special change

Season 6 of Mayday is the first Science of Disaster season, consisting of three episodes.

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461"Ripped Apart"BOAC Flight 781
South African Airways Flight 201
Aloha Airlines Flight 243
British Airways Flight 5390
United Airlines Flight 811
Helios Airways Flight 522
16 December 2007 (2007-12-16)

This special looked at accidents and incidents where pressurization failure or explosive decompression played a part.


Types of aircraft: Flights 781 and 201: de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1; Flight 243: Boeing 737-200; Flight 5390: BAC 1-11 528FL; Flight 811: Boeing 747-100; Flight 522: Boeing 737-300
472"Fatal Flaw"Alaska Airlines Flight 261
Japan Airlines Flight 123
Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529
Swissair Flight 111
United Airlines Flight 585
USAir Flight 427
Eastwind Airlines Flight 517
16 December 2007 (2007-12-16)

This special looked at accidents caused by seemingly minor defects or errors.


Types of aircraft: Flight 261: McDonnell Douglas MD-83; Flight 123: Boeing 747SR; Flight 529: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia; Flight 111: McDonnell Douglas MD-11; Flight 585: Boeing 737-200; Flight 427: Boeing 737-300; Flight 517: Boeing 737-200
483"Who's Flying the Plane?"Aeroperú Flight 603
China Airlines Flight 006
Aeroflot Flight 593
Flash Airlines Flight 604
Air Transat Flight 236
2 March 2008 (2008-03-02)

This special looked at accidents and incidents where problems with the interface between crew members and on-board avionics were a factor and the causes of those problems.


Types of aircraft: Flight 603: Boeing 757-200; Flight 006: Boeing 747SP; Flight 593: Airbus A310-300; Flight 604: Boeing 737-300; Flight 236: Airbus A330-200

Season 7 (2009) change

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491"Scratching the Surface"China Airlines Flight 61118 November 2009 (2009-11-18)

On 25 May 2002, China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes into the Taiwan Strait 20 minutes after taking off from Taipei, killing all 225 people on board. A faulty repair to the lower rear skin of the aircraft following a tailstrike more than 20 years earlier had caused the entire tail section to weaken and fail.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B
502"Lockerbie Disaster"Pan Am Flight 1034 November 2009 (2009-11-04)

On 21 December 1988, a bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 103, causing the aircraft to disintegrate in mid-air and the wreckage of the aircraft to crash into the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing all 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-100
513"Blown Apart"Partnair Flight 39425 November 2009 (2009-11-25)

On 8 September 1989, Partnair Flight 394 loses control, breaks up in mid-air, and crashes into the North Sea, killing all 55 people on board. The aircraft's vertical stabilizer had vibrated loose during flight due to excessive wear on sub-standard bolts, sleeves, and pins that had been illegally sold as "aircraft-grade."


Type of aircraft: Convair CV-580
524"Sight Unseen"1996 Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision11 November 2009 (2009-11-11)

On 12 November 1996, Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collide in mid-air near New Delhi, India, killing all 349 people on both aircraft. The world's deadliest mid-air collision and the overall third-deadliest aircraft accident, the crash was caused by the crew members on the Kazakhstan Airlines aircraft failing to maintain the altitude assigned by air traffic control.


Type of aircraft: Flight 763: Boeing 747-100B; Flight 1907: Ilyushin Il-76
535"Operation Babylift"1975 Tân Sơn Nhứt C-5 accident2 December 2009 (2009-12-02)

On 4 April 1975, a United States Air Force transport aircraft conducting the inaugural flight of Operation Babylift suffers an explosive decompression when the rear cargo door fails and crashes into a paddy field while attempting an emergency landing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam. The investigation found that parts had been removed from the rear cargo doors and improperly replaced.


Type of aircraft: Lockheed C-5A Galaxy
546"Falling Fast"Tuninter Flight 11539 December 2009 (2009-12-09)

On 6 August 2005, Tuninter Flight 1153 runs out of fuel and ditches into the Mediterranean Sea, killing 16 people. It ran out of fuel because an incorrect type of fuel gauge had been installed, misleading the crew about how much fuel was on board.


Type of aircraft: ATR 72-200
557"Flight 574: Lost"Adam Air Flight 57416 December 2009 (2009-12-16)

On 1 January 2007, Adam Air Flight 574 crashes into the Makassar Strait in Indonesia, killing all 102 people on board. The crew inadvertently disengaged the autopilot while trying to fix a problem with the aircraft's inertial reference system, causing it to roll into an uncontrolled dive and break up during flight.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-400
568"Frozen in Flight"American Eagle Flight 418416 December 2009 (2009-12-16)

On 31 October 1994, American Eagle Flight 4184 loses control and crashes into a field while circling to land at O'Hare International Airport, killing all 68 people on board. The crash was caused by ice developing on the wings in a manner that the on-board deicing system could not remove.


Type of aircraft: ATR 72-200

Season 8 (2009) Special change

Season 8 of Mayday is the second Science of Disaster season, consisting of two episodes.

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571"System Breakdown"1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision
Aeroméxico Flight 498
Avianca Flight 52
Gol Linhas Aéreas Flight 1907
2002 Überlingen mid-air collision
10 June 2009 (2009-06-10)

This special looked at the role of air traffic controllers in the airline industry and examines the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a new technology meant to eliminate mid-air collisions by reducing overall dependence on radar and radio, as well as delegating some of the air traffic controllers' tasks to computers on board each aircraft.


Types of aircraft: Grand Canyon collision: Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation and Douglas DC-7; Cerritos collision: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 and Piper PA-28-181 Archer; Flight 52: Boeing 707-320B; Gol Linhas Aéreas collision: Boeing 737-800 and Embraer Legacy 600; Überlingen collision: Tupolev Tu-154M and Boeing 757-200PF
582"Cruel Skies"Southern Airways Flight 242
Delta Air Lines Flight 191
American Airlines Flight 1420
British Airways Flight 9
17 June 2009 (2009-06-17)

This special looked at the role of bad weather in aviation disasters and examines the US Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, Missouri, to see how information on weather is transmitted to pilots in the sky.


Types of aircraft: Flight 242: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32; Flight 191: Lockheed L-1011-1 Tristar; Flight 1420: McDonnell Douglas MD-82; Flight 9: Boeing 747-200B

Season 9 (2010) change

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591"Panic on the Runway"British Airtours Flight 28M1 March 2010 (2010-03-01)

On 22 August 1985, an engine of British Airtours Flight 28M fails during takeoff, puncturing a hole in the wing fuel tank and starting a fire. The crew successfully abandons the takeoff and stops the aircraft on the runway, but the fire spreads to the cabin. 55 people die before they can evacuate, mainly due to inhaling toxic smoke. The investigation found that a defective engine fuel injector failed and ruptured the fuel tank.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200
602"Alarming Silence"Northwest Airlines Flight 25515 March 2010 (2010-03-15)

On 16 August 1987, shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 stalls and crashes just beyond the runway, killing all but one of the 155 people on board and two people on the ground. Subsequent investigation showed that the pilots failed to configure the aircraft's flaps and slats for takeoff. It was also discovered that the aural takeoff warning did not sound, but for unknown reasons.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-82
613"Pilot vs. Plane"Air France Flight 2968 March 2010 (2010-03-08)

On 26 June 1988, Air France Flight 296 fails to climb and crashes into trees after performing a flyby during an airshow at Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport, killing 3 people. The cause of the crash is disputed: the investigation blamed the pilot, but the captain himself claims that the cause was a problem with the fly-by-wire computer.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-100
624"Cleared for Disaster"Los Angeles runway disaster22 March 2010 (2010-03-22)

On 1 February 1991, USAir Flight 1493 collides with SkyWest Airlines Flight 5569 on the runway at LAX, killing 35 people. An air traffic controller mistakenly assigned Flight 1493 to land on a runway where the SkyWest Airlines aircraft was waiting to take off.


Type of aircraft: Flight 1493: Boeing 737-300; Flight 5569: Fairchild Metro III
635"Target Is Destroyed"Korean Air Lines Flight 00729 March 2010 (2010-03-29)

In the early hours of 1 September 1983, during the Cold War, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down after violating Soviet Union airspace, killing all 269 people on board. The crew did not set the autopilot to the correct mode following takeoff, which caused the aircraft to stray off course.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B
646"Cold Case"Air Ontario Flight 1363 and USAir Flight 40512 April 2010 (2010-04-12)

On 10 March 1989, Air Ontario Flight 1363 crashes just after takeoff in snowy weather, killing 24 people. Three years later, on 22 March 1992, USAir Flight 405 also crashes just after takeoff in similar conditions to Flight 1363. The cause of both crashes was ice on the wings, which significantly reduced lift.


Type of aircraft: Flight 1363: Fokker F28-1000; Flight 405: Fokker F28-4000
657"The Final Blow"Air Inter Flight 1485 April 2010 (2010-04-05)

On 20 January 1992, Air Inter Flight 148 flies into a mountain while circling to land at Strasbourg Airport, killing 87 people. An error made in programming the aircraft's autopilot, combined with a sudden wind change, caused it to descend more rapidly than expected.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-100
668"Cracks in the System"Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 10119 April 2010 (2010-04-19)

On 19 December 2005, just seconds after takeoff from Miami, Florida, the right wing of Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101 breaks off, causing the aircraft to crash into the sea, killing all 20 people on board. The cause of the crash was an improper repair of a fatigue crack in the wing.


Type of aircraft: Grumman G-73T Turbine Mallard

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671"Cockpit Failure"Crossair Flight 359712 March 2011 (2011-03-12)

On 24 November 2001, Crossair Flight 3597 crashes into a hill during final approach to Zürich, killing 24 of the 33 passengers and crew members on board. The cause of the crash was the pilot descending the aircraft below the minimum safe altitude for the approach.[3]


Type of aircraft: British Aerospace 146
682"The Heathrow Enigma"British Airways Flight 387 March 2011 (2011-03-07)

On 17 January 2008, British Airways Flight 38 is on its final approach to land, but when the autothrottles command increased thrust from the engines, the engines fail to respond. The captain raises one notch of flaps to give the aircraft a few more feet of flying distance; it crash-lands just short of the runway without any fatalities. The fuel flow to both engines was restricted because of ice crystals causing a blockage in the fuel-oil heat exchangers.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER
693"Pilot Betrayed"Scandinavian Airlines Flight 75128 March 2011 (2011-03-28)

On 27 December 1991, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751 crash-lands without loss of life in Gottröra moments after taking off due to both engines failing. Clear ice from the tops of the wings had been sucked into both engines, causing internal damage. An automatic system (of which the pilots were unaware) to increase the engines' thrust contributed to their failure.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-81 (referred to in the episode as a McDonnell Douglas DC-9)
704"Dead Tired"Colgan Air Flight 340721 March 2011 (2011-03-21)

On 12 February 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 stalls at low altitude and dives into a residential area near Buffalo, New York. All 49 people on board the aircraft and one person on the ground are killed. Several critical errors made by the flight crew might have been the result of their fatigue.


Type of aircraft: Bombardier Q400
715"Hudson River Runway"US Airways Flight 154914 March 2011 (2011-03-14)

On 15 January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 suffers a bird strike with a flock of Canada geese after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, causing both engines to fail. Less than two minutes later, the pilots successfully ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River. All on board survive.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-200
726"Who's in Control?"Turkish Airlines Flight 195128 February 2011 (2011-02-28)

On 25 February 2009, Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 stalls and crashes 1.5 kilometres from the runway while approaching Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Nine people, including the three cockpit crew members, are killed. A faulty radar altimeter permitted premature reduction of the engines' thrust, and the flight crew failed to notice the resulting drop in airspeed until it was too late.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-800

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731"Deadly Reputation"TAM Airlines Flight 305412 August 2011 (2011-08-12)

On 17 July 2007, TAM Airlines Flight 3054 careens off runway 35L at Brazil's Congonhas Airport and crashes at high speed into a warehouse adjacent to a filling station, killing all 187 people on board the aircraft and 12 people on the ground. Incorrect engine throttle settings upon landing caused one engine to reverse thrust while the other increased power, causing the aircraft to lose control.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-200
742"The Plane That Flew Too High"West Caribbean Airways Flight 70819 August 2011 (2011-08-19)

On 16 August 2005, West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 deep-stalls while cruising and crashes in rural Venezuela during a thunderstorm. Investigators determined that the pilots misinterpreted the stall as an engine failure and took no recovery action until it was too late.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-82
753"Split Decision"Arrow Air Flight 128526 August 2011 (2011-08-26)

On 12 December 1985, Arrow Air Flight 1285, carrying troops of the US Army's 101st Airborne Division, stalls and crashes just seconds after taking off from Gander International Airport in Canada, killing all 256 people on board. The cause of the crash remains disputed: the Canadian Aviation Safety Board (CASB) concluded that ice on the wings, combined with miscalculated weight, was the cause, but a minority report claims an on-board explosion.


Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-8-63CF
764"Breakup over Texas"Continental Express Flight 257429 December 2011 (2011-12-29)

On 11 September 1991, Continental Express Flight 2574 tips into a dive and crashes into a field while initiating its landing sequence. All 14 people on board are killed. Improper maintenance allowed a section of the horizontal stabilizer to break loose during flight, after which the pilots had no control.


Type of aircraft: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
775"Munich Air Disaster"Munich air disaster29 December 2011 (2011-12-29)

On 6 February 1958, British European Airways Flight 609, carrying members of the famed Manchester United association football team, club officials and journalists, crashes into a house about 300 meters from the end of the runway in Munich after it fails to become airborne, killing 23 of the 44 people on board. The cause of the crash was slush on the runway, which slowed the aircraft down and prevented it from reaching takeoff speed.


Type of aircraft: Airspeed Ambassador
786"Turning Point"Northwest Airlines Flight 8529 December 2011 (2011-12-29)

On 9 October 2002, the lower rudder segment of Northwest Airlines Flight 85 suddenly deflects to the left. The pilots divert the aircraft to a successful emergency landing at Anchorage, Alaska, by using engine thrust for control. The incident was attributed to a malfunction of the rudder's hydraulic control module.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-400
797"Bad Attitude"Korean Air Cargo Flight 850920 January 2012 (2012-01-20)

On 22 December 1999, Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509 crashes into a field at night about 55 seconds after taking off from London Stansted Airport on a flight to Milan, Italy, killing all four crew members on board. The causes of the crash were the captain following the indications of a malfunctioning attitude indicator and lack of communication amongst the crew members.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200F
808"Blind Spot"Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 18227 January 2012 (2012-01-27)

On 25 September 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 collides with a light aircraft while approaching San Diego International Airport and crashes in a residential area in California. All 137 people on the two aircraft and 7 people on the ground are killed.


Type of aircraft: Flight 182: Boeing 727-200; light aircraft: Cessna 172
819"Under Pressure"Nigeria Airways Flight 21203 February 2012 (2012-02-03)

On 11 July 1991, Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 is taking off from King Abdulaziz International Airport with 247 Hajj pilgrims and 14 crew on board. Two under-inflated tires burst during the takeoff, starting a fire on the landing gear. The crew is unaware of the fire and retracts the gear after takeoff, causing the fire to spread. Encountering problems, the crew tries to return the aircraft to the airport, but it breaks up and crashes about three kilometres from the runway, with no survivors.


Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-8-61
8210"I'm the Problem"Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 177110 February 2012 (2012-02-10)

On 7 December 1987, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashes at the speed of sound on a mountainside in rural San Luis Obispo County, California. All 43 people on board are killed. Investigators found that passenger David Burke, a former USAir employee, took a gun on board the aircraft and shot the pilots in a murder-suicide plot to kill his former supervisor (who was also a passenger on board) after being fired from his job days earlier.


Type of aircraft: British Aerospace 146
8311"Nowhere to Land"TACA Flight 1109 March 2012 (2012-03-09)

On 24 May 1988, TACA Flight 110 flies through a thunderstorm and both engines flame out. The captain manages to make a deadstick landing on a narrow grass levee in the Michoud area of eastern New Orleans, saving the lives of everyone on board.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-300
8412"The Invisible Plane"Linate Airport disaster23 March 2012 (2012-03-23)

On 8 October 2001, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686 is taking off at Milan's Linate Airport in thick fog. On the runway, it collides with an Air Evex business jet bound for Paris, France. Flight 686 suffers major damage and crashes into a nearby building shortly afterwards. All 114 people on board the two aircraft are killed, along with 4 on the ground. The business jet's crew had made a wrong turn while taxiing in the fog and inadvertently taxied onto the runway.


Type of aircraft: Flight 686: McDonnell Douglas MD-87 (referred to in the episode as a Boeing MD-87); business jet: Cessna Citation CJ2
8513"Impossible Landing"United Airlines Flight 23213 April 2012 (2012-04-13)

On 19 July 1989, the tail-mounted number-two engine of United Airlines Flight 232 explodes, damaging all of the aircraft's hydraulic systems and leaving the flight controls unusable. By varying engine thrust, the pilots manage to crash-land the aircraft at the Sioux Gateway Airport in Iowa, saving the lives of 185 of the 296 people on board. Subsequent investigation traced the engine failure to a fatigue crack in the fan hub stemming from a defect introduced before the disk was even made (when the original titanium ingot used to make it was formed).


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10

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861"Fight for Control"Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 83 August 2012 (2012-08-03)

On 8 June 1983, Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8's number-four propeller separates, tearing a gash on the aircraft's underside, jamming the flight controls and causing a rapid decompression. The pilots manage to land the aircraft safely at Anchorage, Alaska. The propeller fell into the sea, and since it was never recovered, the cause of the accident has not been determined.


Type of aircraft: Lockheed L-188 Electra
872"Fire in the Hold"ValuJet Airlines Flight 59210 August 2012 (2012-08-10)

On 11 May 1996, 10 minutes after takeoff, ValuJet Airlines Flight 592 starts filling with smoke after a fire breaks out in the main cargo bay as it is flying over Miami. The aircraft crashes into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board. The cause of the fire was later determined to be an accidental triggering of a chemical oxygen generator illegally shipped as non-hazardous cargo.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
883"Caution to the Wind"Singapore Airlines Flight 00617 August 2012 (2012-08-17)

On 31 October 2000, Singapore Airlines Flight 006 collides with construction equipment at Chiang Kai Shek airport in Taipei while attempting to take off on the wrong runway in a typhoon, killing 83 of the 179 people on board. Investigators concluded that the crash was caused by pilot error.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-400
894"Pushed to the Limit"SilkAir Flight 18524 August 2012 (2012-08-24)

On 19 December 1997, while en route to Singapore, SilkAir Flight 185 crashes into the Musi River in Indonesia after abruptly diving from its cruise altitude, killing all 104 passengers and crew members on board. The cause of the crash was disputed: a US investigation concluded that it was an act of murder–suicide by the captain; however, the Indonesian investigators were undetermined.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-300
905"Blind Landing"TANS Perú Flight 20431 August 2012 (2012-08-31)

On 23 August 2005, TANS Perú Flight 204 crashes into a muddy swamp while attempting to land at Pucallpa Airport, Peru, in a thunderstorm, killing 40 of the 98 people on board. The cause of the crash was the pilots not following visual flight rules while the aircraft was being pushed by a downdraft.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200 Advanced
916"Grand Canyon Disaster"1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision24 January 2013 (2013-01-24)

On 30 June 1956, United Airlines Flight 718 and Trans World Airlines Flight 2 collide in mid-air over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, killing all 128 people on both aircraft. At the time, it was the deadliest-ever aviation accident, and would lead to major changes in the regulation of flight operations over the United States.

Note: This accident was previously featured as a special in the episode "System Breakdown" (S08E01).


Type of aircraft: Flight 718: Douglas DC-7; Flight 2: Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
927"Catastrophe at O'Hare"American Airlines Flight 19125 February 2013 (2013-02-25)

On 25 May 1979, the number-one engine on American Airlines Flight 191 detaches moments after taking off from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The aircraft banks to the left and crashes into an open field, killing all 271 people on board and 2 people on the ground. One of the mounting points in the pylon attaching the engine to the wing had suffered damage caused by faulty maintenance procedures.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
938"Focused on Failure"United Airlines Flight 17311 March 2013 (2013-03-11)

On 28 December 1978, the crew of United Airlines Flight 173 are preoccupied with a landing gear problem as the aircraft circles in a holding pattern in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon. It runs out of fuel and crashes in a sparsely populated area, killing 10 of the 189 people on board. The pilot failed to acknowledge the warnings of the remaining crew regarding the aircraft's fuel state, while the remaining crew failed to adequately communicate the situation.


Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-8-61
949"Lokomotiv Hockey Team Disaster"Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash4 March 2013 (2013-03-04)

On 7 September 2011, Yak-Service Flight 9633, carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl professional ice hockey team, crashes shortly after takeoff at Yaroslavl, Russia, killing all but one of the 45 occupants. The investigation found that the pilots were not properly trained on the aircraft type and mishandled it during takeoff.


Type of aircraft: Yakovlev Yak-42D
9510"Death of the President"Smolensk air disaster27 January 2013 (2013-01-27)

On 10 April 2010, a Polish Air Force VIP aircraft carrying the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria Kaczyńska and other top officials, crashes in a wooded area while on final approach to Smolensk North Airport in heavy fog and low visibility. All 96 passengers and crew members on board are killed.


Type of aircraft: Tupolev Tu-154M
9611"Heading to Disaster"Ethiopian Airlines Flight 40925 March 2013 (2013-03-25)

On 25 January 2010, shortly after takeoff from Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport during a thunderstorm, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 plunges into the Mediterranean Sea while on a flight to Addis Ababa, killing all 90 people on board.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-800
9712"28 Seconds to Survive"Santa Bárbara Airlines Flight 5181 April 2013 (2013-04-01)

On 21 February 2008, Santa Bárbara Airlines Flight 518 strays off course and flies into the side of a mountain shortly after takeoff, killing all 46 people on board. Investigators determined that the aircraft took off with inoperative navigation equipment due to the pilots' failure to do their pre-flight checklist.


Type of aircraft: ATR 42-300
9813"Air France 447: Vanished"Air France Flight 44715 April 2013 (2013-04-15)

On 1 June 2009, Air France Flight 447 stalls and crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while flying through a thunderstorm, killing all 228 people on board. The causes of the crash were incorrect airspeed readings due to ice blocking the aircraft's pitot tubes and inappropriate control inputs.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A330-200

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991"Fight to the Death"British European Airways Flight 54816 December 2013 (2013-12-16)

On 18 June 1972, British European Airways Flight 548 stalls and crashes in a field near Staines shortly after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport, killing all 118 people on board. The crash was attributed to the pilot retracting the aircraft's droops at too low an airspeed and failing to recognise the stall warnings.


Type of aircraft: Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C
100[4]2"Speed Trap"Hughes Airwest Flight 70630 December 2013 (2013-12-30)

On 6 June 1971, Hughes Airwest Flight 706 collides with a United States Marine Corps (USMC) fighter jet above the San Gabriel Mountains. A total of 50 people from the two aircraft are killed, with the backseat crewman of the USMC aircraft the only survivor.


Type of aircraft: Flight 706: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31; USMC jet: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
1013"Lost in Translation"Crossair Flight 49813 January 2014 (2014-01-13)

On 10 January 2000, Crossair Flight 498 crashes just two minutes after takeoff from Zürich, Switzerland, while heading for Dresden, Germany, killing all 10 people on board. The investigation found that the pilots had suffered spatial disorientation.


Type of aircraft: Saab 340B
1024"Disaster on the Potomac"Air Florida Flight 9023 December 2013 (2013-12-23)

On 13 January 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 stalls at 300 feet altitude, strikes a road bridge and crashes into the Potomac River, killing 78 people. The causes were ice on the wings and the pilots' failure to turn on the engines' anti-freeze system, causing erroneous engine instrument readings.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200
1035"Queens Catastrophe"American Airlines Flight 5876 January 2014 (2014-01-06)

On 12 November 2001, just two months after the September 11 attacks, American Airlines Flight 587 spirals out of control shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy Airport and crashes into Queens, killing all 260 people on board and five people on the ground. It was later determined that aggressive rudder use by the first officer in response to wake turbulence from a Boeing 747-400 that had taken off minutes earlier had caused the vertical stabilizer to detach from the aircraft.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300-600
1046"Into the Eye of the Storm"Hurricane hunters NOAA42 incident10 February 2014 (2014-02-10)

On 15 September 1989, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aircraft tasked with intercepting Hurricane Hugo over the Caribbean islands is jolted by strong winds, causing an engine to catch fire and fail. The pilots of the aircraft manage to make a safe emergency landing.


Type of aircraft: Lockheed WP-3D Orion
1057"Massacre over the Mediterranean"Itavia Flight 87020 January 2014 (2014-01-20)

On 27 June 1980, Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 crashes into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the island of Ustica, Italy. All 81 people on board are killed. The top Italian criminal court eventually ruled on 23 January 2013 that a missile strike brought down the aircraft,[5] but controversy remains; some experts dispute this conclusion, arguing that an on-board bomb in the rear toilet was the cause. No definitive accident report was published.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
1068"Imperfect Pitch"XL Airways Germany Flight 888T3 February 2014 (2014-02-03)

On 27 November 2008, an aircraft on a post-maintenance test flight operating as XL Airways Germany Flight 888T stalls and crashes into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of France, killing all seven people on board. Improper maintenance work allowed water to enter the aircraft's angle of attack (AOA) sensors; the water then froze during flight, and the sensors stopped working. When the crew tried to test the stall warning system during flight, the aircraft stalled.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-200
1079"Terror in Paradise"Air Moorea Flight 112127 January 2014 (2014-01-27)

On 9 August 2007, Air Moorea Flight 1121 crashes shortly after taking off from Moorea Airport in French Polynesia, killing all 19 passengers and the pilot. A badly worn elevator control cable had failed completely in flight. As the force on the elevators changes with flap retraction, the cable broke after being overloaded. The situation was aggravated by the aircraft being repeatedly buffeted by jet blast from larger aircraft while parked, stressing the cables further.


Type of aircraft: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
10810"Titanic in the Sky"Qantas Flight 3217 February 2014 (2014-02-17)

On 4 November 2010, shortly after takeoff from Singapore, the number-two engine on Qantas Flight 32 partially disintegrates, causing serious damage to its left wing. The crew members overcome a number of resulting failures and make a safe emergency landing back at Singapore with no injuries among the 469 passengers and crew members. Investigators traced the engine failure to a manufacturing fault in an oil pipe.

Note: This is the 100th aircraft case investigated on Mayday.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A380-800
10911"Getting out Alive"Asiana Airlines Flight 214
Air France Flight 358
Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8
Air Canada Flight 797
US Airways Flight 1549
9 May 2014 (2014-05-09)

This special looked at how people survive aviation accidents, in part with demonstrations at the Czech Airlines Training Centre.


Types of aircraft: Flight 214: Boeing 777-200ER; Flight 358: Airbus A340-300; Flight 8: Lockheed L-188 Electra; Flight 797: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32; Flight 1549: Airbus A320-200

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1101"Choosing Sides"Kegworth air disaster5 January 2015 (2015-01-05)

On 8 January 1989, British Midland Flight 92 crashes onto the embankment of the M1 motorway near Kegworth, Leicestershire, UK. The aircraft was attempting to conduct an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport after one of its engines had failed. 47 of the 126 people on board died.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-400
1112"Niki Lauda: Testing the Limits"Lauda Air Flight 00412 January 2015 (2015-01-12)

On 26 May 1991, the thrust reverser on the number one engine of Lauda Air Flight 004 deploys in flight without being commanded, causing the aircraft to spiral out of control, disintegrate, and crash about 100 miles northwest of Bangkok, with no survivors. Investigators later determined the cause of the false deployment to be a malfunction of an electronically-controlled hydraulic valve.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER
1123"Vanishing Act"Varig Flight 25410 February 2015 (2015-02-10)

On 3 September 1989, the pilots of Varig Flight 254 enter an incorrect compass heading into their instruments before takeoff. Flying on autopilot once airborne, the aircraft heads west instead of north-northeast towards its destination. After some time, it is over a remote area of the Amazon jungle. The aircraft eventually runs out of fuel, and the pilot makes a belly landing in the jungle, during which the aircraft breaks up, killing 13 people.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200
1134"Sideswiped"Copa Airlines Flight 2012 March 2015 (2015-03-02)

On 6 June 1992, Copa Airlines Flight 201 enters a high-speed dive, breaks up in mid-air, and crashes into the Darién Gap 29 minutes after taking off from Tocumen International Airport, killing all 47 people on board. The incident was caused by faulty instrument readings, confusion among the pilots, and insufficient training.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200 Advanced
1145"The Final Push"FedEx Express Flight 14 and FedEx Express Flight 8016 February 2015 (2015-02-16)

On 31 July 1997, FedEx Express Flight 14 bounces, rolls to the right and crashes at Newark Liberty International Airport. All five of the people on board survive. On 23 March 2009, FedEx Express Flight 80 crashes on landing at Narita International Airport, Japan, in similar circumstances to that of Flight 14, killing both of the pilots.


Type of aircraft: Flight 14: McDonnell Douglas MD-11F; Flight 80: McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (freighter conversion)
1156"The Death of JFK Jr."John F. Kennedy Jr. plane crash20 January 2015 (2015-01-20)

On 16 July 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr. dies when the Piper Saratoga light aircraft he is piloting crashes off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in hazy conditions. His wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, are on board and are also killed. The NTSB concluded that the crash was caused by spatial disorientation resulting in pilot error.


Type of aircraft: Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga II
1167"Concorde - Up in Flames"Air France Flight 459013 January 2015 (2015-01-13)

On 25 July 2000, a Concorde operating as Air France Flight 4590 stalls and crashes into a hotel in Gonesse shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport, killing all of the 109 people on board and 4 on the ground. The aircraft had struck foreign debris left on the runway from a Continental Airlines DC-10, rupturing and igniting one of its fuel tanks and causing the left engines to fail.


Type of aircraft: Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde
1178"Accident or Assassination"2008 Mexico City Learjet crash17 February 2015 (2015-02-17)

On 4 November 2008, an official Mexican Interior Ministry Learjet 45 crashes in rush-hour traffic in central Mexico City. All nine occupants, including Mexican Secretary of the Interior Juan Camilo Mouriño, are killed in the crash, along with seven people on the ground. The aircraft crashed due to a loss of control from wake turbulence from a Mexicana Boeing 767-300.


Type of aircraft: Learjet 45
1189"No Clear Options"Manx2 Flight 71009 February 2015 (2015-02-09)

On 10 February 2011, Manx2 Flight 7100 crashes at Cork Airport in Ireland after the pilots lose control of the aircraft in an attempted go-around in heavy fog and low visibility. Six of the twelve people on board the aircraft are killed in the accident.

Note: The investigative team of this incident declined to co-operate with the program out of respect for the survivors and victims' families.[6]


Type of aircraft: Fairchild SA227-BC Metro III
11910"Death in the Arctic"First Air Flight 656024 February 2015 (2015-02-24)

On 20 August 2011, First Air Flight 6560, a charter flight, crashes near its destination of Resolute Bay Airport, Resolute, Nunavut, Canada, in poor weather conditions. Out of the fifteen passengers and crew members, only three survived.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200C
12011"What Happened to Malaysian 370?"Malaysia Airlines Flight 37015 February 2015 (2015-02-15)

On 8 March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappears en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board. As of February 2015, no trace of the aircraft had been found, and speculation is that it crashed in the southern part of the Indian Ocean.

Note: This is the first time the series broadcast an episode about an accident not yet fully investigated. This episode did not air in Malaysia.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER

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1211"Fatal Transmission"United Express Flight 59256 January 2016 (2016-01-06)

On 19 November 1996, United Express Flight 5925, operating for Great Lakes Airlines, lands at Quincy Regional Airport and collides with a light aircraft taking off from an intersecting runway. All 14 occupants on both aircraft initially survived, but died in a subsequent fire.


Type of aircraft: Flight 5925: Beechcraft 1900C; light aircraft: Beechcraft 65-A90 King Air
1222"Terror in San Francisco"Asiana Airlines Flight 21413 January 2016 (2016-01-13)

On 6 July 2013, while landing at San Francisco International Airport, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 strikes a seawall and crashes short of the runway. Of the 307 people on board, 2 passengers die at the crash scene; another dies shortly after in hospital.

Note: This accident was previously featured as a special in the episode "Getting out Alive" (S13E11).


Type of aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER
1233"High Rise Catastrophe"El Al Flight 18621 February 2016 (2016-02-01)

On 4 October 1992, the two engines on El Al Flight 1862's right wing detach from the aircraft after it departs from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, damaging the right wing's hydraulic systems and a large portion of its leading edge. On approach, the flaps and slats on the left wing deploy while those on the right wing do not, due to the damage sustained. The aircraft rolls to the right and crashes into an apartment complex, killing all 4 on board and 39 on the ground.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200F
1244"Fatal Delivery"UPS Airlines Flight 611 January 2016 (2016-01-11)

On 3 September 2010, the pilots of UPS Airlines Flight 6 report a fire and declare an emergency shortly after taking off from Dubai International Airport. The crew tries to land back at the airport, but are unsuccessful. The aircraft flies over the airport and crashes into an unpopulated area nearby, killing both of the pilots. The fire was caused by the combustion of lithium-ion batteries.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-400F
1255"Deadly Mission"1961 Ndola United Nations DC-6 crash3 February 2016 (2016-02-03)

On 18 September 1961, a Douglas DC-6 operated by Transair Sweden, carrying Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, crashes en route to ceasefire negotiations in Northern Rhodesia during the Congo Crisis. All of the 16 passengers and crew members are killed.


Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-6B
1266"Edge of Disaster"Atlantic Airways Flight 67010 February 2016 (2016-02-10)

On 10 October 2006, Atlantic Airways Flight 670 lands at Stord Airport, but overruns the runway and crashes after careening off a steep embankment. Four of the sixteen people on board are killed. The causes of the crash were a malfunction of the aircraft's spoilers and hydroplaning.


Type of aircraft: British Aerospace 146-200A
1277"Deadly Delay"Spanair Flight 502217 February 2016 (2016-02-17)

On 20 August 2008, Spanair Flight 5022 stalls, banks to the right and crashes during its second takeoff attempt, killing 154 of the 172 people on board. The investigation determined that when the pilots retracted the flaps and slats during the delay, they forgot to re-extend them afterwards. It was also determined that the takeoff warning did not sound due to a possible failure of a relay.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-82
1288"Fatal Focus"Garuda Indonesia Flight 2004 January 2016 (2016-01-04)

On 7 March 2007, while landing at Yogyakarta at the end of a routine domestic flight from Jakarta, Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 hits the ground so hard that it bounces violently before running off the end of the runway, killing 21 of the 140 people on board. The aircraft was meant to land with the flaps extended to an angle of 40°, but it landed with flap extension of only 5°, which was aggravated by the Captain's insistence on landing the aircraft, even when it was travelling too fast.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-400
1299"Steep Impact"Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 231125 January 2016 (2016-01-25)

On 5 April 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 nose-dives into the ground while on landing approach to Glynco Jetport in Brunswick, Georgia, killing all 23 people on board, including US Senator John Tower and astronaut Sonny Carter. The accident was caused by a malfunction of the left engine's propeller control unit which led to incorrect pitch angles on the left propeller's blades.


Type of aircraft: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
13010"Carnage in São Paulo"TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais Flight 40215 February 2016 (2016-02-15)

On 31 October 1996, TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais Flight 402 crashes into a heavily populated residential area seconds after takeoff from São Paulo–Congonhas Airport, killing all 95 people on board and 4 on the ground. The crash was attributed to the uncommanded deployment of a faulty thrust reverser on the right engine, which was aggravated by the co-pilot's forceful inputs on the right engine's throttle.


Type of aircraft: Fokker 100

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1311"Deadly Silence"1999 South Dakota Learjet crash7 June 2016 (2016-06-07)

On 25 October 1999, a chartered Learjet 35 operated by Sunjet Aviation, carrying golfer Payne Stewart and his agents, flies off course shortly after takeoff. It runs out of fuel and crashes into a field in South Dakota, killing all 6 occupants on board. The investigation concluded that everyone on board suffered hypoxia due to an uncontrolled decompression, but the cause remains undetermined.


Type of aircraft: Learjet 35
1322"9/11: The Pentagon Attack"American Airlines Flight 7714 June 2016 (2016-06-14)

On 11 September 2001, during the September 11 attacks, American Airlines Flight 77 flies off course and crashes into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, after being hijacked. All the 64 people on board the aircraft, including the 5 hijackers, are killed, along with 125 people in the building.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 757-200
1333"Disaster at Tenerife"Tenerife airport disaster21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)

On 27 March 1977, the deadliest-ever aviation accident occurs at Los Rodeos Airport (now known as Tenerife North Airport) in the Canary Islands. KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736 collide on the runway in thick fog during the KLM aircraft's attempt to take off, killing 583 people.

Note: This accident was previously shown on the 2005 "Crash of the Century" special.[7] Although the program isn't regarded as a Mayday episode, Cineflix used the footage on few episodes of Mayday.


Type of aircraft: Flight 4805: Boeing 747-200B; Flight 1736: Boeing 747-100
1344"Deadly Detail"China Airlines Flight 12028 June 2016 (2016-06-28)

On 20 August 2007, China Airlines Flight 120 catches fire and explodes after landing and taxiing to the gate area at Naha Airport in Okinawa, Japan. However, all 165 people on board survive. The incident was attributed to a fuel leak caused by a bolt from the aircraft's right wing slat puncturing the right wing fuel tank.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-800
1355"Deadly Detour"Proteus Airlines Flight 7065 July 2016 (2016-07-05)

On 30 July 1998, Proteus Airlines Flight 706 collides with a light aircraft during a detour over an ocean cruise liner and crashes into Quiberon Bay off the coast of Lorient, France. All 15 occupants on board the two aircraft die. The crew did not use the See and Avoid concept when they were operating under visual flight rules, and the pilot of the Cardinal had failed to turn on his aircraft's transponder, effectively making the aircraft invisible to radar systems on the ground.


Type of aircraft: Flight 706: Beechcraft 1900D; light aircraft: Cessna 177 Cardinal
1366"Dangerous Approach"Trans-Colorado Airlines Flight 228612 July 2016 (2016-07-12)

On 19 January 1988, Trans-Colorado Airlines Flight 2286, operating for Continental Express, crashes near Bayfield, Colorado, during final approach to Durango. Both crew members and seven of the fifteen passengers on board die in the accident.


Type of aircraft: Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III
1377"Murder in the Skies"Germanwings Flight 952523 January 2017 (2017-01-23)

On 24 March 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 enters a high-speed descent and crashes into the French Alps during a flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany. All 150 people on board are killed. The investigation concluded that the crash was caused by an act of murder-suicide by the co-pilot.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-200
1388"River Runway"Garuda Indonesia Flight 42130 January 2017 (2017-01-30)

On 16 January 2002, on final approach to Yogyakarta at the end of a routine domestic flight from Ampenan, Garuda Indonesia Flight 421 suffers a double engine flameout while flying through a severe thunderstorm and ditches in the Bengawan Solo River. 59 of the 60 people on board survive.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-300
1399"Deadly Solution"Indonesia AirAsia Flight 85016 February 2017 (2017-02-06)

On 28 December 2014, Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 stalls and crashes into the Java Sea while flying through a thunderstorm, killing all 155 passengers and 7 crew members on board. The causes of the crash were a malfunction of the aircraft's rudder travel limiter unit and an inappropriate response by the pilots.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-200
14010"Afghan Nightmare"National Airlines Flight 10213 February 2017 (2017-02-13)

On 29 April 2013, National Airlines Flight 102 stalls and crashes into the ground just seconds after taking off from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, killing all seven crew members on board. The investigation determined that a vehicle in the aircraft's cargo bay had shifted, causing the loss of control.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-400F

Season 17 (2017) change

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1411"Killer Attitude"Northwest Airlink Flight 571920 February 2017 (2017-02-20)

On 1 December 1993, Northwest Airlink Flight 5719 crashes into a hillside while on final approach to Range Regional Airport in Minnesota, United States. All 16 passengers and 2 crew members on board are killed in the crash.


Type of aircraft: Jetstream 31
1422"Deadly Myth"Comair Flight 327227 February 2017 (2017-02-27)

On 9 January 1997, Comair Flight 3272 spirals out of control and crashes nose-first while on final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. All 29 passengers and crew members on board are killed. The investigation concluded that ice had built up on the aircraft's wings, causing the loss of control.


Type of aircraft: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
1433"Turning Point"Air China Flight 1296 March 2017 (2017-03-06)

On 15 April 2002, Air China Flight 129 crashes into the side of a mountain while circling to land at Gimhae International Airport in Busan, South Korea, during inclement weather. 129 of the 166 passengers and crew members on board are killed in the crash.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-200ER
1444"Explosive Proof"TWA Flight 80013 March 2017 (2017-03-13)

On 17 July 1996, Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 800 explodes in mid-air, breaks up during flight and crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while en route from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. All 230 passengers and crew members on board are killed.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-100
1455"Lethal Turn"Garuda Indonesia Flight 1525 September 2017 (2017-09-05)

On 26 September 1997, Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 crashes into mountainous woodlands while trying to land at Polonia International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, in low visibility. All 234 people on board are killed. The investigation determined that the aircraft turned the wrong way during the approach due to a miscommunication between the pilots and air traffic control.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B4-200
1466"Storming Out"USAir Flight 101612 September 2017 (2017-09-12)

On 2 July 1994, USAir Flight 1016 crashes into a residential area while attempting to land at Charlotte Douglas International Airport during a thunderstorm, killing 37 of the 57 people on board. The investigation concluded that the aircraft encountered microburst-induced wind shear while the captain suffered somatogravic illusion, prompting the first officer to push the nose down and causing the crash.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
1477"Caught on Tape"TransAsia Airways Flight 23519 September 2017 (2017-09-19)

On 4 February 2015, TransAsia Airways Flight 235 strikes a viaduct and crashes into the Keelung River shortly after takeoff from Taipei Songshan Airport, killing 43 of the 58 people on board. The causes of the crash were a malfunction of the number two engine and the pilots shutting down the wrong engine.


Type of aircraft: ATR 72-600
1488"Terror over Egypt"Metrojet Flight 926818 September 2017 (2017-09-18)

On 31 October 2015, Metrojet Flight 9268 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes into the Sinai Peninsula during a routine chartered flight from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to Pulkovo Airport, killing all 224 people on board.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A321-200
1499"Deadly Discussions"LAPA Flight 31423 October 2017 (2017-10-03)

On 31 August 1999, LAPA Flight 3142 overruns the runway and crashes while taking off from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 63 of the 100 people on board and 2 on the ground. The investigation determined that the pilots forgot to extend the aircraft's flaps and slats for takeoff.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200C
15010"The Lost Plane"Thai Airways International Flight 3112 October 2017 (2017-10-02)

On 31 July 1992, Thai Airways International Flight 311 crashes into a mountain while on final approach to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, in poor weather conditions, killing all 99 passengers and 14 crew members on board.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A310-300

Season 18 (2018) change

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1511"Nuts and Bolts"Emery Worldwide Flight 1713 February 2018 (2018-02-13)

On 16 February 2000, Emery Worldwide Flight 17 crashes into an automobile salvage yard shortly after taking off from Sacramento Mather Airport on a flight to Dayton, Ohio, killing all 3 crew members on board. The cause of the crash was a disconnection of the right elevator control tab.


Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-8-71F
1522"Blown Away"TransAsia Airways Flight 22220 February 2018 (2018-02-20)

On 23 July 2014, TransAsia Airways Flight 222 crashes into the village of Xixi while attempting to land at Magong Airport during inclement weather and low visibility, killing 48 of the 58 people on board and injuring 5 people in the village. The investigation found that the pilots intentionally descended below the minimum descent altitude.


Type of aircraft: ATR 72-500
1533"Deadly Distraction"Delta Air Lines Flight 114127 February 2018 (2018-02-27)

On 31 August 1988, Delta Air Lines Flight 1141 crashes beyond the runway while taking off from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing 14 of the 108 people on board. The subsequent investigation determined that the pilots forgot to extend the aircraft's flaps and slats for takeoff.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 727-200 Advanced
1544"Deadly Airspace"Malaysia Airlines Flight 1715 February 2018 (2018-02-15)

On 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board. The subsequent investigation concluded that a surface-to-air missile caused the in-flight break-up.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER
1555"Deadly Display"2012 Mount Salak Sukhoi Superjet crash15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)

On 9 May 2012, an aircraft on a demonstration tour crashes into Mount Salak in the province of West Java. All 45 people on board are killed. The investigation concluded that the pilots were unaware of the presence of high ground in the area and ignored warnings from the terrain warning system.


Type of aircraft: Sukhoi Superjet 100
1566"Deadly Mission"VSS Enterprise crash22 March 2018 (2018-03-22)

On 31 October 2014, an experimental spaceflight test vehicle named VSS Enterprise suffers a catastrophic in-flight breakup and crashes into the Mojave Desert in California, United States, while performing a test flight. The co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, is killed; the pilot, Peter Siebold, is seriously injured, but manages to parachute to safety.


Type of aircraft: Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo
1577"Free Fall"Qantas Flight 7215 June 2018 (2018-06-15)

On 7 October 2008, Qantas Flight 72 suffers a pair of sudden uncommanded pitch-down manoeuvres during a flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Perth Airport. 119 of the 315 people on board are injured. The aircraft makes an emergency landing at Learmonth Airport near Exmouth, Western Australia.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A330-300
1588"Deadly Inclination"Alitalia Flight 40422 June 2018 (2018-06-22)

On 14 November 1990, Alitalia Flight 404 descends too low and crashes into the woodlands of the Stadlerberg Mountain near Weiach, Switzerland, 5.2 nautical miles (9.6 kilometres) short of the runway during final approach to Zurich Airport. All 46 passengers and crew members on board are killed.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
1599"Deadly Go-Round"China Airlines Flight 14027 June 2018 (2018-06-27)

On 26 April 1994, China Airlines Flight 140 pitches upwards, enters an aerodynamic stall at low altitude and crashes approximately 340 feet east-northeast of the centreline of the runway while on final approach to Nagoya Airport in Nagoya, Japan. 264 of the 271 people on board are killed in the crash.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B4-600R
16010"Dead of Winter"Continental Airlines Flight 17134 July 2018 (2018-07-04)

On 15 November 1987, Continental Airlines Flight 1713 stalls and crashes off the right side of the runway shortly after taking off in a snowstorm from Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado, on a scheduled flight to Boise, Idaho, killing 28 of the 82 people on board.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14

Season 19 (2019) change

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1611"Deadly Descent"Cathay Pacific Flight 7802 January 2019 (2019-01-02)

On 13 April 2010, Cathay Pacific Flight 780 suffers a dual engine failure while nearing Hong Kong International Airport at the end of a flight from Juanda International Airport, Indonesia. The aircraft makes an emergency landing at almost twice the speed of a normal landing. All 322 people on board survive.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A330-300
1622"Death Race"2011 Reno Air Races crash7 January 2019 (2019-01-07)

On 16 September 2011, a vintage fighter aircraft named The Galloping Ghost crashes into spectators during the Reno Air Races, killing the pilot, James Leeward, and 10 people on the ground. The cause of the crash were reused single-use locknuts in the left elevator trim tab system that loosened.


Type of aircraft: North American P-51 Mustang
1633"Fatal Approach"KLM Cityhopper Flight 43316 January 2019 (2019-01-16)

On 4 April 1994, KLM Cityhopper Flight 433 crashes into a field while attempting an emergency landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, killing 3 of the 24 people on board. The cause of the crash was the pilots' inadequate use of the flight controls during an asymmetric go-around.


Type of aircraft: Saab 340B
1644"Borderline Tactics"American International Airways Flight 80814 January 2019 (2019-01-14)

On 18 August 1993, American International Airways Flight 808 stalls, rolls to the right and crashes into the ground 1 quarter of a mile short of the runway while manoeuvring onto final approach to Leeward Point Airfield in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. All 3 crew members on board survive.


Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-8-61F
1655"Deadly Pitch"Fine Air Flight 10121 January 2019 (2019-01-21)

On 7 August 1997, Fine Air Flight 101 stalls and crashes just seconds after taking off from Miami International Airport, killing all 4 people on board and 1 person on the ground. The causes of the crash were an improper loading of cargo and the pilots selecting an incorrect stabilizer trim setting.


Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-8-61F
1666"Fatal Climb"TAROM Flight 37128 January 2019 (2019-01-28)

On 31 March 1995, TAROM Flight 371 banks steeply to the left and crashes into a field shortly after taking off from Otopeni International Airport, killing all 60 people on board. The throttle of the port engine had returned to idle in-flight while the captain simultaneously became incapacitated, possibly due to a heart attack.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A310-300
1677"Runway Runoff"Continental Airlines Flight 140411 February 2019 (2019-02-11)

On 20 December 2008, Continental Airlines Flight 1404 veers off the side of the runway, skids across the taxiway and a service road and crashes into a ravine while taking off from Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. All 115 passengers and crew members on board survive.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-500
1688"Lethal Limits"Aeroflot Flight 82118 February 2019 (2019-02-18)

On 14 September 2008, Aeroflot Flight 821 crashes into a ravine next to a railway line while on final approach to Perm International Airport in Perm, Russia, in poor weather conditions, killing all 88 people on board. The investigation concluded that the pilots suffered spatial disorientation.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-500
1699"Football Tragedy"LaMia Airlines Flight 29334 March 2019 (2019-03-04)

On 28 November 2016, LaMia Flight 2933, carrying the Brazilian Chapecoense football squad, runs out of fuel and crashes into the side of a mountain after entering a holding pattern to land at José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, Colombia. 71 of the 77 people on board are killed.


Type of aircraft: Avro RJ85
17010"Slam Dunk"United Express Flight 629111 March 2019 (2019-03-11)

On 7 January 1994, United Express Flight 6291, operating for Atlantic Coast Airlines, crashes 1.2 miles short of the runway during final approach to Port Columbus International Airport after entering a stall. The two pilots, the flight attendant, and two passengers are killed in the crash.


Type of aircraft: British Aerospace Jetstream 41

Season 20 (2020) change

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1711"Kathmandu Descent"Pakistan International Airlines Flight 26823 January 2020 (2020-01-23)

On 28 September 1992, Pakistan International Airlines Flight 268 crashes into a mountainside while on approach to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, killing all 167 people on board. The pilots had begun the descent too early after misreading the approach chart.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B4-200
1722"Impossible Pitch"West Air Sweden Flight 29413 February 2020 (2020-02-13)

On 8 January 2016, West Air Sweden Flight 294 crashes near Lake Akkajaure in Sweden during a cargo flight from Oslo to Tromsø, Norway, killing both crew members. A malfunction in an inertial reference unit produced erroneous attitude indications and mislead the crew into a dive.


Type of aircraft: Bombardier CRJ200
1733"Explosive Touchdown"Uni Air Flight 8739 January 2020 (2020-01-09)

On 24 August 1999, Uni Air Flight 873 suffers an explosion in the cabin while landing at Hualien Airport, killing one passenger. Bleach bottles filled with gasoline, which were being transported by a passenger on the domestic flight, leaked inside the overhead bins, and were ignited by a nearby motorcycle battery.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
1744"Taxiway Turmoil"1990 Wayne County Airport runway collision16 January 2020 (2020-01-16)

On 3 December 1990, two Northwest Airlines jets collide in heavy fog at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport after Flight 1482 mistakenly turns on to an active runway while Flight 299 is taking off. 8 of the 44 people on board Flight 1482 are killed; all 154 people on board Flight 299 survive.


Type of aircraft: Flight 1482: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14; Flight 299: Boeing 727-200 Advanced
1755"Runway Breakup"AIRES Flight 825012 March 2020 (2020-03-12)

On 16 August 2010, AIRES Flight 8250 crashes short of the runway while landing at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport in San Andrés, Colombia, killing 2 of the 131 people on board. A black hole approach illusion had led the pilots to believe the aircraft was higher than it actually was.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-700
1766"Icy Descent"Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 542830 January 2020 (2020-01-30)

On 18 May 2011, Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428 stalls and crashes in Río Negro en route from Neuquén to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, killing all 22 people on board. The cause of the crash was the pilots' failure to maintain airspeed while flying through severe icing conditions.


Type of aircraft: Saab 340A
1777"Atlantic Ditching"Cougar Helicopters Flight 916 February 2020 (2020-02-06)

On 12 March 2009, Cougar Helicopters Flight 91 suffers an oil leak in the main gearbox while transporting oil rig workers from St. John's, Newfoundland. The helicopter ditches in the Atlantic Ocean during an attempt to return to land, killing all but one of the 18 people on board.


Type of aircraft: Sikorsky S-92A
1788"No Warning"Trigana Air Flight 26720 February 2020 (2020-02-20)

On 16 August 2015, Trigana Air Flight 267 crashes into a mountainside while nearing its destination of Oksibil Airport in Papua, Indonesia, killing all 54 people on board. The pilots had intentionally deviated from the standard flight path and deactivated the ground proximity warning system.


Type of aircraft: ATR 42-300
1799"Cockpit Killer"LAM Mozambique Airlines Flight 47027 February 2020 (2020-02-27)

On 29 November 2013, LAM Mozambique Airlines Flight 470 enters a rapid descent into Namibia's Bwabwata National Park halfway from Maputo, Mozambique, to Luanda, Angola, killing all 33 people on board. The investigation concluded that the captain deliberately crashed the aircraft.


Type of aircraft: Embraer E190
18010"Stormy Cockpit"Kenya Airways Flight 5075 March 2020 (2020-03-05)

On 5 May 2007, Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashes during a thunderstorm shortly after takeoff from Douala International Airport in Cameroon, killing all 114 people on board. The pilots suffered spatial disorientation after their failure to engage the autopilot resulted in an excessive bank.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-800

Season 21 (2021) change

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1811"North Sea Nightmare"Loganair Flight 67804 April 2021 (2021-04-04)

On 15 December 2014, Loganair Flight 6780 starts an uncontrolled descent while on approach to Sumburgh Airport in Scotland. The pilots regain control and make an emergency landing at Aberdeen, with no fatalities. After a lightning strike, the pilots wrongly assumed the autopilot was disengaged and tried to climb. The conflict caused the autopilot to set the elevator controls into a dive.


Type of aircraft: Saab 2000
1822"Playing Catch Up"Execuflight Flight 152611 April 2021 (2021-04-11)

On 10 November 2015, ExecuFlight Flight 1526 enters an aerodynamic stall and crashes into an apartment building and an embankment during final approach to Akron Fulton International Airport in Akron, Ohio. Both crew members and all seven passengers on board are killed in the crash.


Type of aircraft: British Aerospace BAe-125
1833"Tragic Takeoff"Comair Flight 519118 April 2021 (2021-04-18)

On 27 August 2006, Comair Flight 5191, operating for Delta Connection, crashes into a wooded area while taking off from Blue Grass Airport in Kentucky, killing all but the first officer on board. The pilots lost situational awareness and inadvertently taxied onto the wrong runway.


Type of aircraft: Bombardier CRJ-100ER
1844"Grounded: Boeing Max 8"Lion Air Flight 6105 April 2021 (2021-04-05)

On 29 October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 enters a nosedive and crashes into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, on a flight to Pangkal Pinang. All 181 passengers and 8 crew members on board are killed in the crash.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737 MAX 8
1855"Cabin Catastrophe"Southwest Airlines Flight 138012 April 2021 (2021-04-12)

On 17 April 2018, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 makes an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after its left engine explodes. A passenger dies after being partially ejected from the aircraft. The engine failure was caused by a fatigue crack in a fan blade.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-700
1866"Meltdown Over Kathmandu"US-Bangla Airlines Flight 21126 April 2021 (2021-04-26)

On 12 March 2018, US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211 skids off the runway, travels through the airport perimeter fence, and crashes into a football field during landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. 51 of the 71 people on board are killed in the accident.


Type of aircraft: Bombardier Dash 8-Q400
1877"Mission Disaster"1991 Gulf War KC-135 incident16 May 2021 (2021-05-16)

On 6 February 1991, a military aerial refueling aircraft loses both engines from under the left wing while on a combat mission in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, causing serious flight control problems and forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing. The incident was attributed to wake turbulence from a passing KC-135.


Type of aircraft: Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
1888"Caught In A Jam"Ansett New Zealand Flight 70323 May 2021 (2021-05-23)

On 9 June 1995, Ansett New Zealand Flight 703 suffers a landing gear malfunction during final approach to Palmerston North Airport in New Zealand. The aircraft descends until it crashes into hilly terrain as the pilots try to resolve the problem. 4 of the 21 people on board are killed.


Type of aircraft: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102
1899"Seconds From Touchdown"Propair Flight 42030 May 2021 (2021-05-30)

On 18 June 1998, Propair Flight 420 crashes while attempting to conduct an emergency landing at Montréal–Mirabel International Airport after an in-flight fire causes its left wing to fail, killing all 11 people on board. It was later determined that the aircraft's left brakes overheated during takeoff.


Type of aircraft: Fairchild Metroliner SA226
19010"Deadly Delivery"UPS Airlines Flight 13546 June 2021 (2021-06-06)

On 14 August 2013, UPS Airlines Flight 1354 clips the tops of trees and crashes into a hillside about one nautical mile short of the runway during final approach to Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama. Both crew members on board are killed in the crash.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300F4-600R

Season 22 (2022) change

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1911"Holding Pattern"Flydubai Flight 98117 January 2022 (2022-01-17)

On 19 March 2016, Flydubai Flight 981 enters a rapid descent and crashes nose-first at Rostov-on-Don Airport in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, after aborting its second landing attempt in poor weather conditions. All 55 passengers and 7 crew members on board are killed.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-800
1922"Peril over Portugal"Martinair Flight 49524 January 2022 (2022-01-24)

On 21 December 1992, Martinair Flight 495 crashes off the right side of the runway while attempting to land at Faro Airport in Faro, Portugal, in severe weather conditions, killing 56 of the 340 people on board. The accident was caused by microburst-induced wind shear in combination with pilot errors.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF
1933"Stealth Bomber Down"2008 Andersen Air Force Base B-2 accident17 January 2022 (2022-01-17)

On 23 February 2008, a stealth bomber of the United States Air Force named the Spirit of Kansas enters a stall and crashes on the runway just moments after takeoff from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Both crew members survive after being successfully ejected from the aircraft.


Type of aircraft: Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
1944"Double Trouble"Trans-Air Service Flight 67122 January 2022 (2022-01-22)

On 31 March 1992, Trans-Air Service Flight 671 suffers an in-flight separation of its two right engines while en route to Kano, Nigeria, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base in France. The number three engine detached due to metal fatigue and tore off the number four engine.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 707-320C
1955"Pacific Plunge"Alaska Airlines Flight 2613 January 2022 (2022-01-03)

On 31 January 2000, Alaska Airlines Flight 261's trimmable horizontal stabilizer jams and breaks from its control system during a flight to San Francisco. The aircraft enters a dive and crashes inverted into the Pacific Ocean. All 88 passengers and crew members on board are killed.

Note: This accident was previously featured in the episode "Cutting Corners" (S01E05) and as a special in the episode "Fatal Flaw" (S06E02).


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-83
1966"Terror over Michigan"TWA Flight 84110 January 2022 (2022-01-10)

On 4 April 1979, Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 841 enters a spiral dive while en route to Minnesota. The pilots regain control and make an emergency landing at Detroit, with no fatalities. A leading-edge slat had failed due to the pilots extending the slats at cruising speed.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 727-31
1977"Tree Strike Terror"American Airlines Flight 15725 February 2022 (2022-02-05)

On 12 November 1995, American Airlines Flight 1572 clips the tops of trees along Peak Mountain Ridge and strikes an instrument landing system antenna on landing at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut. All 78 people on board survive, with one passenger sustaining a minor injury.


Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-83
1988"Pitch Black"Air Illinois Flight 7105 February 2022 (2022-02-05)

On 11 October 1983, Air Illinois Flight 710 crashes into an open pasture area near Pinckneyville, Illinois, in poor weather while en route to Southern Illinois Airport, killing all 10 people on board. The cause of the crash was the pilots' mismanagement of an electrical problem.


Type of aircraft: Hawker Siddeley HS 748
1999"Turboprop Terror"Flagship Airlines Flight 337912 February 2022 (2022-02-12)

On 13 December 1994, Flagship Airlines Flight 3379, operating for American Eagle, enters an aerodynamic stall and crashes into a wooded area during a missed approach to Raleigh–Durham International Airport in North Carolina. The 2 pilots and 13 of the 18 passengers are killed.


Type of aircraft: Jetstream 32
20010"Loss of a Legend"2020 Calabasas helicopter crash12 February 2022 (2022-02-12)

On 26 January 2020, a helicopter carrying basketball player Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people crashes into hilly terrain near Calabasas, California, killing all 9 people on board. The pilot had violated visual flight rules and suffered spatial disorientation.


Type of aircraft: Sikorsky S-76B

Season 23 (2023) change

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TitleIncidentOriginal air date
2011"Deadly Exchange"Corporate Airlines Flight 59663 January 2023 (2023-01-03)

On 19 October 2004, Corporate Airlines Flight 5966, operating for AmericanConnection, crashes short of the runway while on approach to Kirksville Regional Airport in Missouri, killing 13 of the 15 people on board. The pilots had descended below the minimum safe altitude under the effects of fatigue.


Type of aircraft: British Aerospace Jetstream 32
2022"Mixed Signals"Independent Air Flight 185110 January 2023 (2023-01-10)

On 8 February 1989, Independent Air Flight 1851, a charter flight from Bergamo, Italy to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, strikes Pico Alto on approach for a stopover at Santa Maria Airport in the Azores due to a series of errors by the pilots and air traffic control. All 144 passengers and crew are killed.


Type of aircraft: Boeing 707-331B
2033"Pressure Point"Japan Airlines Flight 123[8]17 January 2023 (2023-01-17)

On 12 August 1985, Japan Airlines Flight 123's aft pressure bulkhead bursts, destroying the vertical stabilizer and severing all four of the aircraft's hydraulic systems. The crew keep the aircraft flying for 32 minutes until it crashed into Mount Takamagahara, killing all but four of the 524 people on board. The accident was caused by a faulty repair to the bulkhead after a much-earlier tailstrike incident.

Note: This accident was previously featured in the episode "Out of Control" (S03E03) and as a special in the episode "Fatal Flaw" (S06E02).


Type of aircraft: Boeing 747SR
2044"Power Play"Airlines PNG Flight 160024 January 2023 (2023-01-24)

On 13 October 2011, Airlines PNG Flight 1600 crashes near the mouth of the Gogol River in Papua New Guinea after a dual engine failure, killing 28 of the 32 people on board. The investigation found that the pilots had inadvertently caused both propellers to overspeed.


Type of aircraft: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102
2055"Control Catastrophe"Air Astana Flight 1388[9]31 January 2023 (2023-01-31)

On 11 November 2018, Air Astana Flight 1388 suffers severe control issues on a repositioning flight from Lisbon, Portugal to Almaty, Kazakhstan after the aileron control cables were installed incorrectly. The crew manages to make an emergency landing at Beja Airbase, saving the lives of all 6 on board.


Type of aircraft: Embraer E190
2066"Cockpit Catastrophe"Sichuan Airlines Flight 8633[10]7 February 2023 (2023-02-07)

On 14 May 2018, the cockpit windshield of Sichuan Airlines Flight 8633 fails, causing an explosion decompression which partially sucks the first officer out of the aircraft. The captain is able to make an emergency landing at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, saving all 128 on board.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A319-100
2077"Dream Flight Disaster"2017 Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 crash[11]14 February 2023 (2023-02-14)

On 31 December 2017, a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 floatplane operated by Sydney Seaplanes crashes into Cowan Creek, killing all 6 people on board. The investigation determined that the pilot had been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning.


Type of aircraft: de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

Seasons change

Seasons[12]EpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
163 September 2003 (2003-09-03)22 October 2003 (2003-10-22)
2623 January 2005 (2005-01-23)27 February 2005 (2005-02-27)
31314 September 2005 (2005-09-14)7 December 2005 (2005-12-07)
41015 April 2007 (2007-04-15)17 June 2007 (2007-06-17)
5109 April 2008 (2008-04-09)11 June 2008 (2008-06-11)
6316 December 2007 (2007-12-16)2 March 2008 (2008-03-02)
784 November 2009 (2009-11-04)17 December 2009 (2009-12-17)
8210 June 2009 (2009-06-10)17 June 2009 (2009-06-17)
988 September 2010 (2010-09-08)27 October 2010 (2010-10-27)
10627 February 2011 (2011-02-27)28 March 2011 (2011-03-28)
111312 August 2011 (2011-08-12)13 April 2012 (2012-04-13)
12133 August 2012 (2012-08-03)15 April 2013 (2013-04-15)
131116 December 2013 (2013-12-16)9 May 2014 (2014-05-09)
14115 January 2015 (2015-01-05)2 March 2015 (2015-03-02)
15104 January 2016 (2016-01-04)17 February 2016 (2016-02-17)
16107 June 2016 (2016-06-07)13 February 2017 (2017-02-13)
171020 February 2017 (2017-02-20)3 October 2017 (2017-10-03)
181013 February 2018 (2018-02-13)4 July 2018 (2018-07-04)
19102 January 2019 (2019-01-02)11 March 2019 (2019-03-11)
20109 January 2020 (2020-01-09)[13]12 March 2020 (2020-03-12)
21104 April 2021 (2021-04-04)6 June 2021 (2021-06-06)
22103 January 2022 (2022-01-03)12 February 2022 (2022-02-12)

Notes change

  1. The UK broadcast of season one was hosted on Channel Five and narrated by David Bamber

References change

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