Air Disasters

Air Disasters - Smithsonian Channel

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Aviation

Examining the world’s worst air disasters, using official reports, transcripts, and interviews with people involved to tell the stories of midair mishaps and discover what went wrong in each case.

Upcoming TV Airings

The airings below are based on a generic national schedule. Times and dates can vary by TV provider.

Friday, February 23

Cracks in the System

Season 2 • Episode 1

Chalk's Ocean Airways flight 101 crashes just after take-off from Watson Island in Miami.

Friday, February 23

Terror in Paradise

Season 5 • Episode 10

A seven-minute island-hop from Moorea to Tahiti ends in disaster.

Friday, February 23

Out of Control

Season 6 • Episode 3

A simple error years prior causes the deadliest single-plane crash in history.

Friday, February 23

Seconds From Touchdown

Season 16 • Episode 9

A turboprop is just seconds from landing when it flips over and crashes.

Friday, February 23

Tragedy on the Potomac

Season 5 • Episode 4

A plane plunges into the frozen Potomac River in 1982.

Saturday, February 24

Lethal Turn

Season 11 • Episode 5

Forest fires and a series of human errors lead to the deadliest air disaster in Indonesian history.

Saturday, February 24

Storming Out

Season 11 • Episode 6

US Air Flight 1016 is engulfed in intense rain obstructing the view from the cockpit.

Saturday, February 24

Caught on Tape

Season 11 • Episode 7

The dashcam of a car captures footage of a commuter aircraft as it nosedives into the river.

Saturday, February 24

Deadly Discussions

Season 11 • Episode 9

An error in the cockpit causes the crash of a 737 on takeoff and leaves an entire nation reeling.

Saturday, February 24

Mountain Impact

Season 20 • Episode 15

Saturday, February 24

Soccer Tragedy

Season 13 • Episode 9

A plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes just ten miles from the airport in 2016.

Sunday, February 25

Queens Catastrophe

Season 5 • Episode 5

A plane crash in New York just two months after 9/11.

Sunday, February 25

Catastrophe at O'Hare

Season 4 • Episode 7

The 1979 crash in Chicago nearly grounded DC-10's forever.

Sunday, February 25

Survivors

Season 20 • Episode 16

Sunday, February 25

Death of the President

Season 4 • Episode 10

The air disaster that claimed the President of Poland's life, Lech Kaczynski.

Sunday, February 25

The Death of JFK Jr.

Season 8 • Episode 6

John F. Kennedy Jr.'s Piper Saratoga crashed in 1999 and the NTSB faces enormous pressure.

Sunday, February 25

Death and Denial

Season 6 • Episode 8

In 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 217 people on board.

Sunday, February 25

Bomb on Board

Season 6 • Episode 5

In 1994 on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, a terrorist bombing requires a daring emergency landing.

Sunday, February 25

Courage in the Cockpit New

Season 20 • Episode 18

Sunday, February 25

Courage in the Cockpit

Season 20 • Episode 18

Monday, February 26

Dead Weight

Season 1 • Episode 5

Just after take-off, Air Midwest Flight 5481 plummets to the ground, killing all on board.

Monday, February 26

Ocean Landing

Season 6 • Episode 10

Pilots aboard a hijacked plane are forced to attempt an emergency landing at sea.

Monday, February 26

Deadly Deception

Season 19 • Episode 8

Monday, February 26

Under Pressure

Season 3 • Episode 7

A burst tire creates an in-flight fire on flight 2120 which causes passengers and crew to perish.

Monday, February 26

Stormy Cockpit

Season 15 • Episode 10

Pilots steer their plane clear of a storm, but are unable to regain control of a dangerous roll.

Monday, February 26

Engines Out

Season 20 • Episode 4

Monday, February 26

Fuel Trouble

Season 20 • Episode 5

Monday, February 26

Mistaken Identity

Season 6 • Episode 6

The captain of a Navy cruiser must quickly determine if an approaching plane is friendly.

Monday, February 26

Fight for Your Life

Season 6 • Episode 4

Three FedEx employees must regain control of their plane when a coworker attacks them in midair.

Monday, February 26

Terror Over Egypt

Season 11 • Episode 8

When a plane carrying Russian tourists crashes in Egypt, investigators face political tensions.

Monday, February 26

Design Flaws

Season 20 • Episode 10

Monday, February 26

Stealth Bomber Down

Season 17 • Episode 3

When a USAF stealth bomber crashes after takeoff, investigators search for a reason.

Monday, February 26

Attack Over Baghdad

Season 6 • Episode 2

A missile cripples a cargo plane after it takes off from Baghdad International Airport.

Monday, February 26

Deadly Airspace

Season 12 • Episode 4

When an airliner goes down in Ukraine, examiners must conduct an investigation in a war zone.

Monday, February 26

Fog of War

Season 7 • Episode 8

A U.S. military plane flies into a mountain while attempting to land in Croatia.

Monday, February 26

Killer Attitude

Season 11 • Episode 2

The pairing of a domineering pilot and an inexperienced first officer has deadly consequences.

Monday, February 26

Fatal Focus

Season 9 • Episode 4

When a 737 careens off the runway in Indonesia, investigators uncover a shocking explanation.

Monday, February 26

Fatal Delivery

Season 9 • Episode 5

The two-man crew of a UPS cargo jet must attempt an emergency landing.

Monday, February 26

The Final Blow

Season 2 • Episode 9

An Air Inter flight crashes into the Vosges Mountains while attempting to land.

Monday, February 26

Flying Blind

Season 18 • Episode 10

A crew makes an error while cleaning a Boeing 757, causing it to crash into the Pacific Ocean.

Monday, February 26

Courage in the Cockpit

Season 20 • Episode 18

Monday, February 26

Rookie Errors

Season 20 • Episode 2

Monday, February 26

Cleared for Disaster

Season 2 • Episode 10

An air traffic controller's mistake causes two planes to collide on the runway.

Tuesday, February 27

Peril Over Portugal

Season 17 • Episode 2

A plane crashes off the right side of the runway while attempting to land in Portugal.

Tuesday, February 27

Caught in a Jam

Season 16 • Episode 8

When a commuter turboprop crashes onto hilly terrain in New Zealand, a search for answers ensues.

Tuesday, February 27

Speed Trap

Season 5 • Episode 2

A deadly midair collision between a commercial airliner and a F-4 Phantom.

Tuesday, February 27

Deadly Exchange

Season 19 • Episode 1

Tuesday, February 27

Disaster at Tenerife

Season 10 • Episode 3

Two 747s collide on the runway of a small airport in the Canary Islands.

Tuesday, February 27

Deadly Mission

Season 9 • Episode 10

An investigation sheds light on the plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld.

Tuesday, February 27

Missing Over New York

Season 18 • Episode 18

Avianca Flight 52 is delayed numerous times is low on fuel as it attempts to land in New York City.

Wednesday, February 28

Dangerous Approach

Season 10 • Episode 6

A Colorado commuter flight crashes five miles short of the runway.

Wednesday, February 28

Deadly Detour

Season 10 • Episode 5

A commuter flight over France makes a sightseeing detour that sets off a deadly chain of events.

Wednesday, February 28

Deadly Myth

Season 11 • Episode 3

After a commuter flight crashes, it's up to investigators to determine the cause.

Wednesday, February 28

Cruel Skies

Season 2 • Episode 3

The importance of weather forecasting to the aviation industry.

Wednesday, February 28

Dead of Winter

Season 12 • Episode 10

Continental Airlines Flight 1713 crashes on takeoff from Denver during a snowstorm in 1987.

Wednesday, February 28

Racing the Storm

Season 18 • Episode 8

A plane crashes during a thunderstorm, but investigators don't believe weather caused the crash.

Wednesday, February 28

Vanishing Act

Season 8 • Episode 3

Varig Flight 254 disappears without a trace over the jungles of Brazil.

Wednesday, February 28

Afghan Nightmare

Season 10 • Episode 10

Investigators study the crash of a cargo plane at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, February 28

Borderline Tactics

Season 13 • Episode 4

A DC-8 cargo jet crashes on approach to a U.S. naval base in Guantanamo.

Wednesday, February 28

Pacific Plunge

Season 17 • Episode 5

The pilots of an MD-83 realize something is very wrong with their plane.

Wednesday, February 28

Ghost Plane

Season 7 • Episode 10

Investigators try to solve the mystery of a plane whose captain and co-pilot are missing.

Wednesday, February 28

Alarming Silence

Season 2 • Episode 5

Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes shortly after take-off in Detroit.

Thursday, February 29

Deadly Reputation

Season 2 • Episode 12

TAM Airlines Flight 3054 slides off a runway and crashes into a warehouse next to a petrol station.

Thursday, February 29

Death and Denial

Season 6 • Episode 8

In 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 217 people on board.

Thursday, February 29

Concorde: Up in Flames

Season 8 • Episode 7

An Air France Concorde crashes into a Paris hotel after takeoff on July 25, 2000.

Thursday, February 29

Out of Sight

Season 7 • Episode 7

In one of the world's busiest airports, a large passenger plane crashes into a smaller one.

Thursday, February 29

What Happened To Malaysian 370?

Season 14 • Episode 11

Leading aviation experts investigate one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

Thursday, February 29

Vanished

Season 4 • Episode 13

Air France Flight 447 vanishes over the Atlantic in 2009.

Thursday, February 29

Bomb on Board

Season 6 • Episode 5

In 1994 on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, a terrorist bombing requires a daring emergency landing.

Thursday, February 29

Dead Weight

Season 1 • Episode 5

Just after take-off, Air Midwest Flight 5481 plummets to the ground, killing all on board.

Thursday, February 29

Ocean Landing

Season 6 • Episode 10

Pilots aboard a hijacked plane are forced to attempt an emergency landing at sea.

Thursday, February 29

Deadly Deception

Season 19 • Episode 8

Friday, March 1

Explosive Proof

Season 11 • Episode 1

The inside story of the complex investigation into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.

Friday, March 1

Grand Canyon

Season 4 • Episode 6

The 1956 midair collision between two commercial planes over the Grand Canyon.

Friday, March 1

Invisible Killer

Season 1 • Episode 1

A landing goes wrong when Delta Airlines Flight 191 is hit by an invisible force.

Friday, March 1

Deadly Silence

Season 10 • Episode 1

A private Learjet goes rogue before crashing in a South Dakota hayfield.

Friday, March 1

Impossible Landing

Season 3 • Episode 4

United Airlines Flight 232 crashes into Sioux City's runway in 1989.

Friday, March 1

Into the Eye of the Storm

Season 5 • Episode 6

Hugo, a Category 5 hurricane, threatens to rip a plane apart.

Friday, March 1

Choosing Sides

Season 8 • Episode 1

A tragic misunderstanding is the real cause of the crash of British Midland Flight 92.

Friday, March 1

Carnage in Sao Paolo

Season 9 • Episode 6

TAM flight 402 slammed into a residential neighborhood and burst into flames.

Friday, March 1

Deadly Delay

Season 9 • Episode 7

Spanair Flight 5022 banked to the right, slammed into a creek and burst into flames.

Friday, March 1

Hidden Danger

Season 7 • Episode 5

A Boeing 737 rolls into a dive and crashes within eight seconds, killing all 25 people on board.

Friday, March 1

Panic Over the Pacific

Season 7 • Episode 6

A miraculous rescue is launched after a 747 plummets toward the Pacific.

Friday, March 1

The Pentagon Attack

Season 10 • Episode 2

The FBI and NTSB join forces to determine how terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77.

Friday, March 1

Vertigo

Season 7 • Episode 9

An examination of the crash over the Red Sea in January 2004.

Friday, March 1

Fire Fight

Season 7 • Episode 3

A mechanical problem aboard an Air Canada plane turns into an all-out emergency.

Friday, March 1

Murder in the Skies

Season 10 • Episode 7

Following a crash, investigators make a shocking discovery about a co-pilot's mental health.

Friday, March 1

High Rise Catastrophe

Season 9 • Episode 3

A large cargo jet slices into an apartment complex in Amsterdam and reveals a lethal problem.

Friday, March 1

Steep Impact

Season 9 • Episode 8

The crash of a commuter plane in Georgia killed a NASA astronaut and a four-term U.S. senator.

Friday, March 1

Terror in San Francisco

Season 9 • Episode 2

The 2013 crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco shocks the nation.

Friday, March 1

Helicopter Down

Season 6 • Episode 7

A helicopter carrying oil workers to an offshore drilling platform crashes.

Saturday, March 2

Imperfect Pitch

Season 5 • Episode 8

A passenger plane plunges into the sea during an in-flight test.

Saturday, March 2

The Invisible Plane

Season 3 • Episode 8

Moments after take-off, SAS Flight 686 collides with a Cessna on the runway.

Saturday, March 2

Fight for Control

Season 4 • Episode 1

The emergency landing of a Reeve Aleutian Airlines plane over the Pacific Ocean.

Saturday, March 2

VIP on Board

Season 20 • Episode 13

Airplane crashes involving high-profile passengers put added pressure on investigators.

Saturday, March 2

Fire in the Hold

Season 4 • Episode 2

A plane crash into the alligator-infested Florida Everglades.

Saturday, March 2

Turning Point

Season 3 • Episode 5

A Northwest Airlines flight above the Bering Sea must make an emergency landing in Anchorage.

Sunday, March 3

Break Up Over Texas

Season 3 • Episode 6

Continental Express Flight 2574 suffers wing damage and goes into a dive falling out of the sky.

Sunday, March 3

Nuts and Bolts

Season 12 • Episode 1

When a cargo plane crashes moments after takeoff, investigators find a systematic problem.

Sunday, March 3

Deadly Go Round

Season 12 • Episode 9

After a plane crashes just before landing in Japan, fears arise about its complex automated systems.

Sunday, March 3

Headline News

Season 20 • Episode 1

Sunday, March 3

Rookie Errors

Season 20 • Episode 2

Sunday, March 3

Collision Course

Season 20 • Episode 3

Sunday, March 3

High Rise Catastrophe

Season 9 • Episode 3

A large cargo jet slices into an apartment complex in Amsterdam and reveals a lethal problem.

Sunday, March 3

Ripped Apart

Season 18 • Episode 22

Some design innovations evolve as a result of terrible air disasters.

Sunday, March 3

Dream Flight Disaster

Season 19 • Episode 7

Sunday, March 3

Flying on Empty

Season 18 • Episode 12

When Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel, its pilots desperately try to keep it in the air.

Sunday, March 3

Fatal Focus

Season 9 • Episode 4

When a 737 careens off the runway in Indonesia, investigators uncover a shocking explanation.

Sunday, March 3

Runaway Train

Season 18 • Episode 19

A runaway train derails into a neighborhood killing several people.

Sunday, March 3

Head-On Collision

Season 18 • Episode 21

With its conductors sound asleep, a freight train fails to stop and collides with an oncoming train.

Monday, March 4

I'm the Problem

Season 3 • Episode 3

Moments before a Pacific Southwest flight crashes in California, gunshots are heard in the cabin.

Monday, March 4

Bad Attitude

Season 3 • Episode 9

A Korean Air Cargo flight crashes in a field moments after takeoff from England's Stansted Airport.

Monday, March 4

Split Decision

Season 3 • Episode 10

Arrow Air Flight 1285 with 248 American soldiers on board crashes after refueling in Newfoundland.

Monday, March 4

Explosive Touchdown

Season 15 • Episode 3

Determining why a Taiwanese commuter plane is rocked by a massive explosion after touch down.

Monday, March 4

Hero Pilots

Season 14 • Episode 3

Three flights headed for disaster are saved at the last moment by heroes in the cockpit.

Monday, March 4

Fire on Board

Season 14 • Episode 10

Three flights that erupted in flames, and the investigations that changed aviation forever.

Monday, March 4

Holding Pattern

Season 17 • Episode 1

A plane enters a rapid descent and crashes nose-first at Rostov-on-Don Airport in Russia.

Monday, March 4

Control Catastrophe

Season 19 • Episode 5

Monday, March 4

Southern Storm

Season 1 • Episode 6

Pilots of Southern Airways Flight 242 must try to land on a Georgia highway after the engines die.

Monday, March 4

Explosive Evidence

Season 1 • Episode 7

A bomb explodes on Air India Flight 182 en route from Canada to India.

Monday, March 4

Mixed Signals

Season 1 • Episode 8

Conflicting alarms confuse pilots of Birgenair Flight 301 before it crashes into the ocean.

Monday, March 4

Phantom Strike

Season 1 • Episode 10

A Legacy business jet collides with a Boeing 737 in mid-air over the Amazon Rain Forest.

Monday, March 4

Cockpit Catastrophe

Season 19 • Episode 6

Monday, March 4

Dream Flight Disaster

Season 19 • Episode 7

Monday, March 4

Pilot vs. Plane

Season 2 • Episode 7

Air France Flight 296 fails to regain altitude after performing a flyby during an air show.

Monday, March 4

System Breakdown

Season 2 • Episode 8

Five aviation disasters and the changes they have forced air-traffic controllers to make.

Monday, March 4

River Runway

Season 10 • Episode 8

Pilots attempt to land their Boeing 737 in an Indonesian river.

Monday, March 4

Deadly Delivery

Season 16 • Episode 10

A plane crashes into a hillside about one nautical mile short of the runway during final approach.

Monday, March 4

Perilous Payload

Season 20 • Episode 6

Three planes fatally out of balance force investigators to question every calculation.

Monday, March 4

Fatal Climb

Season 13 • Episode 6

A commercial airliner crashes minutes after taking off from an airport in Bucharest.

Monday, March 4

Lethal Limits

Season 13 • Episode 8

An investigation into a jet crash from 2008 leads to a change into the Russian aviation system.

Monday, March 4

Cabin Catastrophe

Season 16 • Episode 5

A Boeing 737 is rocked by a midair explosion that challenges pilots and nearly ejects a passenger.

Monday, March 4

Deadly Space

Season 12 • Episode 6

A Virgin Galactic commercial spacecraft, the VSS Enterprise, crashes during a 2014 test flight.

Tuesday, March 5

Deadly Distraction

Season 12 • Episode 3

A 1988 commercial flight crashes just moments after liftoff and erupts in flames.

Tuesday, March 5

Deadly Display

Season 12 • Episode 5

A high-stakes demonstration flight turns catastrophic when a Russian jet slams into a mountain.

Tuesday, March 5

Icy Descent

Season 15 • Episode 6

After experiencing icing conditions, a turboprop slams into an Argentine desert.

Tuesday, March 5

No Control

Season 14 • Episode 4

Three crashes occur as pilots battle against their sophisticated aircraft.

Tuesday, March 5

Explosive Clues

Season 14 • Episode 5

A look at three commercial planes that became targets over the Sinai Desert and the Sea of Japan.

Tuesday, March 5

Radio Silence

Season 20 • Episode 9

The deadliest aviation accidents in both Greek and Taiwanese history.

Wednesday, March 6

Death Race

Season 13 • Episode 2

A modified WWII fighter plane crashes into the crowd at a Nevada air show.

Wednesday, March 6

Blown Away

Season 12 • Episode 2

The investigation into the 2014 crash of a TransAsia flight uncovers a systemic problem.

Wednesday, March 6

Who's In Control

Season 18 • Episode 6

Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 stalls and crashes less than a mile from the runway.

Wednesday, March 6

Killer in the Cockpit?

Season 14 • Episode 6

A look at commercial flights that ended in disaster because of suicidal pilots.

Wednesday, March 6

Missing Pieces

Season 14 • Episode 7

Three air crash investigations in which examiners are pushed to the limit to crack the cases.

Wednesday, March 6

Terror Over Michigan

Season 17 • Episode 6

After a Boeing 727's near-fatal nosedive over Michigan, investigators risk their own lives.

Wednesday, March 6

Kobe Bryant

Season 17 • Episode 10

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant is killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.

Wednesday, March 6

Runway in Sight

Season 20 • Episode 7

If pilots aren't prepared when the runway is in sight, a landing can quickly become a tragedy.

Wednesday, March 6

Deadly Confusion

Season 20 • Episode 8

Wednesday, March 6

Pitch Black

Season 17 • Episode 8

An Illinois turboprop crashes after losing battery power; investigators uncover a series of errors.

Wednesday, March 6

Meltdown Over Kathmandu

Season 16 • Episode 6

A passenger plane comes in like a fighter jet and crashes, killing 51 of the 71 people aboard.

Wednesday, March 6

Deadly Disturbance

Season 14 • Episode 9

How routine flights can turn catastrophic in mere seconds when the pilots become distracted.

Wednesday, March 6

The Plane That Flew Too High

Season 2 • Episode 11

The West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crash ultimately leads to bankruptcy of the troubled airline.

Thursday, March 7

Cold Case

Season 2 • Episode 6

A design flaw on the Fokker F28 causes two similar plane crashes in Ontario and New York.

Thursday, March 7

Free Fall

Season 12 • Episode 7

A computer glitch causes a highly automated Qantas Airways flight to nearly fall out of the sky.

Thursday, March 7

Deadly Inclination

Season 12 • Episode 8

An Alitalia airliner crashes into a forested hillside just a few miles from a Zurich runway.

Thursday, March 7

Unlocking Disaster

Season 18 • Episode 7

Thursday, March 7

Cutting Corners

Season 18 • Episode 11

The 2000 crash of an Alaska Airlines plane just off the California coast.

Thursday, March 7

Accident or Assassination

Season 8 • Episode 8

A plane carrying Mexico's interior minister crashes into Mexico City's financial district.

Friday, March 8

Playing Catch Up

Season 16 • Episode 2

A private jet slams into an Ohio apartment building just a couple of miles from the runway.

Friday, March 8

Tragic Takeoff

Season 16 • Episode 3

Investigators must determine why a twin-engine jet failed to take off.

Friday, March 8

Fanning the Flames

Season 1 • Episode 4

A recovery operation is launched to find out if a 747 was carrying illegal weapons.

Friday, March 8

Ripped Apart

Season 18 • Episode 22

Some design innovations evolve as a result of terrible air disasters.

Friday, March 8

Power Play

Season 19 • Episode 4

Friday, March 8

Runaway Train

Season 18 • Episode 19

A runaway train derails into a neighborhood killing several people.

Friday, March 8

Fire on Board

Season 18 • Episode 9

A Swissair passenger jet catches fire midflight and crashes into the Atlantic.

Friday, March 8

Kathmandu Descent

Season 15 • Episode 1

A challenging descent turns tragic when the pilots miscalculate their approach to an airport.

Friday, March 8

Runway Breakup

Season 15 • Episode 5

Caught in a major tropical storm, a 737 crashes just short of the runway on a Caribbean island.

Friday, March 8

Turboprop Terror

Season 17 • Episode 9

A turboprop stalls and crashes into a North Carolina forest; investigators uncover a safety problem.

Friday, March 8

Lapse in Security

Season 20 • Episode 14

Three horrific aviation disasters are all linked to breakdowns in vital security measures.

Friday, March 8

Blind Spot

Season 3 • Episode 1

In 1978, passengers and seven people on the ground die when a PSA flight crashed into a Cessna.

Friday, March 8

Mayday Munich

Season 3 • Episode 2

Manchester United football team's plane crashes while returning from Yugoslavia, killing 23 aboard.

Friday, March 8

Tree Strike Terror

Season 17 • Episode 7

A passenger jet miraculously survives a collision with trees while landing.

Friday, March 8

What Happened To Malaysian 370?

Season 14 • Episode 11

Leading aviation experts investigate one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

Friday, March 8

Vanishing Act

Season 8 • Episode 3

Varig Flight 254 disappears without a trace over the jungles of Brazil.

Friday, March 8

Vanished

Season 4 • Episode 13

Air France Flight 447 vanishes over the Atlantic in 2009.

Friday, March 8

The Lost Plane

Season 11 • Episode 10

Investigators struggle to understand the crash of Thai Airways Flight 311.

Friday, March 8

What Happened To Malaysian 370?

Season 14 • Episode 11

Leading aviation experts investigate one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

Saturday, March 9

Grounded: Boeing Max 8

Season 16 • Episode 4

Indonesian investigators must determine why a Boeing 737 Max 8 plunged into the Java Sea.

Saturday, March 9

Cabin Catastrophe

Season 16 • Episode 5

A Boeing 737 is rocked by a midair explosion that challenges pilots and nearly ejects a passenger.

Saturday, March 9

Impossible Pitch

Season 15 • Episode 2

Investigating why a cargo jet took a nosedive into the Swedish Arctic at speeds nearing 600 mph.

Saturday, March 9

Who's Flying the Plane?

Season 18 • Episode 24

Aviation disasters that resulted from problems with autopilots and computerized systems.

Saturday, March 9

Head-On Collision

Season 18 • Episode 21

With its conductors sound asleep, a freight train fails to stop and collides with an oncoming train.

Saturday, March 9

Controversial Crashes

Season 14 • Episode 8

Seeing how international investigative teams solve controversial plane crashes.

Sunday, March 10

What Happened To Malaysian 370?

Season 14 • Episode 11

Leading aviation experts investigate one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

Sunday, March 10

No Warning

Season 15 • Episode 8

Investigators must figure out why the safety systems of a turboprop plane failed to prevent a crash.

Sunday, March 10

The Turning Point

Season 11 • Episode 4

A Boeing 767 crashes miles from a South Korean runway; the investigation leads to differing stories.

Sunday, March 10

Delivery to Disaster

Season 19 • Episode 9

Sunday, March 10

Panic on the Runway

Season 2 • Episode 4

In August, 1985, an airplane's engine catches fire as it accelerates.

Sunday, March 10

What Happened To Malaysian 370?

Season 14 • Episode 11

Leading aviation experts investigate one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

Sunday, March 10

Vanishing Act

Season 8 • Episode 3

Varig Flight 254 disappears without a trace over the jungles of Brazil.

Sunday, March 10

Vanished

Season 4 • Episode 13

Air France Flight 447 vanishes over the Atlantic in 2009.

Sunday, March 10

The Lost Plane

Season 11 • Episode 10

Investigators struggle to understand the crash of Thai Airways Flight 311.

Sunday, March 10

What Happened To Malaysian 370?

Season 14 • Episode 11

Leading aviation experts investigate one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

Sunday, March 10

Titanic in the Sky

Season 5 • Episode 11

An emergency landing is forced by pilots after an engine explodes.

Sunday, March 10

Slam Dunk

Season 13 • Episode 10

A quick trip from Washington D.C. to Ohio in 1994 turns deadly.

Sunday, March 10

Communication Breakdown

Season 14 • Episode 1

Misunderstandings between pilots and air traffic controllers cause deadly air disasters.

Monday, March 11

Fatal Friction

Season 14 • Episode 2

Human flaws cause three plane crashes in England, Colorado and Minnesota.

Monday, March 11

Fatal Approach

Season 13 • Episode 3

A false warning in the cockpit triggers a series of pilot errors.

Monday, March 11

The Lost Plane

Season 11 • Episode 10

Investigators struggle to understand the crash of Thai Airways Flight 311.

Monday, March 11

Hockey Team Tragedy

Season 4 • Episode 9

The plane crash that wiped out one of Russia's most popular hockey teams.

Monday, March 11

Deadly Solution

Season 10 • Episode 9

A captain's decision leads to a deadly stall over the Java Sea.

Monday, March 11

Mystery Over the Mediterranean

Season 19 • Episode 10

Monday, March 11

Atlantic Ditching

Season 15 • Episode 7

A helicopter carrying offshore drilling workers crashes into the ocean, leading to an investigation.

Monday, March 11

Edge of Disaster

Season 9 • Episode 9

Atlantic Airways Flight 670 careened off the runway and became engulfed in flames.

Monday, March 11

North Sea Nightmare

Season 16 • Episode 1

A modern turboprop nosedives towards the North Sea after being struck by lightning.

Monday, March 11

Dead Tired

Season 18 • Episode 4

Colgan Air Flight 3407 stalls at low altitude and crashes in a residential area near Buffalo.

Monday, March 11

Massacre Over The Mediterranean

Season 5 • Episode 7

An Italian passenger plane is blown out of the sky.

Monday, March 11

No Clear Options

Season 8 • Episode 9

When a commuter turboprop plane crashes at an Irish airport, investigators uncover a startling gap.

Monday, March 11

Deadly Crossroads

Season 18 • Episode 16

A Bashkirian Airlines Flight collides with a DHL Flight in German airspace near Überlingen.

Monday, March 11

Fatal Flaw

Season 18 • Episode 23

Accidents caused by minor defects or errors.

Monday, March 11

Double Trouble

Season 17 • Episode 4

A plan suffers an in-flight separation of its two right engines while en route to Kano, Nigeria.

Monday, March 11

A Wounded Bird

Season 18 • Episode 14

A blade on the left-side propeller of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 breaks off.

Monday, March 11

Target Is Destroyed

Season 2 • Episode 2

Korean Airlines Flight 007 is shot down by a fighter jet when it enters Soviet airspace.

Monday, March 11

Deadly Pitch

Season 13 • Episode 5

An anonymous tip helps uncover the cause of a cargo plane crash in Miami.

Monday, March 11

Kid in the Cockpit

Season 6 • Episode 9

A pilot's decision to let his 15-year-old son fly has disastrous consequences.

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