Air Disasters, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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Harrowing stories of tragedy and triumph are brought to life through official reports, transcripts and interviews with the pilots, air traffic controllers and lucky survivors of history's most terrify crashes. From the cockpit to the cabin to the control room to the crash scene, we uncover just what went wrong.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInvisible Killer||As the passengers and crew of Flight 191 to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport prepared for landing, a deadly force took shape in their path. In a matter of 47 seconds, the plane was sent rocketing toward a busy highway less than a mile from reaching its destination. Critical decisions and missed information conspire against the pilots, and in a fiery culmination, 136 lives are lost. Relive the harrowing events of August 2, 1985, and see how investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board identified the mysterious cause of the crash, a discovery that helped stop the invisible killer from ever striking again.||46:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGimli Glider||It was a brand new, state-of-the-art 767, a 95-ton flying machine that suddenly lost its ability to fly. At an altitude of over 26,000 feet, fuel pressure was low, but for the pilots of Air Canada Flight 143, the pressure was at an all-time high. How could they land a jumbo plane with no working engines? Where could they land it? Journey back to 1983 and enter the cockpit, the cabin and the control towers as witness accounts, official records, and dramatic recreations combine to bring this doomsday flight to life.||46:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBehind Closed Doors||An explosion rips a gaping hole in the cabin of a brand new DC-10, but not because of a bomb. A design flaw to the rear cargo door is the reason American Airlines Flight 96 from Detroit to Buffalo plummets to Earth just minutes after takeoff. Fortunately, the plane safely lands. Unfortunately, a similar blast rocks another DC-10 just two years later, this time with deadly consequences. The crash of Turkish Airlines Flight 981 in Paris in 1974 is the worst air disaster of its time, but why did it happen? And why was the faulty door never fixed?||46:07||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFanning the Flames||When South African Airways Flight 295 caught fire and crashed at sea in 1987, rumors swirled that it was the target of a terrorist attack. Getting to the bottom of this catastrophic mystery meant going to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, an unprecedented recovery operation that took months and cost millions to complete. Relive this nightmare flight to Johannesburg and join the investigation, as pilot decisions, plane designs, emergency checklists, and even South Africa's tyrannical Apartheid government are all called into question.||46:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDead Weight||Seconds after take-off, Air Midwest Flight 5481, a small commuter plane leaving Charlotte, NC, suddenly pitches up, stalls, and crashes to Earth. The investigation that follows reveals that the plane's elevator control cables were improperly installed. More disturbing though, it brings to light an antiquated practice that if not revised, could put the lives of millions of small plane passengers in jeopardy. Interviews with eyewitnesses, first responders, and the NTSB's lead investigator of the disaster bring this history-making tragedy to life.||46:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSouthern Storm||The crew of a DC-9 find themselves in a violent storm. Rain and baseball-sized hail hammer the aircraft and shatter the windshield. When both engines fail, the pilots must land their plane on a rural Georgia highway, a maneuver that ultimately costs the lives of eighty people. Piece together the series of miscues and coincidences that caused the crash, detailed through official records, dramatic recreations, interviews with the survivors, plus one incredible account from a woman whose home became a triage center to those who survived the crash.||46:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoExplosive Evidence||The jumbo jet was named Kanishka after an Indian emperor, and was considered a “palace in the sky,” but in an instant it crashed to sea after exploding in midair. Was it a tragic accident or an act of terrorism, and what do Sanyo stereo tuners, an explosion thousands of miles away, and the name “M. Singh” have to do with it? Join the bizarre and frustrating investigation of Air India Flight 182, reexamined and reassembled through official reports, cockpit voice recordings, expert testimony, and a harrowing recreation of the air disaster.||46:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMixed Signals||How could a multibillion-dollar air traffic control systeMoments after takeoff, the pilots of Birgenair Flight 301 are baffled by confusing and conflicting signals and alarms. They’re told the plane is flying too fast, and then warned that they’re traveling too slowly and in danger of stalling. Bewildered, the pilots of the Boeing 757 struggle to keep the 100-ton machine in the air, but within five minutes of taking off, the plane plummets into the ocean, killing all on board. Investigators comb the wreckage for clues and soon discover tiny clues that ultimately brought down this massive jet.m fail to detect two planes on a collision course? And how did a state-of-the-art business plane fail to alert its pilots to the 737 heading straight for it? The investigation of a 2006 crash over the Amazon Rainforest uncovered a string of technological and human errors, which that led to criminal charges and an unprecedented crisis in Brazilian aviation. Follow this investigation, recreated though dramatic reenactments, official reports, cockpit voice recordings and eyewitness accounts.||46:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFatal Distraction||It’s December 1972 and 163 passengers are flying to Miami to ring in the New Year. Eastern Airlines Flight 401 is preparing to land when the nose gear indicator light fails to light up. The crew puts the plane on autopilot and investigates the bulb, unaware that they are slowly descending and heading straight for the Florida Everglades. Minutes later, aviation’s first jumbo jet disaster occurs, and 99 lives are lost. Investigators determine that the plane was sound, and its autopilot was working, so why did it fall from the sky, and how did the crew miss it?||46:04||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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A fantastic series finally on iTunes years too late
This series is one of my all-time favorites, giving both dramatic re-enactment of major air disasters and the reasons behind them. I like the detailed explanations, which show how even the smallest things can lead to big consequences ("its the small things that matter...") and how our complicated systems, involving both people and machines, will always be fallible in some way. And I like to think that being better educated from these shows, I will have a higher chance of survival if I were ever to be involved in some disaster myself. The production design, stories, and editing are all excellent. However, this series is coming to iTunes years too late, as there are already 70 episodes that have been aired since 2003 (aired as "Mayday" or "Air Crash Investigation" outside of the U.S.), and the shows posted here are U.S. versions of vintage Canadian or UK shows that were actually aired years ago. Would be nice if iTunes could offer the currently produced episodes (seasons 11 and 12) as they come out later this year and next year--even if they are considered "foreign" shows.
Air Disasters is very interesting and i would recommend this to anyone that likes planes, documentaries and how things work. I love history, planes and documentaries and to be able to rent the episodes is even better, if you don't want to own the season. Personally I don't like to own movies/episodes because it isn't much use after you have finished watching it, plus takes up quite a bit of memory.
To all that get the episodes, Enjoy !
Exciting, Informative and Chilling
I have to agree with poster seentoomany in that this series has been too long in coming and that there are a huge amount of episodes that have not yet made it to iTunes or on TV, for that matter.
Anyone who likes investigative shows will want to watch Air Disasters. Along with chilling recreations of what it must have been like during these unfortunate flights, a good part of each episode follows the researchers who dedicated themselves to tracking down exactly what went wrong--and the sometimes obscure and surprising reasons why a modern aircraft would suddenly and inexplicably fail. A must for anyone interested in aircraft, modern aviation and a good detective story to boot.
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- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: May 15, 2011
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