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A plummeting plane that sliced an apartment complex in two. A smoke-filled cockpit that forced pilots into a blind landing. A reopened investigation of the controversial crash that killed a UN secretary. This season, we examine some of the worst Air Disasters to date. Some ended in triumph, some in tragedy, and all led to changes in the aviation industry to make air travel safer. Official reports and interviews with the pilots, ATC, and lucky survivors bring these stories to life.

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A plummeting plane that sliced an apartment complex in two. A smoke-filled cockpit that forced pilots into a blind landing. A reopened investigation of the controversial crash that killed a UN secretary. This season, we examine some of the worst Air Disasters to date. Some ended in triumph, some in tragedy, and all led to changes in the aviation industry to make air travel safer. Official reports and interviews with the pilots, ATC, and lucky survivors bring these stories to life.

    • EPISODE 1

    Fatal Transmission

    A small airport with intersecting runways and no control tower. A mysterious transmission that may have steered a plane into danger. And a malfunctioning air stair door that turned a survivable accident into one of the worst runway disasters in American history. See how small failures culminated in a tragedy that took the lives of everyone on board United Express Flight 5925 at Quincy Regional Airport in Illinois on November 19, 1996. Then follow the investigation that highlighted the importance of listening to preflight safety briefings.

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    • 44 Minutes

    A small airport with intersecting runways and no control tower. A mysterious transmission that may have steered a plane into danger. And a malfunctioning air stair door that turned a survivable accident into one of the worst runway disasters in American history. See how small failures culminated in a tragedy that took the lives of everyone on board United Express Flight 5925 at Quincy Regional Airport in Illinois on November 19, 1996. Then follow the investigation that highlighted the importance of listening to preflight safety briefings.

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    • 44 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Terror in San Francisco

    It's July 6th, 2013, and Asiana Airlines Flight 214 nears the end of an overnight trip from Seoul to San Francisco. It's a perfect day for flying, but as the pilots prepare for landing, something goes horribly wrong. The aircraft comes in too low and slams into the seawall at the edge of the runway before careening across the tarmac. Eyewitness videos capture the dramatic scene as hundreds of passengers appear from the smoking fuselage. Join the investigation as air safety experts attempt to figure out what exactly doomed the Boeing 777.

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    It's July 6th, 2013, and Asiana Airlines Flight 214 nears the end of an overnight trip from Seoul to San Francisco. It's a perfect day for flying, but as the pilots prepare for landing, something goes horribly wrong. The aircraft comes in too low and slams into the seawall at the edge of the runway before careening across the tarmac. Eyewitness videos capture the dramatic scene as hundreds of passengers appear from the smoking fuselage. Join the investigation as air safety experts attempt to figure out what exactly doomed the Boeing 777.

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    • EPISODE 3

    High Rise Catastrophe

    An El Al cargo jet heading from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv suddenly begins rolling violently just seven minutes after takeoff. The pilots struggle to turn the crippled plane back towards the airport, but minutes before landing, another sudden roll sends the aircraft plummeting to Earth and straight into a high-rise apartment complex. 43 die in the crash and a nation demands answers. Investigators search for a cause of the Netherlands' worst ever airline disaster. What they find is a potentially lethal problem threatening every 747 in the sky.

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    An El Al cargo jet heading from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv suddenly begins rolling violently just seven minutes after takeoff. The pilots struggle to turn the crippled plane back towards the airport, but minutes before landing, another sudden roll sends the aircraft plummeting to Earth and straight into a high-rise apartment complex. 43 die in the crash and a nation demands answers. Investigators search for a cause of the Netherlands' worst ever airline disaster. What they find is a potentially lethal problem threatening every 747 in the sky.

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    • 44 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Fatal Focus

    What caused Garuda Flight 200 to slam to the ground and careen off the runway in Yogyakarta, Indonesia? Was it a powerful downdraft? Was there something wrong with the wing flaps? Or did a baffling decision by the pilot lead to the death of 21 people? Join us as we investigate the crash of March 7, 2007, through actual video captured at the scene and testimony from a heroic passenger who survived the disaster. Then see how the investigation led the troubled airline to overhaul its training and safety protocols.

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    • 44 Minutes

    What caused Garuda Flight 200 to slam to the ground and careen off the runway in Yogyakarta, Indonesia? Was it a powerful downdraft? Was there something wrong with the wing flaps? Or did a baffling decision by the pilot lead to the death of 21 people? Join us as we investigate the crash of March 7, 2007, through actual video captured at the scene and testimony from a heroic passenger who survived the disaster. Then see how the investigation led the troubled airline to overhaul its training and safety protocols.

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    • EPISODE 5

    Fatal Delivery

    Shortly after taking off from Dubai, UPS Flight 6 catches fire. With flames spreading throughout the main deck, the pilots make a desperate attempt to return to the airport for an emergency landing. But critical systems are failing, the pilot has collapsed, smoke is filling the cockpit, and the first officer cannot see his instruments. The only way to land is to improvise an emergency procedure, but shaky communications with controllers and poor visibility inside and outside the plane will make for a nearly impossible landing.

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    Shortly after taking off from Dubai, UPS Flight 6 catches fire. With flames spreading throughout the main deck, the pilots make a desperate attempt to return to the airport for an emergency landing. But critical systems are failing, the pilot has collapsed, smoke is filling the cockpit, and the first officer cannot see his instruments. The only way to land is to improvise an emergency procedure, but shaky communications with controllers and poor visibility inside and outside the plane will make for a nearly impossible landing.

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    • EPISODE 6

    Carnage in Sao Paolo

    Not far from Congonhas Airport, a Sao Paulo neighborhood is in flames. It's a scene of devastation caused by a TAM Airlines plane that crashed just seconds after takeoff. With a shocked nation watching, investigators from the Brazilian Air Force join forces with the National Transportation Safety Board to learn what happened. After combing through more than a hundred parameters in search of a lead, they determine a series of malfunctions caused the accident, coupled with a mechanical failure so rare that pilots had received no training for it.

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    Not far from Congonhas Airport, a Sao Paulo neighborhood is in flames. It's a scene of devastation caused by a TAM Airlines plane that crashed just seconds after takeoff. With a shocked nation watching, investigators from the Brazilian Air Force join forces with the National Transportation Safety Board to learn what happened. After combing through more than a hundred parameters in search of a lead, they determine a series of malfunctions caused the accident, coupled with a mechanical failure so rare that pilots had received no training for it.

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    • 44 Minutes
    • EPISODE 7

    Deadly Delay

    Just seconds after taking off from Madrid International Airport, Spanair Flight 5022 rolls to the right and slams into a riverbank beside the runway. In spite of the massive rescue effort, only 18 of the 172 people on board survive. Spain quickly recruits an international team of experts to investigate this puzzling disaster. How could a sophisticated jet, manned by an experienced crew, crash on takeoff? A long preflight delay, an airline in financial trouble, and a blazing August afternoon may help provide the answer.

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    Just seconds after taking off from Madrid International Airport, Spanair Flight 5022 rolls to the right and slams into a riverbank beside the runway. In spite of the massive rescue effort, only 18 of the 172 people on board survive. Spain quickly recruits an international team of experts to investigate this puzzling disaster. How could a sophisticated jet, manned by an experienced crew, crash on takeoff? A long preflight delay, an airline in financial trouble, and a blazing August afternoon may help provide the answer.

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    • EPISODE 8

    Steep Impact

    The 1991 crash of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 to Brunswick, Georgia claims the lives of a NASA astronaut and a former U.S. senator and becomes an international media sensation. Commuter planes like this twin-turboprop aircraft aren't required to carry flight recorders, so investigators must rely on physical evidence to find the cause of the disaster. The strange angle of one of the propeller blades seems to offer an explanation, but in order to prove the detectives' theory, they'll need to take a huge and potentially lethal gamble.

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    The 1991 crash of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 to Brunswick, Georgia claims the lives of a NASA astronaut and a former U.S. senator and becomes an international media sensation. Commuter planes like this twin-turboprop aircraft aren't required to carry flight recorders, so investigators must rely on physical evidence to find the cause of the disaster. The strange angle of one of the propeller blades seems to offer an explanation, but in order to prove the detectives' theory, they'll need to take a huge and potentially lethal gamble.

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    • EPISODE 9

    Edge of Disaster

    A routine landing on the Norwegian island of Stord turns fatal for Atlantic Airways Flight 670 when the commuter plane skids out of control, off the runway, and down a steep cliff. With several exits blocked, and the plane engulfed in flames, 16 people onboard scramble to escape. Revisit the harrowing crash, and follow investigators as they search for possible causes for the disaster, from a slight tailwind to a wet runway to a hidden flaw in the plane's design.

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    A routine landing on the Norwegian island of Stord turns fatal for Atlantic Airways Flight 670 when the commuter plane skids out of control, off the runway, and down a steep cliff. With several exits blocked, and the plane engulfed in flames, 16 people onboard scramble to escape. Revisit the harrowing crash, and follow investigators as they search for possible causes for the disaster, from a slight tailwind to a wet runway to a hidden flaw in the plane's design.

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    • 44 Minutes
    • EPISODE 10

    Deadly Mission

    It's 1961. Air traffic controllers and local dignitaries in Ndola, Africa await the arrival of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, flying in on a top-secret peace mission. But the plane never arrives, and is found the next morning crashed and burning just a few miles from the airport. For decades, conspiracy theories have suggested that the plane was shot down. Now, startling new claims from a former U.S. intelligence officer have triggered a new investigation to get to the bottom of this controversial, decades-long aviation mystery.

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    • 44 Minutes

    It's 1961. Air traffic controllers and local dignitaries in Ndola, Africa await the arrival of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, flying in on a top-secret peace mission. But the plane never arrives, and is found the next morning crashed and burning just a few miles from the airport. For decades, conspiracy theories have suggested that the plane was shot down. Now, startling new claims from a former U.S. intelligence officer have triggered a new investigation to get to the bottom of this controversial, decades-long aviation mystery.

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    • 44 Minutes
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