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Air Disasters

Cast of 'Air Disasters'

  • Bill Ratner

Air Disasters

Statistically, traveling by airplane is safer than driving and other forms of transportation, but when something goes wrong during a flight, it can be catastrophic with potentially hundreds of lives at stake. This series examines some of 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. Episodes include a discussion of how the weather affects flights -- including stories of aviation disasters and near-misses -- and a New Year's Eve flight that fell from the sky into the Florida Everglades.

Premiere:
May 15, 2011
Original Network:
Smithsonian HD Network
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All Upcoming Times for Air Disasters

Episode Air Date Channel

Break up Over Texas

S03, E06  (First Aired: Apr. 7, 2013)
Near the end of its flight, Continental Express Flight 2574 suffers wing damage and goes into a dive falling out of the sky.
  • Sat 4/29
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
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Death of the President

S04, E10  (First Aired: Aug. 10, 2014)
The air disaster that claimed the President of Poland's life, Lech Kaczynski.
  • Sat 4/29
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • 163
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Getting Out Alive

S05, E09  (First Aired: Apr. 5, 2015)
Air accident survival stories; keeping passengers and crews alive when disaster strikes.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 163
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Concorde: Up in Flames

S08, E04  (First Aired: Jan. 29, 2017)
An Air France Concorde crashes into a Paris hotel after takeoff on July 25, 2000.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 163
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Subtle Incapacitation

S04, E11  (First Aired: Aug. 17, 2014)
The 2010 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 sparks rumors of terrorism.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 163
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Out of Control

S04, E14  (First Aired: Aug. 30, 2015)
A simple error years prior causes the deadliest single-plane crash in history.
  • Tue 5/2
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
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  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
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Under Pressure

S03, E07  (First Aired: Apr. 14, 2013)
On July 11, 1991, the crew of Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 unsuccessfully tries to return to the airport after a burst tire creates an in-flight fire which causes 247 Nigerian pilgrims and 14 crew to perish.
  • Wed 5/3
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 163
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Choosing Sides

(First Aired: Mar. 6, 2015)
British Midland Flight 92 slams into Britain's busy M1 motorway and it seems like a rare case of dual engine failure, but investigators learn the real cause was a tragic misunderstanding.
  • Thu 5/4
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 163
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Testing the Limits

(First Aired: Oct. 23, 2016)
The first-ever 767 plane crash in history: Lauda Air Flight 004.
  • Thu 5/4
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • 163
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Under Pressure

S03, E07  (First Aired: Apr. 14, 2013)
On July 11, 1991, the crew of Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 unsuccessfully tries to return to the airport after a burst tire creates an in-flight fire which causes 247 Nigerian pilgrims and 14 crew to perish.
  • Thu 5/4
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 163
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  • 780
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Choosing Sides

(First Aired: Mar. 6, 2015)
British Midland Flight 92 slams into Britain's busy M1 motorway and it seems like a rare case of dual engine failure, but investigators learn the real cause was a tragic misunderstanding.
  • Fri 5/5
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
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  • 780
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Testing the Limits

(First Aired: Oct. 23, 2016)
The first-ever 767 plane crash in history: Lauda Air Flight 004.
  • Fri 5/5
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 163
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  • 780
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Under Pressure

S03, E07  (First Aired: Apr. 14, 2013)
On July 11, 1991, the crew of Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 unsuccessfully tries to return to the airport after a burst tire creates an in-flight fire which causes 247 Nigerian pilgrims and 14 crew to perish.
  • Sat 5/6
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
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  • 780
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Subtle Incapacitation

S04, E11  (First Aired: Aug. 17, 2014)
The 2010 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 sparks rumors of terrorism.
  • Sat 5/6
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • 163
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  • 780
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Kid in the Cockpit

(First Aired: Feb. 28, 2016)
A pilot's decision to let his 15-year-old son fly has disastrous consequences on a commercial flight.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM
  • 163
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  • Mon 5/8
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
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Accident or Assassination

S08, E05  (First Aired: Feb. 12, 2017)
A plane carrying Mexico's interior minister crashes into Mexico City's financial district.
  • Mon 5/8
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 163
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Seconds to Survive

S04, E12  (First Aired: Aug. 24, 2014)
Santa Barbara Airlines Flight 518 disappears in the Andes Mountains.
  • Mon 5/8
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 163
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Fight for Your Life

(First Aired: Aug. 23, 2015)
Three FedEx employees must regain control of their plane when a coworker attacks them in midair.
  • Tue 5/9
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
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The Invisible Plane

S03, E08  (First Aired: Apr. 21, 2013)
SAS Flight 686 takes off from Milan's Linate Airport and moments later collides with a Cessna on the runway.
  • Wed 5/10
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 163
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Vanishing Act

(First Aired: Mar. 20, 2015)
Investigators face a mystery when Varig Flight 254 disappears without a trace over the jungles of Brazil.
  • Thu 5/11
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 163
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Sideswiped

S08, E01  (First Aired: Jan. 8, 2017)
A Boeing 737 leaving Panama City crashes into one of the most remote and treacherous jungles on the planet.
  • Thu 5/11
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • 163
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The Invisible Plane

S03, E08  (First Aired: Apr. 21, 2013)
SAS Flight 686 takes off from Milan's Linate Airport and moments later collides with a Cessna on the runway.
  • Thu 5/11
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 163
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Vanishing Act

(First Aired: Mar. 20, 2015)
Investigators face a mystery when Varig Flight 254 disappears without a trace over the jungles of Brazil.
  • Fri 5/12
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 163
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Sideswiped

S08, E01  (First Aired: Jan. 8, 2017)
A Boeing 737 leaving Panama City crashes into one of the most remote and treacherous jungles on the planet.
  • Fri 5/12
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
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