TV Listings

Print HELP
Cablevision of Woodbury - Digital (11747)
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
  • Rate this show:
    5.0 / 5.0
    Avg. 5.0 (5 ratings)
  • Share

All Upcoming Times for Air Disasters

Episode Air Date Channel

I'm the Problem

S03, E03  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 2013)
Moments before Pacific Southwest Flight 1771 crashes on a cattle ranch in California, gunshots are heard in the cabin.
  • Mon 6/26
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Lost in Translation

S05, E03  (First Aired: Feb. 22, 2015)
The crash of a small commuter jet in Switzerland has plenty of clues but not enough concrete answers.
  • Mon 6/26
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Miracle Escape

S05, E13  (First Aired: Mar. 13, 2016)
Passengers and crew escape a jet that skid off the runway before catching fire.
  • Tue 6/27
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD
  •  
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

I'm the Problem

S03, E03  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 2013)
Moments before Pacific Southwest Flight 1771 crashes on a cattle ranch in California, gunshots are heard in the cabin.
  • Wed 6/28
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Pilot vs. Plane

S02, E07  (First Aired: Jul. 29, 2012)
Air France Flight 296 fails to regain altitude after performing a flyby during an air show at Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport.
  • Thu 6/29
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

System Breakdown

S02, E08  (First Aired: Aug. 5, 2012)
Five aviation disasters and the changes they have forced air-traffic controllers to make.
  • Thu 6/29
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Pushed to the Limit

S04, E04  (First Aired: May. 18, 2014)
A SilkAir Flight 185's plunge is suspicious.
  • Thu 6/29
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Pilot vs. Plane

S02, E07  (First Aired: Jul. 29, 2012)
Air France Flight 296 fails to regain altitude after performing a flyby during an air show at Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport.
  • Fri 6/30
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

System Breakdown

S02, E08  (First Aired: Aug. 5, 2012)
Five aviation disasters and the changes they have forced air-traffic controllers to make.
  • Fri 6/30
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Impossible Landing

S03, E04  (First Aired: Mar. 24, 2013)
A shocking look at the fate of United Airlines Flight 232 which crashed into Sioux City's runway in 1989 causing a subsequent explosion that left 111 people dead.
  • Mon 7/3
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Tragedy on the Potomac

S05, E04  (First Aired: Mar. 1, 2015)
A plane plunges into the frozen Potomac River in 1982.
  • Mon 7/3
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Falling From the Sky

S05, E14  (First Aired: Mar. 20, 2016)
A British Airways flight to Australia in 1982 crashes into the Indian Ocean.
  • Tue 7/4
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD
  •  
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Impossible Landing

S03, E04  (First Aired: Mar. 24, 2013)
A shocking look at the fate of United Airlines Flight 232 which crashed into Sioux City's runway in 1989 causing a subsequent explosion that left 111 people dead.
  • Wed 7/5
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

The Final Blow

S02, E09  (First Aired: Aug. 12, 2012)
An Air Inter flight crashes into the Vosges Mountains while attempting to land killing most of the 96 passengers.
  • Thu 7/6
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Cleared for Disaster

S02, E10  (First Aired: Aug. 19, 2012)
An air traffic controller's mistake causes a Boeing 737 to land on a runway already occupied by another aircraft.
  • Thu 7/6
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Blind Landing

S04, E05  (First Aired: Jun. 1, 2014)
After a violent hailstorm brings down a plane in the middle of the Amazon, the investigation is compromised by local villagers.
  • Thu 7/6
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

The Final Blow

S02, E09  (First Aired: Aug. 12, 2012)
An Air Inter flight crashes into the Vosges Mountains while attempting to land killing most of the 96 passengers.
  • Fri 7/7
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Cleared for Disaster

S02, E10  (First Aired: Aug. 19, 2012)
An air traffic controller's mistake causes a Boeing 737 to land on a runway already occupied by another aircraft.
  • Fri 7/7
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Impossible Landing

S03, E04  (First Aired: Mar. 24, 2013)
A shocking look at the fate of United Airlines Flight 232 which crashed into Sioux City's runway in 1989 causing a subsequent explosion that left 111 people dead.
  • Sat 7/8
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD

Tragedy on the Potomac

S05, E04  (First Aired: Mar. 1, 2015)
A plane plunges into the frozen Potomac River in 1982.
  • Sat 7/8
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • 163
  • SMITH
  •  
  •  
  • 780
  • SMTHHD