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.
1. Scratching the Surface
Twenty minutes after taking off from Taipei, a China Airlines 747 suddenly disappears from radar. A massive rescue mission is launched — but all 225 passengers and crew are dead.
2. Lockerbie Disaster
December 21, 1988 - Shortly after taking off from Heathrow Airport, Pan Am Flight 103 suddenly explodes in the skies above Lockerbie, Scotland.
3. Blown Apart
September 8, 1989 - On a charter trip from Oslo to Hamburg, Partnair Flight 94 is cruising at 22,000 feet -- when it suddenly begins diving toward the sea.
4. Sight Unseen
November 12th, 1996 — Shortly after take off from New Delhi, Saudi Airways Flight 763 levels off at 14,000 feet. As the crew waits for clearance to climb to their cruising altitude, the plane is hit by a Kazakhstan Airlines jet.
5. Operation Babylift
April 4, 1975 — Nearly 250 Vietnamese babies and children are loaded onto an Air Force C5A Galaxy, one of the world’s largest planes. But after a steep and rapid ascent to get out of missile range, the aircraft’s cargo door is violently blown off.
6. Falling Fast
It’s August 6th, 2005, Tuninter Flight 1153 is flying to the Tunisian resort island of Djerba. It’s high above the Mediterranean when, suddenly, its right engine fails. The plane begins falling towards the sea.
7. Flight 574:Lost
January 1, 2007 - After taking off from Indonesia’s Suribaya airport, Adam Air Flight 574 settles in for the two-hour trip to Manado. But somewhere over the Java Sea, the plane hits turbulence, and air traffic controllers notice the aircraft is hundreds of miles off course - and headed for a major storm.
Great series. Very topical with all that's going on with Boeing. Loving these doc series.
Well-documented series. I can't imagine the horror survivors and victims must have felt moments before impact. (I didn't understand why the pilot in S1:E6 was charged with criminal negligence. He reported the faulty fuel gauge, but it wasn't his fault the mechanics replaced it with the wrong one. Should he have been responsible for checking to make sure the part was the correct one?) Would like to see more episodes, particularly those where the pilots were able to troubleshoot and course-correct in mid-air and/or land relatively safely despite engine/mechanical failure. Curious to also know whether there have been any advances to try and make ditching less dangerous.
Wow. Really interesting. Would love more seasons
Thought Air Disasters was so interesting.was very well done.
This was a fascinating series. More?