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National Geographic ChannelNat Geo Wild

  • Sunday 31 July at 8:00PM
  • National Geographic Channel


Flying is one of the safest forms of transport.

But what happens when tragedy strikes?

From human error and accidents to mechanical faults and design flaws, the success of aviation history is punctuated with disaster and catastrophe.

It’s rare, but it does happen.

Follow experts as they determine what went wrong and work out how to prevent these horrific tragedies from happening again.

Examine the wrecks and official records, and hear from eyewitnesses, passengers and aviation experts as we reconstruct some of the most tragic disasters in aviation history.

Air Crash Investigation looks at what went wrong and how future disasters can be averted.


  • Air Crash Investigation: Fatal Transmission
    A 1996 collision between United Express 5925 and a private plane leaves investigators stumped until they learn a missing pilot played a role.
  • Air Crash Investigation: Terror in San Francisco
    When Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashes at San Francisco Airport, investigators discover an issue that could be putting passengers at risk.
  • Air Crash Investigation: High Rise Catastrophe
    In 1992, Flight 1862 from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv suffered a catastrophic crash. Investigators discover a lethal problem threatening every 747.
  • Air Crash Investigation: Fatal Delivery
    Shortly after taking off, a fire breaks out on UPS Flight 6. As smoke fills the cockpit, getting the plane safely back is a race against time.
  • Air Crash Investigation: Deadly Mission
    On a secret mission over Africa with the UN Secretary General on board, the United Nations DC-6 mysteriously crashes ten miles from the runway.
  • Air Crash Investigation: Edge Of Disaster
    On a routine stop at the tiny Norwegian island of Stord, Atlantic Airways Flight 670 mysteriously careers off the runway and down an embankment.
  • Air Crash Investigation: Fatal Delay
    When Spanair Flight 5022 slams into a creek and bursts into flames, killing 154 people, it is Spain's worst aviation disaster in decades.
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    Monday 15 August at 3:00PM - National Geographic Channel
  • Air Crash Investigation: Fatal Focus
    After a routine flight from Jakarta, Garuda Flight 200 hits the ground so hard it bounces violently before careering off the end of the runway.
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    Friday 12 August at 4:00PM - National Geographic Channel
  • Air Crash Investigation: Steep Impact
    When a crash in Georgia kills 23, including an astronaut and a US senator, an investigator puts his reputation on the line to find the truth.
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    Thursday 11 August at 3:00PM - National Geographic Channel
  • Air Crash Investigation: Carnage in Sao Paulo
    Seconds after taking off, TAM Airlines flight 402 slammed into a residential neighbourhood bursting into flames, killing all 95 people on board.
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    Wednesday 10 August at 3:00PM - National Geographic Channel
    Monday 22 August at 12:00AM - National Geographic Channel