• Thursday 20 January 2022 at 10:00AM
  • National Geographic


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, success of aviation history is punctuated with disaster and catastrophe. It's rare, but it dose 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: North Sea Nightmare
    En route to the Shetland Islands, a high-tech turboprop is struck by lightning, temporarily blinding the crew and disabling their controls. The pilots declare a Mayday as the plane plunges into a terrifying nosedive. Just seconds before impact, they manage to regain control. And once they're safely on the ground, investigators uncover an unusual feature in the plane that plays a key role in this calamity.
  • Air Crash Investigation: Playing Catch Up
    A private jet shuttling business passengers to Akron, Ohio slams into an apartment building less than two miles from the runway, instantly killing all nine people on board. Investigators scour the wreckage, but find few valuable clues. That is, until they plot the radar data and eventually uncover an erratic descent, a puzzling delay, and a tragic perfect storm.
  • Air Crash Investigation: Tragic Takeoffs
    An early-morning flight from Lexington, Kentucky ends in disaster when a twin-engine jet careens off the tarmac.
  • Air Crash Investigation: Grounded: Boeing Max 8
    Indonesian investigators must determine why a Boeing 737 Max8-one of the best-selling new airplanes on Earth-plunged into the Java Sea.
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    Thursday 20 January 2022 at 10:00AM - National Geographic
  • Air Crash Investigation: Cabin Catastrophe
    A mid-air explosion rocks Southwest Airlines 1380. While pilots struggle to regain control, flight attendants make a horrifying discovery.
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    Friday 21 January 2022 at 10:00AM - National Geographic
  • Air Crash Investigation: Meltdown Over Kathmandu
    Landing at one of the world's most challenging airports, a passenger plane comes in like a fighter jet, skids off the runway, and bursts into flames.
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    Friday 28 January 2022 at 10:00AM - National Geographic
  • Air Crash Investigation: Mission Disaster
    On a refuelling mission during the Gulf War, a US Air Force tanker plane loses two engines. The crew struggles to fly their damaged plane to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia without radio support. It’s up to a military investigator to figure out if mechanical failure or an act of war caused the spectacular blowout.
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    Monday 24 January 2022 at 10:00AM - National Geographic
  • Air Crash Investigation: Caught In A Jam
    On final approach through thick clouds, a commuter turboprop in New Zealand slams into hilly terrain. Rescuers struggle to locate the crash site while survivors’s lives hang in the balance. And then it’s up to investigators to figure out what went wrong. It’s clear there was a problem with the plane’s landing gear, but the search for an explanation inevitably leads them to the cockpit.
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    Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 10:00AM - National Geographic
  • Air Crash Investigation: Episode 9
    Just after takeoff from Montreal, the pilots of Propair 420 are hit with dual hydraulic failure and an engine fire. Struggling to fly the plane, they manage to turn around and are seconds from landing when their turboprop flips over and crashes, killing everyone on board. Investigators are on site within hours, and must determine what caused a deadly cascade of failures—in only five minutes.
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    Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 10:00AM - National Geographic
  • Air Crash Investigation: Episode 10
    Facing poor visibility, an overnight cargo flight is on final approach to an Alabama airport when it hits a grove of trees and crashes a mile short of the runway. Investigators are on the scene within hours. But after pouring over the cockpit conversations and running the flight through a simulator, they’re forced to take an unusual approach to determine what went wrong aboard UPS Flight 1354.
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    Thursday 27 January 2022 at 10:00AM - National Geographic