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.
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Runway Runoff 18x05
On 20 December 2008, Continental Airlines Flight 1404 veers off the side of the runway, skids across the taxiway and aservice roadand crashes into a ravine while taking off fromDenver International AirportinDenver,Colorado. All 115 passengers and crew members on board survive.
Fatal Approach 18x04
On 4 April 1994, KLM Cityhopper Flight 433 crashes into a field while attempting an emergency landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, killing 3 of the 24 people on board. The cause of the crash was the pilots' inadequate use of the flight controls during an asymmetric go-around.
Borderline Tactics 18x03
On 18 August 1993, American International Airways Flight 808 stalls, rolls to the right and crashes into the ground 1 quarter of a mile short of the runway while manoeuvring onto final approach to Leeward Point Airfield inGuantánamo Bay, Cuba. All 3 crew members on board survive.
Death Race 18x02
On 16 September 2011, a vintage fighter aircraft named The Galloping Ghost crashes into spectators during the Reno Air Races, killing the pilot, James Leeward, and 10 people on the ground. The cause of the crash were reused single-use locknuts in the left elevatortrim tabsystem that loosened.
Deadly Descent 18x01
On 13 April 2010, Cathay Pacific Flight 780 suffers a duel engine failure while nearingHong Kong International Airportat the end of a flight fromJuanda International Airport, Indonesia. The aircraft makes an emergency landing at almost twice the speed of a normal landing. All 322 people on board survive.
Fire on Board 17x20
This special looked at disasters caused by fires, either on the ground or in the air.
Deadly Distractions 17x19
This special looked at how pilots' deviation from cockpit duties lead to crashes.
Controversial Crashes 17x18
This special looked at disasters where multiple investigations don't agree on the cause of these accidents.
Missing Pieces 17x17
This special looked at foreign items, including ice, a chemical oxygen generator, and a bomb as the cause.
Killer in the Cockpit? 17x16
This special looked at pilots' carefully planned strategies in deliberately crashing aircraft.
Explosive Evidence 17x15
This special looked at terrorist acts, including bombings and shootdowns.