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Season 16 2016 - 2017

  • 2016-06-08T01:00:00Z on Discovery
  • 45 mins
  • 7 hours, 30 mins (10 episodes)
  • Canada
  • English
  • Documentary, Drama

Revealing the dark truth that aviation safety improves one crash at a time, Mayday investigates legendary aviation disasters to find out what went wrong and why. Based on cockpit voice recorders, accident reports and eyewitness accounts, every episode also features interviews, state-of-the-art CGI and gripping reenactments.

10 episodes

16x01 Deadly Silence (Learjet 35)

  • Season Premiere

    2016-06-08T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

A Learjet carrying pro golf legend Payne Stewart goes rogue. Air traffic controllers are unable to reach the crew, and as the plane continues its unplanned trajectory, it's obvious that something has gone wrong.

It is September 11th, 2001, and shortly after taking off from Washington DC, hijackers storm the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 77 and fly the plane into the Pentagon. The symbol of US military might is in flames.

On 27 March 1977, two Boeing 747 passenger aircraft crash on the runway of Los Rodeos Airport on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. With a total of 583 fatalities, the crash is the deadliest accident in aviation history.

When China Airlines Flight 120 catches fire after touching down in Japan, the disaster leaves an international team with troubling questions.

When Proteus Airlines Flight 706 suddenly explodes after deviating from their flight path, investigators turn to a local journalist who from a nearby plane captures the scene as the wreckage falls from the sky.

When Continental Express Flight 2286 plunges into the frozen wilderness just a few miles from the runway, it's up to investigators to figure out what went wrong, leading to a shocking conclusion.

On 24 March, 2015, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately locked his captain out of the cockpit and initiated a purposeful descent of Germanwings Flight 9525, resulting in the death of 150 people when the plane hit a mountain at 700km/h

After losing both engines in a storm above Indonesia, the pilots of Garuda Indonesia Flight 421 performed an incredible emergency landing.

On December 28 2014, Air Asia flight 8501 left Indonesia for Singapore with 162 people on board. An hour later, after seeking permission to deviate from their route to avoid storms, all communication was lost.

Transporting military cargo in a converted Boeing 747, National Airlines Flight 102 takes off from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. But within seconds, the suddenly uncontrollable plane stalls and crashes to the ground. The accident is captured by a passing dashcam, and though the footage first leads investigators to an obvious conclusion, an overlooked piece of evidence eventually tells them they were dead wrong about the cause.