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.
After a routine one-hour flight from Minneapolis, Northwest Airlink Flight 5719 crashes in northern Minnesota, killing everyone on board. Investigators face intense pressure to find the cause. The cockpit voice recorder raises disturbing questions about an inexperienced pilot. But as investigators dig deeper, they uncover a troubling pattern of abuse that led to a breakdown in human cooperation.
When a commuter flight to Detroit ends in a harrowing death spiral, it's up to investigators to determine the cause and prevent it from ever happening again. They sort through the shattered wreckage in search of clues, and a close analysis of the flight data eventually leads them to a stunning realization-What doomed Flight 3272 is a danger the industry has known about for years.
Headed for South Korea's Gimhae International Airport, a Boeing 767 crashes into a hillside several miles from the runway. As the nation mourns its worst-ever air disaster, investigators face puzzling evidence: The surviving captain of Air China Flight 129 claims that everything on board was normal, but air traffic controllers testify that the crew's radio communications were anything but.
Just minutes after taking off from New York's JFK Airport, TWA Flight 800 is ripped apart by a massive explosion. With a possible terror attack on their hands, the FBI joins investigators from the NTSB in an urgent search for answers. Both agencies are hoping for quick results, but the investigation into TWA Flight 800 will eventually pit them against one another, and will turn into one of the longest, most costly and challenging ever conducted.
Amid thick smoke from a forest fire, Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 approached Sumatra. Minutes from the runway, and flying the wrong direction, the Airbus A300 crashed claiming the lives of all on board.
When US Air Flight 1016 fell out of the sky above North Carolina during a storm, most passengers on board perished. Somehow, both pilots survived and told the same story - the weather was to blame.
A car dashcam captures footage of the moment TransAsia Flight 235 nosedives into Taipei's Keelung river. Facing a barrage of questions, Taiwan's Aviation Safety council soon discovers that the mystery went quite deep.
Terrorists claimed responsibility when Metrojet 9268 broke up in the air after leaving Sharm el Sheikh in 2015. But could experts prove what really happened?
LAPA Flight 3142 lifts off from an airport in Buenos Aires. The 737 starts shaking and crashes to the ground. The disaster leaves the nation stunned, but nothing prepares them for the blunder that caused it.
Experts are baffled when the wreck of Thai Airways Flight 311 is found amid treacherous mountain peaks. It's miles from its flight path. How did it end up there?