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Season 8 2009

  • 2009-06-11T01:00:00Z on Discovery
  • 45 mins
  • 1 hour, 31 mins (2 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.

2 episodes

8x01 System Breakdown

  • Season Premiere

    2009-06-11T01:00:00Z — 46 mins

This special looked at the role of air traffic controllers in the airline industry, and took a look at the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a new technology meant to eliminate mid-air collisions by reducing overall dependence on radar and radio, as well as delegating some of the air traffic controllers' tasks to computers on board each plane.

8x02 Cruel Skies

  • 2009-06-18T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

This special looks at the role of bad weather in disasters, and tours the US Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, Missouri to see how information on weather is transmitted to pilots in the sky. Episodes revisited: 5x03-Southern Storm, 5x05-Invisible Killer, 1x01-Racing the Storm, 4x02-Falling From the Sky.