Air Disasters

Sundays, 8:00 PM ET on Smithsonian Channel

60 minutes

Harrowing stories of tragedy and triumph are brought to life through official reports, transcripts and interviews with the pilots, air traffic controllers and lucky survivors of history's most terrifying crashes. Widely considered to be the safest form of travel, air transportation is still in its infancy and when midair calamity strikes, the results are often catastrophic. From the cockpit to the cabin, from the control room to the crash scene, we uncover just what went wrong. (See also: Mayday / Air Emergency / Air Crash Investigation on National Geographic)

Sundays, 8:00 PM ET on Smithsonian Channel

60 minutes

Harrowing stories of tragedy and triumph are brought to life through official reports, transcripts and interviews with the pilots, air traffic controllers and lucky survivors of history's most terrifying crashes. Widely considered to be the safest form of travel, air transportation is still in its infancy and when midair calamity strikes, the results are often catastrophic. From the cockpit to the cabin, from the control room to the crash scene, we uncover just what went wrong. (See also: Mayday / Air Emergency / Air Crash Investigation on National Geographic)

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On a routine flight in September 1989, the pilots aboard Varig Flight 254 call air traffic controllers when they're ready to descend into Belém, Brazil, but there is no answer. By the time the pilots realize they've flown 30 miles past the runway, it's too late. They're out of fuel and have no choice but to make a quick belly landing into the Brazilian jungle. Follow the intense rescue mission of Flight 254 and the investigation that followed.

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s8e3 Vanishing Act
October 30, 2016
On a routine flight in September 1989, the pilots aboard Varig Flight 254 call air traffic controllers when they're ready to descend into Belém, Brazil, but there is no answer. By the time the pilots realize they've flown 30 miles past the runway, it's too late. They're out of fuel and have no choice but to make a quick belly landing into the Brazilian jungle. Follow the intense rescue mission of Flight 254 and the investigation that followed.
Before May 1991, no 767 aircraft had ever crashed. That all changed when Lauda Air Flight 004 mysteriously slammed into a jungle in Thailand less than 15 minutes after takeoff, killing all 223 people aboard. Was it mechanical failure, pilot error, or something worse than investigators imagined? See what led to an alarming discovery and how it changed the way 767s are built forever.

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s8e2 Testing the Limits
October 23, 2016
Before May 1991, no 767 aircraft had ever crashed. That all changed when Lauda Air Flight 004 mysteriously slammed into a jungle in Thailand less than 15 minutes after takeoff, killing all 223 people aboard. Was it mechanical failure, pilot error, or something worse than investigators imagined? See what led to an alarming discovery and how it changed the way 767s are built forever.
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s6e8 Death and Denial
February 21, 2016
February 21, 2016
Death and Denial
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s6e9 Kid in the Cockpit
February 28, 2016
February 28, 2016
Kid in the Cockpit
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s6e10 Ocean Landing
March 6, 2016
March 6, 2016
Ocean Landing
Season Finale
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s7e1 Miracle Escape
March 13, 2016
March 13, 2016
Miracle Escape
Season Premiere
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s7e2 Falling from the Sky
March 20, 2016
March 20, 2016
Falling from the Sky
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s7e3 Fire Fight
March 27, 2016
March 27, 2016
Fire Fight
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s7e4 Missed Approach
April 3, 2016
April 3, 2016
Missed Approach
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s7e5 Hidden Danger
April 10, 2016
April 10, 2016
Hidden Danger
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s7e7 Out of Sight
September 18, 2016
September 18, 2016
Out of Sight
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s7e8 Fog of War
September 25, 2016
September 25, 2016
Fog of War
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s7e9 Vertigo
October 2, 2016
October 2, 2016
Vertigo
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s7e10 Ghost Plane
October 9, 2016
October 9, 2016
Ghost Plane
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s8e1 Choosing Sides
October 16, 2016
October 16, 2016
Choosing Sides
Season Premiere
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s8e2 Testing the Limits
October 23, 2016
October 23, 2016
Testing the Limits
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s8e3 Vanishing Act
October 30, 2016
October 30, 2016
Vanishing Act

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