Episode guide

Why Planes Crash

Series 1

Why Planes Crash

  • Brace for Impact

    Terrifying true stories of when flights go wrong. Witness shocking footage of a hijacked 767 in this first episode that looks at planes that ditch in the water.

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  • Collision Course

    People tell of their distressing experiences when planes have collided mid-air - including a corporate jet that runs into a 737 over the Amazon.

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  • Human Error

    Dramatic reenactments capture the terror of airborne disasters that were caused by human error - including a jet that lost altitude and plunged into the Everglades.

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  • Breaking Point

    It's a traveller's worst nightmare. Hear real stories of planes breaking up mid-air, including the passengers who were sucked out of a 747 when a door exploded.

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  • Fire in the Sky

    Around three out of every 100,000 flights are diverted due to smoke or fire. Hear some hair-raising true stories of what happens when a blaze breaks out mid-air.

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Why Planes Crash

Series 2

Why Planes Crash

  • Brush with Death

    People relive the terrifying occasions in which routine flights turned into nightmares. Hear their harrowing stories of near-death experiences.

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  • Small Planes, Big Problems

    John F Kennedy Jr died when his plane nosedived into the ocean in 1999. Discover what caused his Piper Saratoga - and other small aircraft - to crash.

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  • Severe Weather

    Hear about the factors that can lead to aviation disasters. From thunderstorms to fierce gusts of wind, this episode asks if weather really can bring down a plane.

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  • Sudden Impact

    Just what causes flights to go wrong? A look at tragic instances where planes have veered off-course and slammed into mountains or other inanimate objects.

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  • Chopper Down

    Shocking stories of flights gone wrong. Agile and powerful, helicopters are the choice vehicle for rapid responses - but they carry their own potentially deadly risks.

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  • Who's Flying?

    True tales of terror in the skies. Are pilots too reliant on automation? These fatal crashes demonstrate how technology can never replace the skills of an expert flyer.

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  • Fatal Flaws

    Flying is said to be the safest way to travel - but it's not totally risk-free. A look at three accidents that led to major changes in the aviation industry.

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  • Crisis in the Cockpit

    The terrifying truth behind deadly aviation accidents. How problems of communication and collaboration in the cockpit can lead to disastrous consequences.

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