Air Crash Investigation

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 22 October, 9.30pm

United Airlines Flight #232 is 11,000 metres over Iowa when one of its three engines explodes. The pilots shut it down but soon discover they have a much more serious problem on their hands. The DC-10 has suffered a complete failure of all hydraulic systems, and the pilots have no way to manoeuvre the plane other than by alternating the power to the two remaining engines. The pilots manage to fly the crippled plane to the nearest airport but are unable to configure the wings for a normal landing. After a crash that claims 111 of the 296 people on board, it’s up to investigators to figure out how a fool-proof system failed.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 15 October, 9.30pm

Facing almost zero visibility across Milan’s Linate Airport, the pilots of SAS Flight #686 Boeing MD-87 rely entirely on ground controllers as they navigate into position for takeoff. The plane accelerates down the runway, but as it lifts off it collides with a Cessna in its path. The Cessna erupts in flames. The MD-87 slams to the ground and slides into a baggage hangar. The plane explodes on impact. It is the worst accident in Italian aviation history and the investigation uncovers a shocking series of errors. In the aftermath, an airport is transformed and those deemed responsible are sentenced in court.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 1 May, 8.30pm

Just two miles from the Saudi Arabian airport, the pilots of a Nigerian Airways flight see a warning that their plane is not properly pressurising. With their aircraft losing hydraulics the pilots struggle to turn back towards the airport. In the meantime, the cabin fills with heavy smoke and fire. Just two miles from the airport, the plane erupts into a fireball and plummets to the ground, killing all 261 people on board. What caused the deadliest DC-8 crash in history?

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 24 April, 8.30pm

On its early morning run down the California coast, PSA Flight #182 is arriving at San Diego’s Lindbergh Airport. Warned that a Cessna is flying immediately ahead of them, the pilots confirm they see the plane and are instructed to maintain visual separation. But just minutes later, Flight #182 collides with the Cessna and both planes crash into a quiet residential neighbourhood below. With 144 people dead, including seven victims on the ground, it is the biggest airline disaster in American history and investigators must determine what happened and exactly who is at fault.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 17 April, 8.30pm

With a new crew on board and nearly an hour behind schedule, a Korean Air Cargo Flight finally takes off. Seconds later, the plane banks sharply to the left and slams into a field northeast of London. All four crewmembers die instantly in the huge explosion and a massive 9 metre deep crater marks the point of impact. It is Korean Airlines’ fifth major accident in less than three years. As investigators unravel the case, their search for answers leads them to back Korea.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 10 April, 8.30pm

A Northwest Airlines Flight is halfway between Detroit and Japan’s Narita Airport, cruising 35,000 feet above the Bering Sea when suddenly the aircraft lurches violently to the left and begins losing altitude. The pilots manage to level out the plane but have difficulty controlling the crippled and shaking aircraft. After declaring an emergency, they turn around in the hopes of reaching Anchorage, 1,300 kilometres away. Nearly two hours later, the terrifying ordeal ends when the plane touches down safely. The skilled pilots have narrowly escaped a fatal crash. Now it’s up to investigators to determine what caused them to lose control of the plane in the first place.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 3 April, 8.30pm

The world’s most famous football team, Manchester United, is on its way back to the UK from the European Championships in Yugoslavia. After a refuelling stop in Munich, the pilots prepare for the final leg of their journey home. The aircraft careers down the runway, but just as it approaches take-off speed, the plane suddenly slows down and, without lifting off the ground, crashes into a nearby house and fuel shed. With 23 people dead, including seven Manchester United players, the high-profile air disaster effectively wipes out one of the best football teams in history. With the international media clamouring for answers, the German inquiry begins piecing together what went wrong. And when the surviving pilot is blamed for the crash, his struggle to clear his name spans more than a decade and pits one nation against another.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 14 September, 8.30pm

Climb into the cockpit for an experience you won’t soon forget. Using news footage, interviews and gripping re-enactments, Air Crash Investigation presents a special report on some of the world’s headline grabbing air crashes – and asks what went wrong and why. Based on cockpit voice recorders, eyewitness accounts, and accident reports, this program expertly recreates the pressure and tension of being in the aircrafts on their ill-fated flights.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 7 September, 8.30pm

Climb into the cockpit for an experience you won’t soon forget. Using news footage, interviews and gripping re-enactments, Air Crash Investigation presents a special report on some of the world’s headline grabbing air crashes – and asks what went wrong and why. Based on cockpit voice recorders, eyewitness accounts, and accident reports, this program expertly recreates the pressure and tension of being in the aircrafts on their ill-fated flights.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 13 July, 8.30pm

October 31, 1994. It’s a frigid Halloween night in the skies above Chicago. Bad weather is delaying dozens of flights, including American Eagle 41-84. Unexpectedly, the plane spins wildly out of control. The pilots fight desperately to right their craft but can’t. It smashes into a cornfield. All 68 people on board are killed instantly. Investigators eventually discover the cause is a rare weather phenomenon – and a fatal design flaw.