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Mayday

9:35pm Sunday, April 8 on Prime

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It’s January 15th, 2009. Just minutes after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, United Airlines Flight #1549 collides with a flock of birds. Both engines suddenly lose all thrust, and the Airbus A-320 begins falling from the sky. The crew desperately tries to restart their engines, but can’t. With New York on one side and New Jersey on the other, Captain Chesley Sullenberger is running out of options. Searching desperately for a place to land, Sullenberger warns passengers and crew to brace for impact and tells the control tower that he will be ditching the plane in the icy waters of the Hudson River. Amazingly, all 155 people on board survive, and investigators try to determine how birds could have crippled two of the world’s most advanced jet engines. Can they prevent it from happening again?

Sunday 27th November 10.35pm

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The Final Blow

It’s January 20th, 1992. High over France’s mountainous Alsace region, Air Inter Flight #148 starts its descent towards Strasbourg airport. An Airbus A-320, the aircraft is the world’s first fully computerized passenger plane, and while its autopilot is programmed to land on a specific runway, high winds and heavy winter weather mean the pilots must take over the controls to land on another runway. Slightly off course, a controller guides the pilots as they prepare to make a visual landing. But as they descend through the clouds, the aircraft suddenly rips through the treetops below and slams into the side of a mountain. Can rescuers locate the survivors in time? And can investigators figure out what caused the crash?

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9:40pm Sunday, November 6 on Prime

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Panic On The Runway

It’s August 22nd, 1985. British Airtours Flight #28 is taking off from Manchester Airport for the Greek Island of Corfu. As the aircraft is accelerating, a loud ‘thud’ emanates from the fuselage, and the pilots abandon takeoff. They believe a tire has blown, but passengers on the left side of the plane see the real problem – one of the engines is on fire. Within seconds, thick black smoke fills the cabin, panicked passengers struggle to escape, and just six minutes later, the aircraft is completely ravaged by fire. 55 people die. Can investigators determine how a minor emergency turned into one of the worst disasters in British aviation history?

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9:30pm Sunday, October 23 on Prime

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It’s August 6th, 2005. Tuninter Flight 1153 is flying to the Tunisian resort island of Djerba. It’s high above the Mediterranean when suddenly, its right engine fails. As the pilots begin an emergency descent, their situation gets much worse. Their second engine also stops working and the plane begins falling towards the sea. Despite numerous attempts, the crew can’t restart their engines. They make a desperate choice, to attempt a landing at sea. Twenty people survive, but fourteen of the 34 passengers are killed. Investigators discover a shocking mistake that could affect one of the most popular turb-prop passenger planes in the world.

9:30pm Sunday, October 16 on Prime

Documentary Series

Operation Babylift

It’s April 4, 1975. In the final, chaotic days of the Vietnam War, US President Gerald Ford orders an urgent mission of mercy called ‘Operation Babylift’. Its goal: to rescue Vietnamese orphans from the chaos of the war and take them back to the safety of the US. Nearly 250 Vietnamese babies and children are loaded onto an Air Force C5A Galaxy, one of the world’s largest planes. But after a steep and rapid ascent to get out of missile range, the aircraft’s cargo door is violently blown off and the plane crashes to the ground. What caused the tragic accident? And can investigators find out before they have to flee the country?

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9:30pm Sunday, October 9 on Prime

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It’s November 12th, 1996. Shortly after take off from New Delhi, Saudi Airways Flight 763 levels off at 14,000 feet. As the crew waits for clearance to climb to their cruising altitude, the plane is hit by a Kazakhstan Airlines jet. The collision cripples both planes. They spiral violently to the ground, killing all 349 people on board. It’s the worst mid-air collision in the history of aviation. The two wreckage fields are five miles apart. As investigators comb through the charred debris for evidence, they try and answer troubling questions. Why did the two planes collide? Who’s responsible? And can they stop it before it happens again?

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9:30pm Sunday, October 2 on Prime

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Blown Apart

It’s September 8, 1989. On a charter trip from Oslo to Hamburg, Partnair Flight 94 is cruising at 22,000 feet, when it suddenly begins diving toward the sea. The aging propeller plane crashes into the water. All 55 people on board are killed. It is the biggest airline disaster in Norwegian history.

As investigators piece together what happened, they uncover a problem so serious, it sends shock waves through the industry. How had a single bolt caused the plane to fall out of the sky? Why is it a potential problem for every passenger plane in the world?

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9:35pm Sunday, September 4 on Prime

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Twenty minutes after taking off from Taipei, a China Airlines 747 suddenly disappears from radar. A massive rescue mission is launched – but all 225 passengers and crew are dead.

After ruling out both a bomb and a gas tank explosion, investigators are stumped. They examine hundreds of pieces of wreckage, until they uncover a single piece of the hull which solves the riddle. The destruction of Flight 611 began with a much smaller problem – twenty years in the past.

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9:50pm Sunday, August 28 on Prime

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Fresh off the factory floor, a sleek $25 million Legacy business jet takes-off on its maiden voyage from Southern Brazil to New York. An hour into the flight the plane is powering through the skies over the Amazon Rain Forest. Suddenly a violent jolt rocks the jet. Passengers look out the window and see that part of the plane’s wing has been sheared off. The crew desperately needs a place to land. They spot a remote Army base with a runway long enough for their plane. They come in fast, but manage to bring the plane safely to a stop. But just when they think their troubles are over, the situation gets stranger. The passengers and crew are detained and interrogated by police. Another plane, a Boeing 737 with 154 people on board has crashed nearby. Everyone on board was killed. Investigators make a horrifying discovery – the Legacy jet and the 737 collided in mid-air. How had two planes under the authority of Brazilian Air Traffic Control ended up on a collision course?

Sunday 21st August, 9.50pm

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Fatal Distraction

Tonight on Mayday, Eastern Airlines Flight 401 is coming in for a landing in Miami. The crew has three green lights confirming that their landing gear is locked, but they only have two. Captain Robert Loft decides to have the auto pilot fly the plane in a holding pattern while he and his crew work to fix the problem. Flying at 2,000 feet, all three crew members focus their attention on the troublesome bulb. None of them notice that the plane is slowly falling to the ground, until it’s too late. The brand new L-1011 slams into the remote swamp-land of the Florida Everglades. Miraculously, 77 people survive the crash. Investigators determine that the plane was mechanically sound, and its auto pilot was working. So why had the state of the art jetliner fallen from the sky? The clues lead investigators to a very troubling cause.