Mayday

About the show

Statistically, traveling by airplane is safer than driving and other forms of transportation, but when something goes wrong during a flight, it can be catastrophic with potentially hundreds of lives at stake. This series examines some of the world's worst air disasters, using official reports, transcripts and interviews with people involved to tell the stories of midair mishaps and discover what went wrong in each case. 

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Upcoming episodes

Jul 2nd
100a

Lost!

Statistically, traveling by airplane is safer than driving and other forms of transportation, but when something goes wrong during a flight, it can be catastrophic with potentially hundreds of lives at stake. This series examines some of the world's worst air disasters, using official reports, transcripts and interviews with people involved to tell the stories of midair mishaps and discover what went wrong in each case.
Jul 2nd
200a

Missing Over New York

Statistically, traveling by airplane is safer than driving and other forms of transportation, but when something goes wrong during a flight, it can be catastrophic with potentially hundreds of lives at stake. This series examines some of the world's worst air disasters, using official reports, transcripts and interviews with people involved to tell the stories of midair mishaps and discover what went wrong in each case.
Jul 2nd
300a

Unlocking Disaster

Just out of Honolulu the cargo door of United Airlines Flight 811 opens at an altitude of 33,000 feet, ripping a huge hole in the 747 taking out five rows of seats –and nine passengers – with it. MAYDAY investigates how delays in fixing known design faults can have tragic consequences.
Jul 2nd
400a

Racing The Storm

At the height of thunderstorm season in Arkansas, American Airlines 1420 ends in disaster. The MD80 ploughs off a wet runway down an embankment and breaks apart, killing 11 people. Mayday delves into the time pressures and misjudgment that lead to this accident.
Jul 2nd
500a

Fire On Board

The pilot of Swissair Flight 111 smells smoke in the cockpit less than an hour after take-off. It’s a race against time to dump fuel and land. Minutes later fire and complete electrical failure cause the MD11 to crash into the Atlantic killing all 229 passengers and crew on board. MAYDAY searches for the cause of the fire and asks why it spread so destructively so quickly