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

Feb 23rd
100p

Cutting Corners

Shortly after Air Alaska Flight 261 takes off from Puerta Vallarta the stabilizer – which controls the angle of the plane in flight – malfunctions. The pilots struggle to control the nose-diving plane but it rolls and dives into the ocean. The eighty-eight passengers and crew on board die. MAYDAY tells the story of how maintenance errors can lead to fatal crashes
Feb 23rd
200p

Flying On Empty

An Air Transat Airbus runs out of fuel over the Atlantic and has to glide to a power-free landing. MAYDAY explores the causes that contributed to this near catastrophe and shows how the crew managed to glide to a safe landing.
Feb 24th
100a

Cutting Corners

Shortly after Air Alaska Flight 261 takes off from Puerta Vallarta the stabilizer – which controls the angle of the plane in flight – malfunctions. The pilots struggle to control the nose-diving plane but it rolls and dives into the ocean. The eighty-eight passengers and crew on board die. MAYDAY tells the story of how maintenance errors can lead to fatal crashes
Feb 24th
200a

Flying On Empty

An Air Transat Airbus runs out of fuel over the Atlantic and has to glide to a power-free landing. MAYDAY explores the causes that contributed to this near catastrophe and shows how the crew managed to glide to a safe landing.