Air Crash Investigation Special Report

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Air Crash Investigation Special Report is a Canadian documentary series produced by Cineflix that compiles how and why some of the most serious accidents in aviation history happened.[1] Created from the Canadian series Air Crash Investigation.

Air Crash Investigation Special Report
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Developed byAndre Barro
Narrated byJonathan Aris for Australia, Asia and Europe
Stephen Bogaert for Canada
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes40
Executive producer(s)Tim Wolochatiuk
Running time44 Minutes
Production company(s)Cineflix Productions
DistributorNational Geographic
Discovery Channel
Smithsonian Channel
Original networkNational Geographic
Original releaseJuly 9, 2018 (2018-07-09) –
Other websites

Seasons[change | change source]

Seasons[2]EpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1109 July 2018 (2018-07-09)10 September 2018 (2018-09-10)
2105 June 2019 (2019-06-05)7 August 2019 (2019-08-07)
31024 September 2020 (2020-09-24)5 November 2020 (2020-11-05)
41011 January 2021 (2021-01-11)15 March 2021 (2021-03-15)
5103 July 2022 (2022-07-03)TBA

Season 1 (2018)[change | change source]

No. in
TitleIncidentOriginal air date
11"Communication Breakdown"United Express Flight 5925
Garuda Indonesia Flight 152
Tenerife airport disaster
9 July 2018 (2018-07-09)

This special looked at how failures in communication lead to disasters.

Types of aircraft: Flight 5925: Beechcraft 1900C; Flight 152: Airbus A300B4-200; Flight 1736: Boeing 747-100; Flight 4805: Boeing 747-200B
22"Bad Attitude"British European Airways Flight 548
Northwest Airlink Flight 5719
Trans-Colorado Airlines Flight 2286
16 July 2018 (2018-07-16)

This special looked at how pilots' aggressive or unprofessional behaviour can cause deadly accidents.

Types of aircraft: Flight 548: Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C; Flight 5719: Jetstream 31; Flight 2286: Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner
33"Hero Pilots"US Airways Flight 1549
Gimli Glider
TACA Flight 110
23 July 2018 (2018-07-23)

This special looked at how pilots safely land their aircraft in emergency situations.

Types of aircraft: Flight 1549: Airbus A320-200; Flight 143: Boeing 767-200; Flight 110: Boeing 737-300
44"Plane vs. Pilot"Air France Flight 296
XL Airways Germany Flight 888T
Air France Flight 447
30 July 2018 (2018-07-30)

This special looked at how automation in the cockpit causes deadly misunderstandings.

Types of aircraft: Flight 296: Airbus A320-100; Flight 888T: Airbus A320-200; Flight 447: Airbus A330-200
55"Explosive Evidence"Metrojet Flight 9268
Korean Air Lines Flight 007
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
6 August 2018 (2018-08-06)

This special looked at terrorist acts, including bombings and shootdowns.

Types of aircraft: Flight 9268: Airbus A321-200; Flight 007: Boeing 747-200B; Flight 17: Boeing 777-200ER
66"Killer in the Cockpit?"SilkAir Flight 185
Germanwings Flight 9525
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
13 August 2018 (2018-08-13)

This special looked at pilots' carefully planned strategies in deliberately crashing aircraft.

Types of aircraft: Flight 185: Boeing 737-300; Flight 9525: Airbus A320-200; Flight 370: Boeing 777-200ER
77"Missing Pieces"British Airways Flight 38
ValuJet Flight 592
Pan Am Flight 103
20 August 2018 (2018-08-20)

This special looked at foreign items, including ice, a chemical oxygen generator, and a bomb as the cause.

Types of aircraft: Flight 38: Boeing 777-200ER; Flight 592: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32; Flight 103: Boeing 747-100
88"Controversial Crashes"Munich air disaster
Arrow Air Flight 1285
Smolensk air disaster
27 August 2018 (2018-08-27)

This special looked at disasters where multiple investigations don't agree on the cause of these accidents.

Types of aircraft: Flight 609: Airspeed Ambassador; Flight 1285: Douglas DC-8-63CF; Flight 101: Tupolev Tu-154M
99"Deadly Distractions"Delta Air Lines Flight 1141
Eastern Air Lines Flight 401
2012 Mount Salak Sukhoi Superjet crash
3 September 2018 (2018-09-03)

This special looked at how pilots' deviation from cockpit duties lead to crashes.

Types of aircraft: Flight 1141: Boeing 727-200 Advanced; Flight 401: Lockheed L-1011-1 Tristar; Flight RA-36801: Sukhoi Superjet 100
1010"Fire on Board"British Airtours Flight 28M
Nigeria Airways Flight 2120
UPS Airlines Flight 6
10 September 2018 (2018-09-10)

This special looked at disasters caused by fires, either on the ground or in the air.

Types of aircraft: Flight 28M: Boeing 737-200; Flight 2120: Douglas DC-8-61; Flight 6: Boeing 747-400F

Season 2 (2019)[change | change source]

No. in
TitleAccidentOriginal air date
111"Headline News"American Airlines Flight 77
TWA Flight 800
Air France Flight 4590
5 June 2019 (2019-06-05)

Three horrific tragedies make headlines around the world. The media is pressuring investigators to find out the causes of these three horrific tragedies. On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 disappears from radar and crashes into the Pentagon. A supersonic marvel crashes in France seconds after takeoff, marking the end of the supersonic era, and TWA Flight 800 suddenly explodes after takeoff from New York.

Types of aircraft: Flight 77: Boeing 757-200; Flight 800: Boeing 747-100; Flight 4590: Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde
122"Rookie Errors"LAPA Flight 3142
American Airlines Flight 587
Colgan Air Flight 3407
12 June 2019 (2019-06-12)

This special looked at how pilots' rookie mistakes cause accidents.

Types of aircraft: Flight 3142: Boeing 737-200; Flight 587: Airbus A300-600; Flight 3407: Bombardier Q400
133"Collision Course"Hughes Airwest Flight 706
Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182
1996 Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision
19 June 2019 (2019-06-19)

This special looked at deadly mid-air collisions.

Types of aircraft: Flight 706: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31; Flight 182: Boeing 727-200; Flight 763: Boeing 747-100B; Flight 1907: Ilyushin Il-76
144"Engines Out"Cathay Pacific Flight 780
British Airways Flight 9
China Airlines Flight 006
26 June 2019 (2019-06-26)

This special looked at how engine failures cause near-fatal accidents.

Types of aircraft: Flight 780: Airbus A330-300; Flight 9: Boeing 747-200B; Flight 006: Boeing 747SP
155"Fuel Trouble"United Airlines Flight 173
China Airlines Flight 120
Varig Flight 254
3 July 2019 (2019-07-03)

This special looked at fuel problems caused by either crew mismanagement or mechanical failure.

Types of aircraft: Flight 173: Douglas DC-8-61; Flight 120: Boeing 737-800; Flight 254: Boeing 737-200
166"Perilous Payload"Fine Air Flight 101
Air Midwest Flight 5481
National Airlines Flight 102
10 July 2019 (2019-07-10)

This special looked at disasters caused by improperly distributed weight or secured cargo.

Types of aircraft: Flight 101: Douglas DC-8-61F; Flight 5481: Beechcraft 1900D; Flight 102: Boeing 747-400F
177"Runway in Sight"Garuda Indonesia Flight 200
Delta Air Lines Flight 191
Asiana Airlines Flight 214
17 July 2019 (2019-07-17)

This special looked at how poorly prepared pilots cause aircraft to crash during landing.

Types of aircraft: Flight 200: Boeing 737-400; Flight 191: Lockheed L-1011-1 Tristar; Flight 214: Boeing 777-200ER
188"Deadly Confusion"John F. Kennedy Jr. plane crash
Flash Airlines Flight 604
Adam Air Flight 574
24 July 2019 (2019-07-24)

This special looked at how spatially disoriented pilots cause crashes.

Types of aircraft: JFK Jr's light aircraft: Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga II; Flight 604: Boeing 737-300; Flight 574: Boeing 737-400
199"Radio Silence"Helios Airways Flight 522
China Airlines Flight 611
1999 South Dakota Learjet crash
31 July 2019 (2019-07-31)

This special looked at accidents caused by either a loss of pressurization or structural failure.

Types of aircraft: Flight 522: Boeing 737-300; Flight 611: Boeing 747-200B; N47BA: Learjet 35
2010"Design Flaws"Lauda Air Flight 004
Turkish Airlines Flight 981
Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311
7 August 2019 (2019-08-07)

This special looked at how poor aircraft designs cause disasters.

Types of aircraft: Flight 004: Boeing 767-300ER; Flight 981: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10; Flight 2311: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia

Season 3 (2020)[change | change source]

No. in
TitleIncidentOriginal air date
211"Heat of the Moment"TransAsia Airways Flight 235
KLM Cityhopper Flight 433
VSS Enterprise crash
1 October 2020 (2020-10-01)

In the face of a crisis in the air, pilots must make life or death decisions, but the analysis of these three accidents shows that the wrong decision can have devastating consequences.

Types of aircraft: Flight 235: ATR 72-600; Flight 433: Saab 340B; VSS Enterprise: Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo
222"Instrument Confusion"Copa Airlines Flight 201
Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509
Aeroflot Flight 821
5 November 2020 (2020-11-05)

This special looked at accidents caused by instrument failure or confusion.

Types of aircraft: Flight 201: Boeing 737-200 Advanced; Flight 8509: Boeing 747-200F; Flight 821: Boeing 737-500
233"VIP on Board"1961 Ndola United Nations DC-6 crash
LaMia Flight 2933
1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash
8 October 2020 (2020-10-08)

This special looked at disasters involving high-profile passengers.

Types of aircraft: SE-BDY: Douglas DC-6B; Flight 2933: Avro RJ85; Flight IFO-21: Boeing CT-43
244"Lapse in Security"Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771
Air India Flight 182
Uni Air Flight 873
24 September 2020 (2020-09-24)

This special looked at how prohibited items got past airport security.

Types of aircraft: Flight 1771: British Aerospace 146; Flight 182: Boeing 747-200B; Flight 873: McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
255"Mountain Impact"Thai Airways International Flight 311
Air China Flight 129
Air Inter Flight 148
15 October 2020 (2020-10-15)

This special looked at accidents involving controlled flight into terrain.

Types of aircraft: Flight 311: Airbus A310-300; Flight 129: Boeing 767-200ER; Flight 148: Airbus A320-100
266"Survivors"Southern Airways Flight 242
Continental Airlines Flight 1404
Korean Air Flight 801
17 September 2020 (2020-09-17)

This special looked at stories from survivors of accidents.

Types of aircraft: Flight 242: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31; Flight 1404: Boeing 737-500; Flight 801: Boeing 747-300
277"Death from Above"2011 Reno Air Races crash
2008 Mexico City Learjet crash
Aeroméxico Flight 498
10 September 2020 (2020-09-10)

This special looked at aircraft crashing into populated areas.

Types of aircraft: The Galloping Ghost: North American P-51 Mustang; XC-VMC: Learjet 45; Flight 498: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32; light aircraft: Piper PA-28-181 Archer
288"Courage in the Cockpit"United Airlines Flight 232
Qantas Flight 32
Northwest Airlines Flight 85
3 September 2020 (2020-09-03)

This special looked at how pilots managed to fly after system failures.

Types of aircraft: Flight 232: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10; Flight 32: Airbus A380-800; Flight 85: Boeing 747-400
299"Maintenance Mistakes"Continental Express Flight 2574
Emery Worldwide Flight 17
Partnair Flight 394
29 October 2020 (2020-10-29)

This special looked at accidents caused by maintenance errors.

Types of aircraft: Flight 2574: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia; Flight 17: Douglas DC-8-71F; Flight 394: Convair CV-580
3010"Take Off Tragedies"Singapore Airlines Flight 006
Northwest Airlines Flight 255
Spanair Flight 5022
22 October 2020 (2020-10-22)

This special looked at how missteps during takeoff cause accidents.

Types of aircraft: Flight 006: Boeing 747-400; Flight 255: McDonnell Douglas MD-82; Flight 5022: McDonnell Douglas MD-82

Season 4 (2021)[change | change source]

No. in
TitleAccidentOriginal air date
311"Dead of Night"AIRES Flight 8250
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409
West Air Sweden Flight 294
15 February 2021 (2021-02-15)

Three flight crews will fly in complete darkness in the middle of the night and without the ability to determine their position or orientation to the horizon, they will fall into a deadly trap.

Types of aircraft: Flight 8250: Boeing 737-700; Flight 409: Boeing 737-800; Flight 294: Bombardier CRJ200
322"Engine Gone"American Airlines Flight 191
Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8
El Al Flight 1862
11 January 2021 (2021-01-11)

This special looked at accidents caused by engine seperations.

Types of aircraft: Flight 191: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10; Flight 8: Lockheed L-188 Electra; Flight 1862: Boeing 747-200F
333"Lethal Choices"Kegworth air disaster
TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais Flight 402
Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501
8 February 2021 (2021-02-08)

This special looked at disasters caused by pilots' improper life-and-death decisions.

Types of aircraft: Flight 92: Boeing 737-400; Flight 402: Fokker 100; Flight 8501: Airbus A320-200
344"Risky Runways"TAM Airlines Flight 3054
Pakistan International Airlines Flight 268
Atlantic Airways Flight 670
1 February 2021 (2021-02-01)

This special looked at some of the most challenging landings of all time.

Types of aircraft: Flight 3054: Airbus A320-200; Flight 268: Airbus A300B4-200; Flight 670: British Aerospace 146-200A
355"Landings Gone Wrong"Crossair Flight 3597
Trigana Air Flight 267
TransAsia Airways Flight 222
1 March 2021 (2021-03-01)

This special looked at how pilots' improvisation cause aircraft to crash during approach.

Types of aircraft: Flight 3597: British Aerospace 146; Flight 267: ATR 42-300; Flight 222: ATR 72-500
366"Frozen Wings"Air Florida Flight 90
Comair Flight 3272
Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428
8 March 2021 (2021-03-08)

Three flights are brought down by the icing in the Argentine desert, Michigan and Virginia, United States. In this special, the researchers must be able to find out how the ice brought down three planes that seemed so safe.

Types of aircraft: Flight 90: Boeing 737-200; Flight 3272: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia; Flight 5428: Saab 340A
377"Runway Collisions"1990 Wayne County Airport runway collision
Los Angeles runway disaster
Linate Airport disaster
18 January 2021 (2021-01-18)

This special looked at runway incursions.

Types of aircraft: Flight 1482: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14; Flight 299: Boeing 727-200 Advanced; Flight 1493: Boeing 737-300; Flight 5569: Fairchild Metro III; Flight 686: McDonnell Douglas MD-87; business jet: Cessna Citation CJ2
388"Cockpit Breakdown"Kenya Airways Flight 507
Crossair Flight 498
United Express Flight 6291
22 February 2021 (2021-02-22)

This special looked at accidents caused by mismatched pilots.

Types of aircraft: Flight 507: Boeing 737-800; Flight 498: Saab 340B; Flight 6291: British Aerospace Jetstream 41
399"Splash Down"Garuda Indonesia Flight 421
Cougar Helicopters Flight 91
Tuninter Flight 1153
15 March 2021 (2021-03-15)

This special looked at aircraft ditching in the water.

Types of aircraft: Flight 421: Boeing 737-300; Flight 91: Sikorsky S-92A; Flight 1153: ATR 72-200
4010"Northern Extremes"Air Ontario Flight 1363
Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751
First Air Flight 6560
25 January 2021 (2021-01-25)

This special looked at aircraft crashing in the far North.

Types of aircraft: Flight 1363: Fokker F28-1000; Flight 751: McDonnell Douglas MD-81; Flight 6560: Boeing 737-200C

Season 5 (2022)[change | change source]

No. in
TitleAccidentOriginal air date
411"War Zone"2003 Baghdad DHL attempted shootdown incident
Iran Air Flight 655
1975 Tân Sơn Nhứt C-5 accident
3 July 2022 (2022-07-03)

Misidentification and accidental bombing of enemy territory are among the many risks pilots face in military zones around the world.

Types of aircraft:
422"Time Critical"Continental Airlines Flight 1713
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951
Ansett New Zealand Flight 703
10 July 2022 (2022-07-10)

As they rush to finish, some pilots overlook important steps and danger signs and make decisions that threaten the lives of the passengers as well as their own. A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 crashes into the ground minutes after landing at Amsterdam Airport. A Continental Airlines flight crew ignores normal procedures in Denver amid heavy snow and ice and as the pilots of Ansett New Zealand Flight 703 try to resolve a minor landing gear failure, they hit the ground and their approach ends tragically wrong in the New Zealand slopes.

Types of aircraft:
433"Ticking Time Bomb"Air Moorea Flight 1121
Japan Airlines Flight 123
Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101
17 July 2022 (2022-07-17)

Types of aircraft:
433"Impossible Landings"Southwest Airlines Flight 1380
Air Canada Flight 797
Aloha Airlines Flight 243

The pilots avoid three dangerous situations where there was no room for error and manage to land damaged planes. A female passenger is sucked out the window of Southwest Flight 1380. The cabin of a Boeing 737 explodes over Hawaii and Air Canada Flight 797 catches fire 90 seconds after an incredible crash landing.

Types of aircraft:
444TBASanta Bárbara Airlines Flight 518
Qantas Flight 72
Alitalia Flight 404

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455"Trained to Fail"YAK-Service Flight 9633
Loganair Flight 6780
West Caribbean Airways Flight 708

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466"Accidents in the Air"TBATBA

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References[change | change source]

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  2. "Mayday: Air Disaster - Program Overview". Cineflix Rights. Retrieved 7 March 2019.