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Mayday is a documentary series focusing on real life air crashes and occasionally other types of diasters from around the world. Produced in Canada by the Cineflix production company the first season was commissioned by the U.K.'s Channel Five; the National Geographic Channel has since taken the show around the world.

In its native Caada the show is known by the name Mayday, in the U.S. as Air Disaster and in the rest of the world as Air Crash Investigation. The more than 90 episodes of Mayday have been shown in over 140 countries around the world and translated into numerous languages.

Mayday follows a similar format in each episode s the focus of the show is placed on a single air crash or near miss. A mixture of computer generated images, interviews and reconstructions of events is used to provide an overview of the events leading up to a specific disaster. Actors portray key passengers, crew members and ground staff who were part of the events from the time of boarding the plane up to the moment of disaster. Interviews are used with survivors, family members, and aviation and safety experts to explain the events that led to or caused the air crash. Voice recordings of the cabin crews communications with the air traffic control tower are also used to convey information about the plane.

Despite being sold around the world Mayday is produced from the Cineflix production offices in Toronto, Canada. Mayday has been both a critical and commercial success for its producers.

Discovery Channel
11 Seasons, 109 Episodes - Returning Series
September 3, 2003
Documentary & Biography
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  • On 1 June 2009, Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after an aerodynamic stall killing all 216 passengers and 12 aircrew, the worst crash of an A330.

  • On 21 February 2008, Santa B'√°rbara Airlines Flight 518 was operating as a scheduled domestic flight from M√©rida, Venezuela to Caracas when it crashed into the side of a mountain shortly after takeoff. All 43 passengers and 3 crew members aboard the plane died.

  • On 25 January 2010, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 an international scheduled passenger plane en route to Addis Ababa plunged into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after takeoff from Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport during a thunderstorm, killing all 90 people on board.

  • On 28 December 1978, United Airlines Flight 173 ran out of fuel after a landing gear problem. The DC-8 circled in the vicinity of Portland and crashed in a sparsely populated area near 158th and East Burnside Street, killing 10 and seriously injuring 24 of the 189 on board. According to the NTSB, the flight crew failed to check the fuel state causing the DC-8 to crash.

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