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Aviation has gripped the hearts of humanity for nearly a hundred years. Many dream of an exiting career in the airline industry that will take them up in the skies like on wings of eagles and they do not spend one second of their precious time thinking about a possible disaster that could end their life. The adventure and dream of conquering the skies and flying through the clouds makes us forget what lies beneath and what could happen if a mistake or mechanical failure happens.

We pray that a horrible disaster in the sky never becomes a reality to us but way back in our minds we are always aware that it is a long way down back to earth. We understand that sure death awaits us if we crash. We may grip our armrest just a little harder and tighten the seat belt at the thought of such a terrifying experience.

The Air Disaster show reminds us of what aviation accidents can bring. Terrifying scenes of exploding engines, crashes that make us have nightmares for months and yet survival stories that inspire us forever visit us right in the comfort of our homes. Catastrophes like airline crashes leave death and destruction in their path but often miraculous survival stories help us to remain hopeful that we too could make it through such a horrible experience.

Shows like this are a reminder of what could happen and interesting investigations of the possible causes educate us. The stories that are told are horrifying but they are also a reminder of why we should listen to the airline personnel understand the safety precautions and know where how to use the provided emergency equipment. This should encourage us to look for the emergency exits and always be willing to help our fellow travelers.

The Airplane is a magnificent invention and used in daily travel in modern society. This wonder of technology is nearly perfect but from time to time even the nearly perfect machine will malfunction or become a victim of human error. Air disasters does not only show the possible tragedies but also the possible survival and the bravery of the human spirit!

Air Disasters is a series that is currently running and has 19 seasons (220 episodes). The series first aired on July 31, 2011.

Air Disasters is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Air Disasters on demand atApple TV+, CBS, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, The Roku Channel, Google Play, iTunes online.

SNI/SI Networks
19 Seasons, 220 Episodes
July 31, 2011
Cast: Stephen Bogaert
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Air Disasters Full Episode Guide

  • At the end of a quick trip from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, Ohio, the captain of United Express Flight 6291 grows concerned over reports of icy rain ahead. He opts for a risky slam dunk landing, a maneuver where a plane descends rapidly to the runway to avoid bad weather, but something goes wron

  • LaMia Flight 2933, carrying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team, is approaching Medellin, Colombia to play for the prestigious Copa Sudamericana championship when its crew suddenly declares a fuel emergency. Before air traffic control can clear a path, the plane loses power and crashes to the ground, k

  • A Boeing 737 approaches the city of Perm en route from Moscow. Throughout the trip, an asymmetrical thrust from the plane's twin engines has made flying difficult, but things are about to get much worse. The aircraft suddenly nosedives before slamming directly onto the Trans-Siberian Railway, killin

  • Continental Airlines Flight 1404 is prepped for departure from Denver facing a moderate breeze and light wintery conditions. The Boeing 737 is bound for Houston, but before takeoff, the aircraft suddenly careens off the runway, crashes, and bursts into flame. Miraculously, all 115 aboard survive, bu

  • How could a state-of-the-art airbus A-310, flown by two excellent pilots, crash less than two minutes after takeoff? Romanian investigators call in the FBI to determine if the crash of Tarom Flight 371 was a terrorist act, but the cockpit recording reveals the true reason for the disaster. Follow th

  • Seconds after takeoff, a cargo plane transporting 87,000 pounds of denim pitches up before slamming to the ground, careening across a freeway, and plowing into a building. Hundreds of people in the city of Miami witness the catastrophe, but none of the accounts help investigators determine whether t

  • Firefighters preparing for a practice drill at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay are interrupted by an explosion. They look up to discover an American cargo plane in flames near the Cuban border. Remarkably, the three-man crew is still alive, but barely. When investigators study the duty rosters

  • Moments after takeoff from Amsterdam, pilots of a KLM dual turboprop report an engine problem and head back to the airport. But seconds before touchdown, the plane banks sharply and crashes into a field next to the runway. Investigators face intense pressure to find out what happened, but answers ar

  • Legendary pilot Jimmy Leeward is determined to make news at the 2011 Reno Air Races by pushing his World War II fighter to a world-breaking speed of 500 MPH. He succeeds, but at a tragic cost. Mid-race, Leeward loses control of his plane and crashes, killing himself and ten air show spectators. Witn

  • Just twenty minutes from touching down in Hong Kong from Indonesia, a sudden engine malfunction transforms an airbus A330 into a 200-ton glider. The plane appears destined to ditch into the South China Sea unless the captain can come up with a better plan. Miraculously, he does. Witness the emergenc

  • As air traffic controllers struggle to keep departures on schedule amid heavy snow in Denver, a DC-9 is delayed on the tarmac. When the crew is finally cleared for takeoff, the plane gets only 20 feet off the ground before banking sharply and slamming back down, killing 28 of the 82 people on board.

  • China Airlines Flight 140 is less than three minutes from touching down at Japan's Nagoya Airport. Suddenly, the highly automated A300 gains speed and won't respond to the pilots' nose-dive commands. After an aborted landing and attempted go-around, the aircraft stalls and crashes into the ground, k

  • On its approach to Zurich's Kloten Airport, Alitalia Flight 404 plows into a forested hillside, killing all 46 people on board. Close analysis of the DC-9's flight data and cockpit recordings only raise more questions. Did a hidden flaw deep inside the airplane lead the pilots down a deadly path? Wh

  • Qantas Airways Flight 72 is in trouble. High above the Indian Ocean, the A-330's primary flight computer fails, causing the plane to go into a series of sudden nosedives. Violent G-forces pull passengers up from their seats. The pilots miraculously gain enough control of their crippled airplane to e

  • In the skies above the Mojave Desert, the VSS Enterprise accelerates toward the outer reaches of Earth's atmosphere, guided by test pilots. Suddenly, the aircraft breaks apart and falls from the sky, killing the flight's co-pilot. Follow NTSB investigators as they determine exactly what caused the t

  • In Indonesia, 36 guests are getting the gold-star treatment on a demonstration tour for a brand-new Russian airliner. But the celebratory flight turns catastrophic when the pilots lose their way in the clouds and slam into the side of a mountain. Investigators struggle to understand why an advanced

  • A commercial airliner whisks 283 passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on a flight path that will take them over a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. Mid-flight, the aircraft suddenly breaks up and crashes to Earth, killing all aboard. Signs point to a surface-to-air missile strike, but with the

  • A Boeing 727 leaving Dallas for Salt Lake City on August 31, 1988 crashes just moments after takeoff, killing 14 of the 108 passengers and crew on board. The NTSB is fast to arrive on the scene, but finding the answers to what went wrong won't come nearly as quickly. Revisit the disaster of Delta Ai

  • The landing of a TransAsia commuter flight in bad weather goes horribly wrong in July 2014. The plane crashes less than a mile from Magong Airport in the Penghu archipelago, a popular Taiwanese vacation spot. The media quickly claims the storm caused the disaster, but investigators aren't so certain

  • Emery Worldwide Flight 17 leaves Sacramento Mather Airport in February 2000 while carrying a load of freight containers. Upon takeoff, the aircraft dives repeatedly and banks to the left. The pilots attempt to regain control of the crippled plane and return to the airport, but the DC-8 crashes a mil

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