Watch Terror in the Skies

In this investigative documentary series aeronautical engineer Professor Brendan Walker takes a look at modern aviation and examines its safety record. As air transportation becomes increasingly popular the technology behind it has also increased in sophistication, but Walker poses the question; does the growing complexity of these systems make them increasingly vulnerable to catastrophic failure? To investigate he visits aviation research centers and air traffic control towers, conducts experiments, and examines what planes are up against in terms of weather and natural hazards.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on Smithsonian Channel
1 Season, 4 Episodes
September 29, 2013
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Julian Gillard
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Terror in the Skies Full Episode Guide

  • Brendan examines what happens when planes fly into hazards thrown up by nature including lightning, bird strikes and volcanic ash.

  • Who is involved during a flight - a pilot and his crew, air traffic control and maintenance, plus the many people and processes required to maintain aircraft and keep them up in the air.

  • Although flying has never been safer, there's a near miss everyday.

  • Brendan Walker tells stories of bravery and survival in the sky and shows shocking footage of aviation near misses and incidents.

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