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Season 17 / Episode 2 and airs on 27 February 2017 22:30
Flying is one of the safest forms of transport. But what happens when tragedy strikes? From human error and accidents to mechanical faults and design flaws, the success of aviation history is punctuated with disaster and catastrophe. It's rare, but it does happen. Follow experts as they determine what went wrong and work out how to prevent these horrific tragedies from happening again. Examine the wrecks and official records, and hear from eyewitnesses, passengers and aviation experts as we reconstruct some of the most tragic disasters in aviation history. Air Crash Investigation looks at what went wrong and how future disasters can be averted.
August 2, 2005. In a raging thunderstorm after a difficult landing, Air France 358 skids off the runway in Toronto. As it crashes, the left engine catches fire. There are only seconds to escape.
When all engines fail, the plane plummets but moments later, the engines restart. What caused this mysterious event?
In June, 1983, a small mechanical problem in the back of a Canadian aircraft quickly led to an all-out emergency. Thick, toxic smoke filled the plane before it burst into flames, killing 23 people.
August 6, 1997. Korean Air flight 801 departed from Seoul, Korea. It had been cleared to land at AB Won Guam Airport, Agana when it crashed about three miles south-west of the airport.
A Boeing 737 jet spins out of control on its descent, and ten seconds later all 20 passengers are dead. What resulted was one of the longest and most expensive enquiries in US aviation history.
Flying at 41,000 feet, a China Airlines flight encounters turbulence and the autopilot turns on. A series of mistakes and the pilot's poor understanding of autopilot almost ends in disaster.
The loss of over 80 lives near LA's busy airport forces authorities to change the way planes are tracked and monitored.
April 1996. US government officials and business executives are on a trade mission to Bosnia and Croatia. As they near the Dubrovnik airport, rain and clouds make the journey increasingly difficult.
January 3, 2004. Moments after taking off from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, a Boeing 737 crashes into the Red Sea. The plane's black boxes reveal the horrifying final moments.
When Athens air traffic control fails to make contact with Helios Airways Flight 522 from Cyprus, two F-16 fighters are despatched, only to watch helplessly as the jet crashes into a mountain.
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