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Season 11, Episode 13 - Aired 04/13/2012
On 19 July 1989, United Airlines Flight 232's DC-10 was crippled when an engine exploded causing serious damage to the vital hydraulics system causing the plane to go out of control. By varying engine power, the pilot managed to land at Sioux City but the plane erupted into a fireball shortly after.
Season 11, Episode 12 - Aired 03/23/2012
On 8 October 2001, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686, a McDonnell-Douglas MD-87 airliner carrying 110 people bound for Copenhagen, Denmark collided on take-off at Milan's Linate Airport into an Air Evex Cessna Citation CJ2 business jet carrying four people bound for Paris, France. The MD-87 plane suffered major damage and crashed into a hangar shortly afterwards. All 114 people on board the two aircraft were killed, the crash and subsequent fire killed a further more four Italian ground personnel in the hangar, and injured four more.
Season 11, Episode 11 - Aired 03/09/2012
On 24 May 1988, TACA Airlines Flight 110, a Boeing 737 flew through a thunderstorm and suffered a dual engine flameout. The captain, Carlos Dardano amazingly managed to make a deadstick landing on a narrow grass levee close to a nearby bank at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in the Michoud area of eastern New Orleans, USA. All onboard survived.
Season 11, Episode 10 - Aired 02/10/2012
On 7 December 1987, an angry former USAir employee by the name of David Burke boarded its parent airline, PSA Flight 1771 en route to San Francisco. Burke incapacitated the pilots after taking off. Shortly, thereafter the plane crashed in a cattle ranch at the speed of sound in San Luis Obispo County, California. All 43 people on board, including Burke, were killed. Investigators from the FBI found out that David Burke's motive was to kill Ray Thomson after firing from his job days earlier.
Season 11, Episode 9 - Aired 02/03/2012
On 11 July 1991, shortly after taking-off from Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport, Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 suffered an in-flight fire. The crew unsuccessfully tried to return to the airport, the plane breaking up within sight of the runway. The plane was carrying 247 Nigerian pilgrims and 14 crew who all perished.
Season 11, Episode 8 - Aired 01/27/2012
On 25 September 1978, PSA Flight 182's Boeing 727 collided into a private Cessna 172 while approaching Lindbergh Field and crashed into a residential area in San Diego, it was the biggest airline disaster at the time in American history. All people on both planes die, as well as seven on the ground.
Season 11, Episode 7 - Aired 01/20/2012
On 22 December 1999, a cargo flight operating as Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509 left London Stansted Airport for Milan, Italy, crashed about 55 seconds after taking off. All 4 crew members died in the disaster. The cause of the crash was a malfunctioning ADI and lack of communication amongst the crew.
Season 11, Episode 6 - Aired 12/29/2011
On 9 October 2002, Northwest Airlines Flight 85's 747 is cruising 35,000 feet above the Bering Sea before the lower rudder suddenly deflects to the left. The four pilots must divert their plane and make an emergency landing in Anchorage, Alaska. No one is hurt or killed in the incident. The cause is later attributed to a fatigue failure of the rudder hydraulic system.
Season 11, Episode 5 - Aired 12/29/2011
On 6 February 1958, British European Airways Flight 609, carrying members of the famed Manchester United football team, crashed into a house about 300 meters from the end of the runway in Munich, killing 23 aboard. The cause of the crash was slush on the runway which slowed the plane down, preventing it from reaching takeoff speed.
Season 11, Episode 4 - Aired 12/29/2011
On 11 September 1991, Continental Express Flight 2574 is nearing the end of its flight from Laredo to Houston, Texas. But as the pilots are preparing to land, the plane tips into a severe dive and falls out of the sky as the left wing tears apart. All 14 people on board die in the disaster. Improper maintenance caused a section of the horizontal stabilizer to break loose in flight, after which the pilots had no control.
Season 11, Episode 3 - Aired 08/26/2011
On 12 December 1985, a charter flight carrying the 101st Airborne Division as Arrow Air Flight 1285, stalled and crashed just seconds after taking off from Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada. All 256 people aboard the aircraft died.
Season 11, Episode 2 - Aired 08/19/2011
On 16 August 2005, West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 flew through a moderate hurricane. Shortly thereafter the pilots began to report that both engines have failed and a few minutes later the plane crashes into a cattle farm in Venezuela. Investigation revealed there were no faults with the engines, pilot error had led to a stall that was misinterpreted by the crew who took no recovery action until it was too late.
Season 11, Episode 1 - Aired 08/12/2011
On 17 July 2007, TAM Airlines Flight 3054 slid off runway 35L at Congonhas Airport and crashed at high speed into a TAM Express warehouse adjacent to a filling station and exploded. A total of 199 people aboard the plane and on the ground are killed. Incorrect engine throttle settings upon landing caused one engine to reverse thrust while the other increased power, causing a loss of control.