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Mayday, also known as Air Crash Investigation(s) in the United Kingdom, Australia and Asia and Air Emergency amd Air Disasters in the United States is a Canadian documentary television program produced by Cineflix investigating air crashes, near-crashes hijackings, bombings, and other disasters. It reveals events that led up to each disaster, the causes of the incedents and the measures recommended in the report by the NTSB or the investigating Commission to prevent a similar incedent happening again. It features re-enactments, interviews, eyewitness testimony, compter-gnerated imagery, and in some episodes cockpit voice recordings were used to reconstruct the sequence of events to the audiences.

Season 1 (2003)Edit

# Title Disaster(s) Original air date
01 "Racing the Storm" American Airlines Flight 1420 September 3, 2003
On 1 June 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420 tried to land at the Little Rock National Airport during a storm but overran the runway killing eleven people. The crash was caused by the crew not arming the spoilers during their pre-landing checks.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-82.
Cause of disaster: Pilot error, Foul weather.

# Title Disaster(s) Original air date
02 "Unlocking Disaster" United Airlines Flight 811 September 10, 2003
On 24 February 1989, United Airlines Flight 811 was flying above the Pacific Ocean when part of the right-side fuselage was ripped off, ejecting nine people from the aircraft and causing explosive decompression. The flight later landed safely at Honolulu without any more loss of life. An electrical short circuit caused the cargo door to open, creating the explosive decompression.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-100.
Cause of disaster: Faulty cargo door, explosive decompression.

# Title Disaster(s) Original air date
03 "Flying on Empty" Air Transat Flight 236 October 8, 2003
On 24 August 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 ran out of fuel while flying over the Atlantic Ocean. The pilots of the Airbus 330 safely glided and landed the aircraft at a naval base in the island of Azores. The fuel starvation was caused by improper maintenance work which allowed a hydraulic oil pipe and a fuel pipe to rub together resulting in the fracture of the fuel pipe and resulting leak.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A330-243.
Cause of disaster: Fuel starvation due to fuel leak, Faulty maintenance.

# Title Disaster(s) Original air date
04 "Fire on Board" Swissair Flight 111 October 22, 2003
On 2 September 1998, a fire broke out on Swissair Flight 111 while in-flight, damaging vital systems and causing the aircraft to crash into the sea off Peggy's Cove with no survivors. The fire was caused by faulty wiring.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-11.
Cause of disaster: In-flight fire, faulty wiring.

# Title Disaster(s) Original air date
05 "Flying Blind" Aeroperú Flight 603 September 17, 2003
On 2 October 1996, shortly after take off the crew of Aeroperú Flight 603 were confused by false speed and altitude readings and contradictory warnings from the aircraft's air data system. In preparation for an emergency landing the crew descended the aircraft, but unknowingly descend too far by relying on the false readings. The plane crashes into water, killing everyone on board. The false readings and contradictory warnings were caused by duct tape over the static ports, the duct tape was used to protect the ports during maintenance but was not removed afterwards.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 757-200.
Cause of disaster: static ports blocked by sticky tape, Faulty maintenance.

# Title Disaster(s) Original air date
06 "Cutting Corners" Alaska Airlines Flight 261 January 23, 2005
On 31 January 2000, Alaska Airlines Flight 261's trimmable horizontal stabilizer jammed and broke free from its control system and the aircraft dove inverted into the Pacific Ocean, causing the death of all on board. The stabilizer failed due to an improperly maintained jack-screw assembly.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-83.
Cause of disaster: Faulty maintenance, horizontal stabilizer trim failure.

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