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

As of Febuary 17, 2012, a total of 83 episodes of Mayday have aired including five "Science of Disaster" specials and three "Crash Scene Investigation" spin-offs.

Season 3 (2005 - 06)Edit

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
01 "Mistaken Identity" Iran Air Flight 655
ShortSummary = On 3 July 1988, during the Iran–Iraq War the USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 killing 290 people. The crew of the Vincennes, despite its high-tech equipment, mistook the airliner for an F-14 Tomcat fighter.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B2-203.
Cause of disaster: Shot down by the USS Vincennes.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
02 "Collision Course" MS Express Samina sinking

ShortSummary = On 26 September 2000, waves pushed the MS Express Samina off course causing it to hit a group of rocks off Paros and sinks killing 80 people. The ferry was on autopilot with the crew not monitoring the ship's course, instead they were watching a football match. Note: This is a Crash Scene Investigation episode.


Type of ship: Passenger ferry (MS Express Samina).
{C {C}{C {C Cause of disaster: Helmsman and crew error.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
03 "Head On Collision" Hinton train collision
ShortSummary = On 8 February 1986, a VIA Rail passenger train and a 118-car freight train collided, killing 23 people. The freight train crew did not stop at a red railway signal on a section of a passing loop because they were possibly asleep.Note: This is a Crash Scene Investigation episode.

Type of train: VIA Rail passenger train (FP9A and F9B locomotives); 118-car freight train (one EMD GP38-2 and two EMD SD40 locomotives.
Cause of disaster: Driver fatigue, overseer error.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
04 "Out of Control" Japan Airlines Flight 123
ShortSummary = On 12 August 1985, the rear pressure bulkhead burst on Japan Airlines Flight 123, destroying the vertical stabilizer and severing all four of the aircraft's hydraulic systems. The crew managed to keep the aircraft flying for 32 minutes until it clipped Mt Osutaka and crashed, killing all but 4 people out of the 524 passengers and crew aboard.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747SR.
Cause of disaster: Faulty maintenance, all hydraulics lost, explosive decompression.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
05 "Attack Over Baghdad" DHL OO-DLL

ShortSummary = On 23 November 2003, the DHL OO-DLL just took off from Baghdad International Airport when the left wing exploded causing loss of hydraulic pressure. The crew flew the Airbus A300 for 16 minutes when it successfully landed using the engines to control the aircraft. A surface-to-air missile was fired at the aircraft.


Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B4-203F.
Cause of disaster: Missile attack, loss of all hydraulics.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
06 "Ocean Landing" Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961
ShortSummary = On 23 November 1996, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 was forced to do a ditch after running out of fuel. The aircraft broke up as the wings hit the water, killing 125 people. The aircraft had been hijacked and ran out of fuel because the hijackers did not believe the pilot's insistence that there was not enough fuel aboard to make it to the hijackers' planned destination, Australia.
Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-200ER.

Cause of disaster: Aircraft hijacking, fuel starvation.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
07 "Kid in the Cocpit" Aeroflot Flight 593
ShortSummary = On 23 March 1994, Aeroflot Flight 593 stalled and crashed killing 75 people. The pilot's 15 year old son accidentally disabled the autopilot while in the captain's seat, causing the aircraft to bank heavily to the right creating the stall.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A310-304.
Cause of disaster: Pilot error (the pilot's 15 year old son disabled the autopilot).

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
08 "Death and Denial" EgyptAir Flight 990
ShortSummary = On 31 October 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 from New York to Cairo, Egypt dove out of the sky and crashed into the sea killing 217 people. The cause of the crash is disputed, the Egyptian government claims mechanical failure associated with the elevator controls caused the crash, while the US government claims the aircraft was deliberately crashed by the First Officer Gameel Al-Batouti in a suicide/homicide.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER
{C Cause of disaster: Disputed; the Egyptians claim elevator failure, while the US government (NTSB) claims the aircraft was deliberately crashed in a case of suicide/homicide.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
09 "Fight for Your Life" FedEx Flight 705
ShortSummary = On 7 April 1994, Auburn Calloway, a disgruntled employee, attempted to hijack FedEx Flight 705 with hammers and a speargun. The crew successfully subdued Calloway and landed the aircraft safely at Memphis despite sustaining serious injury.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30.
{C Cause of disaster: Attempted hijacking.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
10 "Helicopter Down" Bristow Flight 56C
ShortSummary = On 19 January 1995, the crew of Bristow Flight 56C were forced to ditch into the sea, after lightning damaged the tail rotor spinning the helicopter beyond control. Despite the conditions, the sixteen oil rig workers and pilots were rescued by nearby ships.

Type of aircraft: Aerospatiale AS 332L Super Puma.
{C Cause of disaster: Lightning, tail rotor failure.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
11 "Hanging by a Thread" Aloha Airlines Flight 243
ShortSummary = On 28 April 1988, Aloha Airlines Flight 243 was en route from Hilo to Honolulu in Hawaii when the roof of the front fuselage was torn off sucking out a flight attendant. The aircraft landed safely at Kahului, Maui. The fuselage failed from corrosion damage and metal fatigue.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-200.
{C Cause of disaster: Faulty lap joint, Metal fatigue, Explosive decompression.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
12 "Runaway Train" San Bernardino train disaster
ShortSummary = On 12 May 1989, a 69-car freight train went out of control while descending from California's Cajon Pass. It derailed into a residential neighborhood of San Bernardino after reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Two residents and two train crew were killed in the initial crash. A clerical error had caused the train's weight to be greatly underestimated, and it had been assembled without enough locomotives to provide adequate braking. Additionally, several of the engines had completely inoperable brakes, but this information was not passed on to the crews. More than a week later, an underground gasoline pipeline, which was damaged by earth-moving equipment during crash cleanup, ruptured and sparked a fire that killed a further two people.

Note: This is a Crash Scene Investigation episode.


Type of train: 69 freight cars pulled by 6 locomotives (Freight train).
{C Cause of disaster: Brake failure, calculation error, poor communication.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
13 "Bomb on Board" Philippine Airlines Flight 434
ShortSummary = On 11 December 1994, a bomb exploded on Philippine Airlines Flight 434 to Tokyo, killing a passenger, injuring many and damaging some of the aircraft's control systems. The crew successfully landed the aircraft at Naha Airport in Okinawa. Ramzi Yousef, a terrorist smuggled the bomb aboard on the first leg of the flight.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B.
Cause of disaster: In-flight terrorist bomb, damage to control systems.

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