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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 4 (2006)Edit

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
01 "Desperate Escape" Air France Flight 358 April 15, 2007[1]
On 2 August 2005, Air France Flight 358 overran the runway in a storm and smashed through the airport fence before plunging into a small ravine. The causes of the crash were the aircraft starting too high for its landing, the runway was too short and the crew deployed the thrust reversers too late. Amazingly, there were no fatalities.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A340-313X.
Cause of disaster: Runway overrun in foul weather, runway complications, pilot error.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
02 "Falling from the Sky" British Airways Flight 9
On 24 June 1982, British Airways Flight 9 experienced St. Elmo's fire, en route to Perth, Australia. A few minutes later all four engines flamed out. After descending, the crew successfully restarted the engines and landed safely. The St. Elmo's fire and engine flame out was caused by volcanic ash.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B.
Cause of disaster: Failure of all engines in volcanic ash cloud.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
03 "Fire Fight" Air Canada Flight 797 Apr. 15, 2007[1]
On 2 June 1983, a fire broke out on Air Canada Flight 797 in the aircraft's toilet. An emergency landing was made in Cincinnati, but the aircraft was engulfed by flames as the doors opened on the runway due to a flashover, killing 23 people.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32.
Cause of disaster: Unexplained in-flight fire, Flashover.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
04 "Final Approach" Korean Air Flight 801
On 6 August 1997, the crew of Korean Air Flight 801 was unable to see the runway during final approach for a night landing in Guam They initiated a missed approach but then crashed into a low hill, killing 228 people. A combination of pilot error and the ILS system at Guam airport being temporarily out of service for maintenance work were blamed.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-300.
Cause of disaster: CFIT resulting from foul weather, Pilot error, improper training, inoperable ILS.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
05 "Hidden Danger" United Airlines Flight 585, USAir Flight 427 and Eastwind Airlines Flight 517
On 3 March 1991, United Airlines Flight 585's rudder failed and the aircraft crashed within 8 seconds, killing 25 people. On 8 September 1994, USAir Flight 427's rudder also failed, killing 132 people. On 9 June 1996, Eastwind Airlines Flight 517's rudder failed as well, but the crew successfully regained control of the aircraft and landed safely. The cause of all three incidents were the rudders doing a "hardover" and jamming due to thermal shock of the power control valve.

Type of aircraft:United Airlines Flight 585: Boeing 737-200, USAir Flight 427: Boeing 737-300, Eastwind Airlines Flight 517: Boeing 737-200.
Cause of disaster: Malfunction of power control units (PCUs) due to thermal shock.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
06 "Panic over the Pacific" China Airlines Flight 006
On 19 February 1985, China Airlines Flight 006's number four engine flamed out. As the crew tried to restart the engine the aircraft, a Boeing 747, stalled and went into a spin. The crew successfully regained control, restarted the engine and landed safely. The incident was caused by pilot error.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747SP.
Cause of disaster: Engine failure, Pilot error, Jet lag, Spatial disorientation.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
07 "Vertigo" Flash Airlines Flight 604 April 15, 2007[1]}}
On 3 January 2004, just after take-off Flash Airlines Flight 604 banked to the right and crashed, killing 148 people. The cause of this disaster is disputed and suggested to be vertigo disorientation on the part of the flight crew.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-300.
Cause of disaster: Disputed; Spatial disorientation, improper training. The Egyptian government claims structural failure.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
08 "Ghost Plane" Helios Airways Flight 522
On 14 August 2005, air traffic controllers lost radio contact with Helios Airways Flight 522. Two F-16s from the Hellenic Air Force intercepted and investigated the flight and found all but one person aboard not moving. A few moments later the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed, killing 121 people. An incorrect setting on the cabin pressurization panel caused the pilots and everyone else on board to succumb to hypoxia.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-300.
Cause of disaster: Pilot error, hypoxia, loss of cabin pressure, fuel exhaustion, engine failure. }}

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
09 "Out of Sight" Aeroméxico Flight 498/Piper Archer N4891F
On 31 August 1986, Aeroméxico Flight 498 a DC-9 and Piper Archer N4891F collided over Cerritos, California causing both planes to go out of control, killing 82 people. The accident was caused by neither pilot making visual contact and a lack of automated collision-warning systems. The crash inspires TCAS (A collision-avoidance system).

Type of aircraft: Aeroméxico Flight 498: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, N4891F: [[Piper PA-28-181 Archer.
Cause of disaster: Mid-air collision, Pilot error (Piper), ATC error, outdated radar systems. }}

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
10 "Fog of War" 1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash
ShortSummary = On 3 April 1996, while attempting to land at Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia during a heavy fog, United States Air Force Flight IFO-21 went off course and crashed into a mountain. All 35 people aboard were killed, including the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown.

Type of aircraft: Boeing CT-43 (A modified Boeing 737-200).
Cause of disaster: Pilot error, badly designed instrument approach procedure, relying on unapproved charts that did not meet minimum standards.


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