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 5 (2007)Edit

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
01 "Behind Closed Doors" American Airlines Flight 96 and Turkish Airlines Flight 981 April 16, 2008[1]
On 12 June 1972, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 just a few months old, operating American Airlines Flight 96 from Detroit, Michigan to Buffalo, New York, suffered an explosive decompression after a cargo door bursts open. The crew made an emergency landing at Detroit, Michigan without any loss of life. However, the design fault with the cargo door mechanism was not rectified and two years later on 3 March 1974, Turkish Airlines Flight 981 suffered a similar circumstance during a flight from Paris to London. This time the DC-10's hydraulic systems were damaged beyond control and the aircraft crashed in a forest near Senlis, killing all 346 on board, at the time it was the worst aviation disaster in history.

Type of aircraft: Both McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10's.
Cause of disaster: Explosive decompression resulting from faulty cargo door design.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
02 "Gimli Glider" The Gimli Glider
On 23 July 1983, Air Canada Flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet (12,000m) altitude, about halfway through its flight from Montreal to Edmonton. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, a former airbase at Gimli, Manitoba. A math error in converting between metric and non-metric units caused the plane to be loaded with insufficient fuel prior to flight.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-200.
Cause of disaster: Fuel starvation resulting from ground and flight crew errors, math error.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
03 "Invisible Killer" Delta Air Lines Flight 191
On 2 August 1985, Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crashed while on approach to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, killing eight of 11 crew members and 128 of the 152 passengers on board plus one person on the ground. This accident was one of the few commercial air crashes in which the meteorological phenomenon known as microburst-induced wind shear was a direct contributing factor.

Type of aircraft: Lockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar.
Cause of disaster: Microburst-induced wind shear, pilot error.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
04 "Fanning the Flames" South African Airways Flight 295 January 23, 2005
On 28 November 1987, South African Airways Flight 295 started filling with smoke high above the Indian Ocean. A fire had erupted in the rear main level cargo area; the pilots successfully opened the doors in flight to clear the smoke from the aircraft, however it mysteriously crashed with no survivors. How the plane crashed is still unknown.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B Combi.
Cause of disaster: In-flight cargo fire. }}

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
05 "Dead Weight" Air Midwest Flight 548 April 30, 2008[1]
On 8 January 2003, Air Midwest Express Flight 548 crashed into an aircraft hangar of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport seconds after take-off on a flight to Greenville. All 21 people on the plane died and one person on the ground was injured. Investigation showed that the pilot's controls had been improperly calibrated during maintenance.

Type of aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D.
Cause of disaster: Maintenance error and overloading.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
06 "Southern Storm" Southern Airways Flight 242 January 23, 2005
On 4 April 1977, Southern Airways Flight 242 was a flight from Huntsville, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia. It flew through a severe thunderstorm and was hit by large hailstones. Both engines of the DC-9-31 failed and the aircraft made an emergency landing on a highway in New Hope, Paulding County, Georgia. However it collided with a gas station and exploded, killing 62 people on board and eight on the ground; two more died later of injuries they sustained during the crash.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31.
Cause of disaster: Extreme weather leading to multiple engine failures and ATC error.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
07 "Air India: Explosive Evidence" Air India Flight 182 April 9, 2008[1]
On 23 June 1985, Air India Flight 182 exploded in mid-air and disintegrated over the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 passengers and crew. Investigators discovered that a bomb from Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa caused the explosion.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B.
Cause of disaster: Terrorist bomb resulting in a mid-air explosion. }}

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
08 "Mixed Signals" Birgenair Flight 301
On 6 February 1996, Birgenair Flight 301 was scheduled to fly from Puerto Plata to Frankfurt. On takeoff, the captain found that his air speed indicator (ASI) was not reading properly, though the co-pilot's ASI was showing the correct speed. Both pilots become confused and believe that both ASIs are malfunctioning. They then lost control of the aircraft and crashed in the Atlantic. All 13 crew members and 176 passengers died.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 757-200.
Cause of disaster: Pitot tube blocked by mud dauber wasps, FMC error, Autopilot error. Pilot error.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
09 "Fatal Distraction" Eastern Air Lines Flight 401
On 29 December 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 to Miami International Airport crashed in the Everglades. The crew was distracted by a faulty landing gear indicator light, and accidentally disengage the autopilot while trying to resolve the problem. Flying at night, they failed to notice their descent until only seconds before hitting the ground. 101 people died. 75 survived.

Type of aircraft: Lockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar.
Cause of disaster: CFIT, Pilot error.

# Title= Disaster(s) Original air date
10 "Phantom Strike" Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907
On 29 September 2006, Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 a Boeing 737-800 and a brand-new Embraer Legacy business jet on its delivery flight collided in mid-air over the Amazon. The 737 commercial flight crashed into the Amazon but the Legacy jet managed to make a safe landing at an air base. All 154 people aboard the 737 jet died.

Type of aircraft: Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907: Boeing 737-800 N600XL: Embraer Legacy 600.
Cause of disaster: Mid-Air Collision resulting from ATC error, design flaw of the Legacy's cockpit, Pilot error (Embraer). }}

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