List of Mayday episodes

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Mayday, also known as Air Crash Investigation or Air Crash Investigations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Asia and Air Emergency, or, in the United States, Air Disasters, is a Canadian documentary television series produced by Cineflix that recounts air crashes, near-crashes, fires, hijackings, bombings and other flight-related disasters and crises. It reveals the events that led to each crisis or disaster, their causes as determined by the official investigating body or bodies (often the American NTSB, as most aircraft involved are of American origin) and the measures they recommended to prevent a similar incident happening again. The programs use re-enactments, interviews, eyewitness testimony, computer-generated imagery and, in some episodes, cockpit voice recordings to reconstruct sequences of events.

As of 31 August 2012 (2012 -08-31), a total of 90 episodes of Mayday have aired, including five "Science of Disaster" specials and three "Crash Scene Investigation" spin-offs. A total of thirteen episodes are currently in production for Season 12, which premiered before filming ended on 3 August 2012.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
Season premiereSeason finale
163 September 2003 (2003-09-03)[1]22 October 2003 (2003-10-22)[1]
2623 January 2005 (2005-01-23)[2]27 February 2005 (2005-02-27)
31328 July 2006 (2006-07-28)Early 2007 (2007)
41015 April 2007 (2007-04-15)[3]2007 (2007)
5109 April 2008 (2008-04-09)[4]Mid 2008 (2008)
6316 December 2007 (2007-12-16)6 January 2008 (2008-01-06)
784 November 2009 (2009-11-04)[5]Early 2010 (2010)
82Early 2010 (2010)2010 (2010)
988 September 2010 (2010-09-08)[6]27 October 2010 (2010-10-27)
10627 February 2011 (2011-02-27)28 March 2011 (2011-03-28)[7]
111312 August 2011 (2011-08-12)13 April 2012 (2012-04-13)
12133 August 2012TBA
1310TBA 2013TBA


Note: Episodes are ordered in production numbers, not by their original air date.

Season 1 (2003)

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Racing the Storm"American Airlines Flight 14203 September 2003 (2003-09-03)[1]

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
2"Unlocking Disaster"United Airlines Flight 81110 September 2003 (2003-09-10)[1]

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
3"Flying on Empty"Air Transat Flight 2368 October 2003 (2003-10-08)[1]

On 24 August 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 ran out of fuel while flying over the Atlantic Ocean. The pilots of the aircraft 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
4"Fire on Board"Swissair Flight 11122 October 2003 (2003-10-22)[1]

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 in the onboard first class entertainment system.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-11
5"Flying Blind"Aeroperú Flight 60317 September 2003 (2003-09-17)[1]

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
6"Cutting Corners"Alaska Airlines Flight 26115 October 2003 (2003-10-15)[1]

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

Season 2 (2004)

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Blow Out"British Airways Flight 539023 January 2005 (2005-01-23)[2]

On 10 June 1990, on British Airways Flight 5390 the cockpit window blew out, blowing the captain partially through the hole. A member of the cabin crew clung to the pilot's legs as the co-pilot completed an emergency landing. The captain was found to be still alive after being outside the cockpit for 21 minutes. The blow out was caused by a maintenance worker installing the incorrect sized screws during maintenance work.

Type of aircraft: BAC-111-528FL
2"A Wounded Bird"Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 52923 January 2005 (2005-01-23)[2]

On 21 August 1995, the left-side engine on Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 partly tore itself from its mounting creating excessive drag which caused the aircraft to fall out of the sky killing nine people. A propeller, damaged by metal fatigue, caused the initial engine failure.

Type of aircraft: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
3"The Killing Machine"Air France Flight 8969 

On 24 December 1994, Air France Flight 8969 was hijacked on the ground at Algiers Airport. The terrorists demanded the aircraft be allowed to depart for Paris so they could crash the aircraft into the Eiffel Tower, but the Algerian Army blocked the plane with vehicles and refused to allow them to take off. Unable to carry out their plans, they killed three passengers over the next two days. The aircraft was then cleared to take off, but the crew diverted to Marseille Provence Airport. The Hostage rescue team of the French Gendarmerie stormed the aircraft, and after a gun battle in the cabin, the four hijackers were killed and everyone else was evacuated. It is described as one of the most successful anti-terrorist operations in history.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A300B2-1C
4"Lost"American Airlines Flight 965 

On 20 December 1995, American Airlines Flight 965 headed for Cali, Colombia. The crew was asked if they would like to do a straight-in approach to Cali. The pilots agreed and inadvertently removed the waypoints from the flight plan in their Flight management system (FMS), causing them to become unsure of their exact position. Their mistakes caused them to crash into a 9,000 foot mountain near Buga. Only four passengers and a dog survived.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 757-200
5"Missing Over New York"Avianca Flight 52 

On 25 January 1990, Avianca Flight 52, a flight to New York from Colombia, was delayed numerous times by weather en route and was dangerously low on fuel as it attempted landing. Wind shear forced the crew to abort the approach just 1 mile from the runway. They initiated a go-around, but were mishandled back into a holding pattern by air traffic controllers unaware of the low-fuel situation. The plane then ran out of fuel causing it to crash in Long Island near New York.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 707-320B
6"Deadly Crossroads"Überlingen mid-air collision 

On 1 July 2002, the Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 collided with DHL Flight 611 in German airspace near Überlingen. BTC Flight 2937 was destroyed instantly and DHL Flight 611 crashed shortly afterwards, killing all 71 people in the two aircraft. The crew of Flight 611 followed the TCAS instructions to initiate a descent while the crew of Flight 2937 listened to the air traffic controller over their TCAS and initiated a descent as well. The air traffic controller was later murdered by the father of one of the families on board the passenger plane.

Type of aircraft: Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937: Tupolev Tu-154M, DHL Flight 611: Boeing 757-200

Season 3 (2005 - 06)

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Mistaken Identity"Iran Air Flight 655 

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
2"Collision Course"The MS Express Samina sinking17 March 2006 (2006-03-17)

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). 
3"Head On Collision"Hinton train collision16 August 2006 (2006-08-16)

On 8 February 1986, a VIA Rail passenger train and a 118-car 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). 
4"Out of Control"Japan Airlines Flight 123 

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
5"Attack Over Baghdad"DHL OO-DLL 

On 22 November 2003, DHL Flight OO-DLL just took off from Baghdad International Airport when the left wing exploded causing a massive 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
6"Ocean Landing"Ethiopian Airlines Flight 96116 July 2006 (2006-07-16)

On 23 November 1996, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 was forced to 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
7"Kid in the Cockpit"Aeroflot Flight 593 

On 23 March 1994, Aeroflot Flight 593 to Hong Kong 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
8"Death and Denial"EgyptAir Flight 990 

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
9"Fight for Your Life"FedEx Flight 705 

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
10"Helicopter Down"Bristow Flight 56C 

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
11"Hanging by a Thread"Aloha Airlines Flight 243 

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
12"Runaway Train"San Bernardino train disaster27 April 2006 (2006-04-27)

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). 
13"Bomb on Board"Philippine Airlines Flight 434 

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

Season 4 (2006)

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Desperate Escape"Air France Flight 35815 April 2007 (2007-04-15)[3]

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, all 309 passengers and crew survived.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A340-313X
2"Falling from the Sky"British Airways Flight 919 April 2007 (2007-04-19)

On 24 June 1982, British Airways Flight 9 experienced St. Elmo's fire, en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 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 spewed by Galunggung during a major eruption.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B
3"Fire Fight"Air Canada Flight 79715 April 2007 (2007-04-15)[3]

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
4"Final Approach"Korean Air Flight 80126 April 2007 (2007-04-26)

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
5"Hidden Danger"United Airlines Flight 585, USAir Flight 427 and Eastwind Airlines Flight 5173 May 2007 (2007-05-03)

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. 
6"Panic over the Pacific"China Airlines Flight 00617 May 2007 (2007-05-17)

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 at San Francisco International Airport. The incident was caused by pilot error.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747SP
7"Vertigo"Flash Airlines Flight 60421 June 2007 (2007-06-21)

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
8"Ghost Plane"Helios Airways Flight 52228 June 2007 (2007-06-28)

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
9"Out of Sight"1986 Cerritos mid-air collision24 May 2007 (2007-05-24)

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 the creation of TCAS (A collision-avoidance system).

Type of aircraft: Aeroméxico Flight 498: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, N4891F: Piper PA-28-181 Archer
10"Fog of War"1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash31 May 2007 (2007-05-31)

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). 

Season 5 (2007)

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Behind Closed Doors"American Airlines Flight 96 and Turkish Airlines Flight 98116 April 2008 (2008-04-16)[4]

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
2"Gimli Glider"The Gimli Glider14 May 2008 (2008-05-14)

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 incident: Boeing 767-200
3"Invisible Killer"Delta Air Lines Flight 1917 May 2008 (2008-05-07)

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
4"Fanning the Flames"South African Airways Flight 29521 May 2008 (2008-05-21)

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. The cause of the plane crash is still unknown.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B Combi
5"Dead Weight"Air Midwest Flight 548130 April 2008 (2008-04-30)[4]

On 8 January 2003, Air Midwest Express Flight 5481 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
6"Southern Storm"Southern Airways Flight 24223 April 2008 (2008-04-23)[4]

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
7"Air India: Explosive Evidence"Air India Flight 1829 April 2008 (2008-04-09)[4]

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
8"Mixed Signals"Birgenair Flight 3014 June 2008 (2008-06-04)

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
9"Fatal Distraction"Eastern Air Lines Flight 40128 May 2008 (2008-05-28)

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
10"Phantom Strike"Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 190711 June 2008 (2008-06-11)

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 on the Gol jet died.

Type of aircraft: Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907: Boeing 737-800 N600XL: Embraer Legacy 600

Season 6 (2007) Special

Season 6 of Mayday was the first "Science of Disaster" season consisting of 3 episodes.

#TitleIncidentsOriginal air date
1"Ripped Apart"Flights 781, 201, 243, 5390, 811 and 52216 December 2007 (2007-12-16)[8]

This special looked at accidents and incidents where pressurization failure or explosive decompression played a part.

Type of aircraft: BA 781 and SA 201: de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1 AQ 243: Boeing 737-200, BA 5390: BAC-111-528FL, UA 811: Boeing 747-100, ZU 522 : Boeing 737-300. 
2"Fatal Flaw"Flights 261, 123, 529, 111, 585, 427 and 51716 December 2007 (2007-12-16)[8]

This special looked at accidents caused by seemingly minor defects or errors.

Type of aircraft: AS 261: McDonnell Douglas MD-83, JL 123: Boeing 747SR, EV 529: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, SR 111: McDonnell Douglas MD-11, UA 585: Boeing 737-200, US 427 : Boeing 737-300, W9 517 : Boeing 737-200. 
3"Who's Flying the Plane?"Flights 603, 006, 593, 604 and 2362 March 2008 (2008-03-02)[9]

This special looked at accidents and incidents where problems with the interface between crew members and onboard avionics were a factor, and the causes of those problems.

Type of aircraft: PL 603: Boeing 757-200, CI 006: Boeing 747SP, SU 593: Airbus A310-304, FSH 604: Boeing 737-300, TS 236: Airbus A330-243. 

Season 7 (2008)

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Scratching the Surface"China Airlines Flight 61118 November 2009 (2009-11-18)[5]

On 25 May 2002, China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrated in mid-air and crashed into the Taiwan Strait just 20 minutes after taking off from Taipei, killing 225 people. A faulty repair to the rear of the aircraft following an earlier tailstrike when the plane was a few months old caused the entire tail section to weaken and fail.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-209B
2"Lockerbie Disaster"Pan Am Flight 10317 December 2009 (2009-12-17)[10]

On 21 December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded in mid-air with the debris of the 747 falling on the town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-100
3"Blown Apart"Partnair Flight 39411 November 2009 (2009-11-11)[5]

On 8 September 1989, Partnair Flight 394 drove into the North Sea, killing 55 people. The investigation showed that the tail of the plane vibrated loose in flight due to sub-standard connecting bolts that had been fraudulently sold as aircraft-grade.

Type of aircraft: Convair 580
4"Operation Babylift"Tan Son Nhut C-5 accident4 November 2009 (2009-11-04)[5]

On 4 April 1975, a Lockheed C-5A Galaxy participating in the inaugural flight of Operation Babylift suffered explosive decompression when the rear cargo door failed and crashed into a paddy field while attempting an emergency landing at Tan Son Nhat airport.

Type of aircraft: Lockheed C-5A Galaxy
5"Crash Course"1996 Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision 

On 12 November 1996, Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collided in mid-air, killing 349 people. Failure of the Kazakhstan Airlines plane to maintain the altitude assigned to it by ATC was the cause.

Type of aircraft: Saudi 763: Boeing 747-100, Kazak 1907: Ilyushin Il-76
6"Flight 574: Lost"Adam Air Flight 574 

On 1 January 2007, Adam Air Flight 574 crashed into the Makassar Strait, killing 102 people. The crew inadvertently disengaged the autopilot while trying to fix a problem with their inertial reference system, causing the plane to bank into an uncontrolled dive and hit the water.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-4Q8
7"Frozen in Flight"American Eagle Flight 418416 December 2009 (2009-12-16)

On 31 October 1994, American Eagle Flight 4184 fell out of the sky, killing 68 people. The crash was caused by ice developing on the wing in a manner that the onboard deicing system could not remove.

Type of aircraft: ATR-72
8"Falling Fast"Tuninter Flight 115314 May 2009 (2009-05-14)

On 6 August 2005, Tuninter Flight 1153 ran out of fuel and ditched into the sea, killing 16 people. It ran out of fuel because the incorrect style of fuel gauge had been installed on the plane.

Type of aircraft: ATR-72

Season 8 (2009) Special

Season 8 of Mayday was the second season of the "Science of Disaster" series consisting of 2 episodes.

#TitleIncidentsOriginal air date
1"System Breakdown"Flights 2/718, 498/N4891F, 52, 1907/N600XL and 2937/611 

This special looked at the role of air traffic controllers in the airline industry, and took a look at the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a new technology meant to eliminate mid-air collisions by reducing overall dependence on radar and radio, as well as delegating some of the air traffic controllers' tasks to computers on board each plane.

Type of aircraft: TW 2: Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation and UA 718: Douglas DC-7 Mainliner, AM 498: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 and N4891F: Piper PA-28-181 Archer, AV 52: Boeing 707-320B, G3 1907: Boeing 737-800 and N600XL: Embraer Legacy 600, V9 2937: Tupolev Tu-154M and QY 611: Boeing 757-23APF. 
2"Cruel Skies"Flights 242, 191, 1420 and 9 

This special looked at the role of bad weather in disasters, and toured the US Aviation Weather Centre in Kansas City, Missouri to see how information on weather is transmitted to pilots in the sky.

Type of aircraft: SO 242: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, DL 191: Lockheed L-1011-385-1 Tristar, AA 1420: McDonnell Douglas MD-82, BA 9: Boeing 747-200B. 

Season 9 (2009)

#TitleIncidents(s)Original air date
1"Panic on the Runway"British Airtours Flight 28M1 March 2010 (2010-03-01)

On 22 August 1985, an engine of British Airtours Flight 28M caught fire during takeoff. Despite successfully abandoning takeoff, 55 people died as the fire quickly found its way into the passenger cabin while the aircraft was parked on the runway.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-236
2"Alarming Silence"Northwest Airlines Flight 25515 March 2010 (2010-03-15)

On 16 August 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 stalled as it lifted off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport and crashed just beyond the runway killing 156 people including 2 on the ground. A four year old girl was the only survivor. The investigation showed the pilots failed to configure the aircraft's flaps and slats for takeoff.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-82
3"Pilot vs. Plane"Air France Flight 2968 March 2010 (2010-03-08)

On 26 June 1988, Air France Flight 296 failed to regain altitude and crashed into trees after performing a flyby during an airshow at Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport, killing 3 people. The cause of this crash remains in dispute.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-111
4"Cleared for Disaster"USAir Flight 1493/Skywest Airlines Flight 556922 March 2010 (2010-03-22)

On 1 February 1991, USAir Flight 1493 collided with the waiting SkyWest Airlines Flight 5569 on the runway, killing 34 people. An Air traffic controller mistakenly assigned the inbound Flight 1493 to a runway where Flight 5569 was waiting to take off.

Type of aircraft: USAir Flight 1493: Boeing 737-3B7, SkyWest Airlines Flight 5569: Fairchild Metro III
5"Target is Destroyed"Korean Air Lines Flight 00729 March 2010 (2010-03-29)

On 1 September 1983, during the Cold War, Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a red eye flight was shot down after violating Soviet airspace. The crew did not switch the autopilot from heading to INS mode following take off which caused the aircraft to deviate from its assigned flight path.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-230B
6"Cold Case"Air Ontario Flight 1363 and USAir Flight 40512 April 2010 (2010-04-12)

On 10 March 1989, Air Ontario Flight 1363 crashed just after take off, killing 24 people. Three years later, on 22 March 1992, USAir Flight 405 also crashed just after take off in similar conditions to Flight 1363. The cause of the crashes was ice on the wings which significantly reduced lift.

Type of aircraft: Both Fokker F28-1000's
7"The Final Blow"Air Inter Flight 1485 April 2010 (2010-04-05)

On 20 January 1992, Air Inter Flight 148 crashed into the Vosges Mountains while circling to land at Strasbourg Airport killing 87 people. An error made in programing the autopilot of the Airbus A-320, combined with a sudden wind change, caused the plane to descend more rapidly than expected.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-111
8"Cracks in the System"Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 10119 April 2010 (2010-04-19)

On 19 December 2005, just seconds after take off from Miami, Florida the right wing of Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101 fell off due to metal fatigue and the aircraft crashed into the sea, killing 20 people.

Type of aircraft: Grumman G-73T

Season 10 (2010)

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Cockpit Failure"Crossair LX Flight 359712 March 2011 (2011-03-12)

On 24 November 2001, Crossair Flight 3597 crashed into a hill during final approach into Zurich. 28 passengers and 5 crew members were on board, but only 9 survived. The cause of the crash was the pilot descending below the minimum safe altitude (2400 feet) for the approach.[11]

Type of aircraft: BAe 146
2"The Heathrow Enigma"British Airways Flight 387 March 2011 (2011-03-07)[7]

On 17 January 2008, during short final, both of British Airways Flight 38's engines suddenly rolled back to idle. The Captain raised one notch of flaps which gave them a few more feet of flying distance. The aircraft passed over the A30 road and crashed just short of the runway. There were no fatalities, but 47 people sustained injuries. The fuel flow to both engines was restricted because of ice crystals causing a blockage in the fuel-oil heat exchangers (FOHE). Another similar incident occurred on 26 November 2008, when Delta Air Lines Flight 18's engines rolled back to idle at 39,000 feet. That Boeing 777 landed safely at Atlanta.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 777-236ER
3"Pilot Betrayed"Scandinavian Airlines Flight 75128 March 2011 (2011-03-28)[7]

On 27 December 1991, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 751, a McDonnell Douglas MD-81, crash-landed in Gottröra when both of the engines failed within 2 seconds. Clear ice had been sucked into both, causing internal damage. A system known as Automatic Thrust Restoration (ATR) then increased output after the engines had been throttled back to idle in an attempt to save them. The ATR system's existence was not something the pilots were informed about. Incredibly, all on board survive the accident.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell-Douglas MD-81
4"Dead Tired"Colgan Air Flight 340721 March 2011 (2011-03-21)[7]

On 12 February 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 stalled at 2,200 feet and plunged into a residential area near Buffalo, New York. There were no survivors from the plane and 1 person on the ground was killed. Several critical errors made by the flight crew may have been the result of fatigue.

Type of aircraft: Bombardier DHC8-402 Q400
5"Hudson River Runway"US Airways Flight 154914 March 2011 (2011-03-14)[7]

On 15 January 2009, an Airbus A320 operated by US Airways Flight 1549 encounters a bird strike with a flock of Canada geese approximately 1.5 minutes after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York en route to Charlotte/Douglas Airport. The flight lasted for 6 minutes when the plane ditched into the Hudson River, amazingly leaving all on board alive.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-214
6"Who's In Control?"Turkish Airlines Flight 195128 February 2011 (2011-02-28)

On 25 February 2009, Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 crashed 1.5 kilometers from the runway at Schiphol in Amsterdam after suffering a stall. Nine people were killed including the three cockpit crew. A faulty radio altimeter caused the plane's computer to automatically reduce engine throttle prematurely in anticipation of landing, and the flight crew failed to notice the drop in airspeed until it was too late.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-8F2

Season 11 (2011)

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Deadly Reputation"TAM Airlines Flight 305412 August 2011 (2011-08-12)

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 were killed. Incorrect engine throttle settings upon landing caused one engine to reverse thrust while the other increased power, causing a loss of control.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A320-233
2"The Plane That Flew Too High"West Caribbean Airways Flight 70819 August 2011 (2011-08-19)

On 16 August 2005, West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 stalled and crashed into a cattle farm in Venezuela during a severe thunderstorm. Investigations 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.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-82
3"Split Decision"Arrow Air Flight 128526 August 2011 (2011-08-26)

On 12 December 1985, Arrow Air Flight 1285, a charter flight carrying the 101st Airborne Division, stalled and crashed just seconds after taking off from Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada. All 256 people aboard the aircraft died.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF
4"Breakup Over Texas"Continental Express Flight 257429 December 2011 (2011-12-29)

On 11 September 1991, Continental Express Flight 2574 was nearing the end of its flight from Laredo to Houston, Texas. But as the pilots were preparing to land, the plane tipped into a dive and fell out of the sky as the left wing tore apart. All 14 people on board died in the disaster. Improper maintenance caused a section of the horizontal stabilizer to break loose in flight, after which the pilots had no control.

Type of aircraft: Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
5"Munich Air Disaster"The Munich Air Disaster29 December 2011 (2011-12-29)

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.

Type of aircraft: Airspeed AS-57 Ambassador
6"Turning Point"Northwest Airlines Flight 8529 December 2011 (2011-12-29)

On 9 October 2002, Northwest Airlines Flight 85 was cruising at 35,000 feet above the Bering Sea before the lower rudder suddenly deflected to the left. The four pilots 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.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-400
7"Bad Attitude"Korean Air Cargo Flight 850920 January 2012 (2012-01-20)

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.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-2B5F
8"Blind Spot"Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 18227 January 2012 (2012-01-27)

On 25 September 1978, PSA Flight 182 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 137 people on both planes died, as well as seven on the ground.

Type of aircraft: PSA Flight 182: Boeing 727-214, Cessna 172
9"Under Pressure"Nigeria Airways Flight 21203 February 2012 (2012-02-03)

On 11 July 1991, shortly after taking-off from Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport, Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 suffered an in-flight fire due to a burst tire. The crew unsuccessfully tried to return to the airport, with the plane breaking up and crashing within sight of the runway. The plane was carrying 247 Nigerian pilgrims and 14 crew who all perished.

Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-8-61
10"I'm The Problem"Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 177110 February 2012 (2012-02-10)

On 7 December 1987, an angry former USAir employee by the name of David Burke boarded 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 his supervisor, Ray Thomson after being fired from his job days earlier. USAir was in the process of merging with PSA at the time of the crash.

Type of aircraft: BAe 146-200
11"Nowhere to Land"TACA Flight 1109 March 2012 (2012-03-09)

On 24 May 1988, TACA Airlines Flight 110, a brand new 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 on board survived.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-3T0
12"The Invisible Plane"The Linate Airport Disaster23 March 2012 (2012-03-23)

On 8 October 2001, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686, 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 building 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.

Type of aircraft: SAS Flight 686: McDonnell-Douglas MD-87, Air Evex Citation: Cessna Citation CJ2
13"Impossible Landing"United Airlines Flight 23213 April 2012 (2012-04-13)

On 19 July 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 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 pilots managed to land at Sioux City but the plane erupted into a fireball shortly after. Of the 296 people aboard, 111 were killed in the crash, while 185 survived.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10

Season 12 (2012)

The 12th season of Mayday was announced by Cineflix in March 2011 and consists of 13 episodes. According to ACTRA Toronto, filming of the episodes started on 21 February 2012 and will end on 9 November 2012.[12] The airdates of five episodes are known, the season premiere, titled "Fight for Control" aired on 3 August 2012 on Canada's Discovery Channel. The airing dates of the 8 other episodes are currently unknown. Season 12 will begin to air on the National Geographic Channel UK and National Geographic Channel Australia in October.[13][14]

On 21 March 2012, Cineflix Rights released a list of episodes for this season.[15]

#TitleIncident(s)Original air date
1"Fight for Control"Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 83 August 2012 (2012-08-03)

On 8 June 1983, Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8's propeller separated from the aircraft over Cold Bay, Alaska causing an explosive decompression and loss of control. The pilots managed to land the aircraft safely at Anchorage, Alaska. Since the propeller fell into the sea the cause of the separation is undetermined.

Type of aircraft: Lockheed L-188 Electra
2"Fire in the Hold"ValuJet Flight 59210 August 2012 (2012-08-10)

On 11 May 1996, ten minutes after take-off, ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades after an in-flight fire started by an accidental triggering of an oxygen cylinder in the cargo area caused the passengers and crew to suffer unconsciousness. On impact, all 110 persons on board were killed instantly.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
3"Caution to the Wind"Singapore Airlines Flight 00617 August 2012 (2012-08-17)

On 31 October 2000, Singapore Airlines Flight 006 collided on take-off into construction equipment at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taipei during Typhoon Xangsane after taking off on the wrong runway. Out of the 179 passengers and crew, 83 people perished.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-412
4"Pushed to the Limit"SilkAir Flight 18524 August 2012 (2012-08-24)

On 19 December 1997, Silk Air Flight 185 en route to Singapore crashed into the Musi River in Indonesia after abruptly plunging from its 35,000 feet (10,668 m) cruise altitude, killing all 97 passengers and 7 crew on board in an instant.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-36N
5"Blind Landing"TANS Perú Flight 20431 August 2012 (2012-08-31)

On 23 August 2005, TANS Perú Flight 204 attempted to make a landing at Pucallpa Airport, Peru in a severe thunderstorm but crashed into a muddy swamp 4 miles (6.4 km) off the airfield. The cause was the pilots not following visual flight rules under adverse weather conditions.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-244 Advanced
6"Grand Canyon Collision"The 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collisionTBA

On 30 June 1956, United Airlines Flight 718 and Trans World Airlines Flight 2 collided over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. All 128 occupants on both flights were killed. At the time it was the deadliest airline crash in history, and would lead to sweeping changes in the regulation of flight operations over the United States.

  • Note: This accident was previously featured in Season 8 Episode 1, "System Breakdown" as a special.

Type of aircraft: United 718: Douglas DC-7 Mainliner, TWA 2: Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
7"Explosive Landing"Qantas Flight 32TBA

On 4 November 2010, Qantas Flight 32 enroute to Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport suffered an uncontained engine failure in its No.2 engine shortly after take-off. The crew managed to overcome a number of resulting failures and make an emergency landing back at Singapore. There were 469 passengers and crew on board. There were no injuries to the passengers, crew or people on the ground; debris from the aircraft fell onto the Indonesian island of Batam.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A380-842
8"Out of Time"United Airlines Flight 173TBA

On 28 December 1978, United Airlines Flight 173 ran out of fuel after a landing gear problem. The DC-8 circled in the vicinity of Portland and crashed in a sparsely populated area near 158th and East Burnside Street, killing 10 and seriously injuring 24 of the 189 on board. According to the NTSB, the flight crew failed to check the fuel state causing the plane to crash.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell-Douglas DC-8-61
9"Hockey Tragedy"The 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disasterTBA

On 7 September 2011, a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl professional ice hockey team crashed on take-off at the Volga River, near Yaroslavl, Russia. Out of the 45 occupants only two survived. Five days later one of the survivors (Alexander Galimov) died, succumbing to his injuries.

Type of aircraft: Yakovlev Yak-42D
10"Following Orders"The 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crashTBA

On 10 April 2010, in heavy fog and low visibility, a Tupolev Tu-154M carrying the Polish president Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria Kaczyńska and other top officials, failed to make the runway and crashed on final approach to Smolensk North Airport. All 96 occupants on board perished.

Type of aircraft: Tupolev Tu-154M
11"Aeroflot Flight 821"Aeroflot Flight 821TBA

On 14 September 2008, Aeroflot Flight 821 (operated by Aeroflot-Nord) crashed on approach into a railway line at Bolshoye Savino Airport in Perm. There were no survivors.

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-505
12"Falling to Pieces"American Airlines Flight 191TBA

On 25 May 1979, American Airlines Flight 191 a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 lost its No.1 engine moments after take-off at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and crashed into a trailer park shortly thereafter. All 271 people on board the plane as well as two other people on the ground were killed making it the worst single-aircraft air disaster in United States history.

Type of aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
13"What's Happening?"Air France Flight 447TBA

On 1 June 2009, Air France Flight 447 stalled and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 216 passengers and 12 aircrew, the worst crash of an A330.

Type of aircraft: Airbus A330-203

Season 13 (TBA 2012 - 13)

The 13th season of Mayday was announced on 17 September 2012.[16] Season 13 will consist of 10 episodes and will bring Mayday past the 100 episode milestone and is set to be filmed in Late 2012 according to the Cineflix website. Season 13 will probably air in 2013.[17]


There have been nine spin-off episodes of Mayday including Science of Disaster (Season 6 and 8), Crash Scene Investigation a spin-off that investigated train and ship disasters (Season 3; episodes 2, 3 and 12) and Crash of the Century, a 90 minute special investigating the infamous Tenerife disaster.[18]

#TitleIncidentOriginal air date
Special"Crash of the Century"The Tenerife disaster2005

On 27 March 1977, the worst ever aviation accident occurred at Los Rodeos Airport (now known as Tenerife North Airport) when Pan Am Flight 1736 and KLM Flight 4805 collided in thick fog. While poor weather also played a part in the disaster, the fundamental causes of the crash were numerous errors by the pilots and air traffic control.

Type of aircraft: Pan Am 1736: Boeing 747–121, KLM 4805: Boeing 747-206B 

Alternate Titles

The following is a list of Alternate Titles that broadcasters use in Mayday for the Canadian (Original), UK, Australian/Asia (National Geographic Channel) and the US show (Air Emergency/Air Disasters).

Season 1 (2003)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Racing the Storm""Fatal Landing"
2."Unlocking Disaster""Ripped From the Sky"
3."Flying on Empty"
4."Fire on Board""Fire in the Sky"
5."Flying Blind"
6."Cutting Corners""Fatal Error"

Season 2 (2005)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Blow Out""Ripped From the Cockpit"
2."A Wounded Bird""One Wing Flight"
3."The Killing Machine""Hijacked"Same as UK"Hijack Rescue"
4."Lost""Crash on the Mountain"
5."Missing Over New York""Deadly Delay"Same as UK
6."Deadly Crossroads""Mid-Air Collision"Same as UK"A Father's Revenge"

Season 3 (2006 - 07)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Mistaken Identity"
2."Collision Course""Greek Ferry Disaster""Express Samina"
3."Head On Collision""Impact on the Rails"
4."Out of Control"
5."Attack Over Baghdad"
6."Ocean Landing""African Hijack"Same as UK
7."Kid in the Cockpit"
8."Death and Denial""EgyptAir 990"Same as UK
9."Fight for Your Life""Suicide Attack"Same as UK
10."Helicopter Down"
11."Hanging by a Thread"
12."Runaway Train""Unstoppable Train"
13."Bomb on Board"

Season 4 (2007)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Desperate Escape""Miracle Escape"Same as UK
2."Falling from the Sky""All Engines Failed!"
3."Fire Fight""Fiery Landing"
4."Final Approach""Blind Landing""Missed Approach"
5."Hidden Danger""Mystery Crashes"
6."Panic Over the Pacific""6 Mile Plunge"
7."Vertigo""Desperate Dive"Same as UK"Deadly Disorientation"
8."Ghost Plane""Unconscious Pilot"
9."Out of Sight""Collision Over LA"
10."Fog of War""Flight 21 is Missing""Inbound""Crash in Croatia"

Season 5 (2008)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Behind Closed Doors"
2."Gimli Glider""Deadly Glide""Miracle Flight"
3."Invisible Killer""Slammed To The Ground"Same as UK
4."Fanning the Flames""Cargo Conspiracy""Mystery Fire"
5."Dead Weight
6."Southern Storm"
7."Air India: Explosive Evidence""Explosive Evidence"Same as UK
8."Mixed Signals""The Plane That Wouldn't Talk"Same as UK
9."Fatal Distraction""Who's at the Controls?"
10."Phantom Strike""Radio Silence""Death Over the Amazon"

Season 6 (2007 - 08) Special

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Ripped Apart"
2."Fatal Flaw""Fatal Fix"Same as UK
3."Who's Flying the Plane?"

Season 7 (2009 - 10)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Scratching the Surface""Shattered in Seconds"Same as UK
2."Lockerbie Disaster""Lockerbie"Same as UK"Explosive Device"
3."Blown Apart""Deadly Prize""Silent Killer"
4."Operation Babylift"
5."Crash Course""Head-On Collision""Sight Unseen""Collision Course"
6."Flight 574: Lost""The Plane That Vanished"Same as UK"Lost in Space"
7."Frozen in Flight""Deep Freeze"
8."Falling Fast""Ditch the Plane"Same as UK

Season 8 (2010) Special

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."System Breakdown""Communication Breakdown"
2."Cruel Skies""Deadly Storms"

Season 9 (2010)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Panic on the Runway""Manchester Runway Disaster"
2."Alarming Silence""Cockpit Chaos"Same as UK
3."Pilot vs. Plane"
4."Cleared for Disaster"
5."Target is Destroyed"
6."Cold Case""Snowbound""Unwelcome Addition"
7."The Final Blow""Crashed and Missing""Doomed to Fail"
8."Cracks in the System""Beach Crash""Miami Mystery"

Season 10 (2011)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Cockpit Failure"
2."The Heathrow Enigma""Heathrow Crash Landing"
3."Pilot Betrayed"
4."Dead Tired""Stalled in the Sky"
5."Hudson River Runway""Hudson Splash Down""Ditching on the Hudson"
6."Who's In Control?""Mid-Air Landing"

Season 11 (2011 - 12)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Deadly Reputation""Nightmare Runway""Disaster Runway"
2."The Plane That Flew Too High""Fatal Climb"
3."Split Decision""Military Crash Conspiracy"TBA
4."Breakup Over Texas"TBA
5."Munich Air Disaster"TBA
6."Turning Point""Deadly Design"TBA
7."Bad Attitude""Stansted Crash"TBA
8."Blind Spot""On Course To Disaster""Hiding in Plane Sight"TBA
9."Under Pressure""Desert Inferno"Same as UKTBA
10."I'm The Problem""Murder On Board"TBA
11."Nowhere to Land""Miracle Landing"TBA
12."The Invisible Plane""Zero Visibility"TBA
13."Impossible Landing""Sioux City Fireball"Same as UKTBA

Season 12 (2012)

# Canada (Original Title) UK Australia/Asia US
1."Fight for Control"TBA
2."Fire in the Hold"TBATBA
3."Caution to the Wind""Typhoon Takeoff"TBATBA
4."Pushed to the Limit"TBATBATBA
5."Blind Landing"TBATBATBA

Note: The original titles are not known for episodes 6 to 13.

Season 13 (TBA)

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mayday premieres on Discovery, Wednesday, September 3 at 10 p.m." (Press release). Cineflix. 14 August 2003. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mayday - Popular Cineflix series returns to Discovery Channel with two new back-to-back episodes, Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 8 pm ET" (Press release). Cineflix. 1 December 2004. 
  3. ^ a b c "A New Season of Mayday Takes Flight, April 15 on Discovery Channel" (Press release). Discovery Channel Canada. 30 March 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Discovery Channel Sends Out a Mayday Call – Season 5 Launches with Air India Tragedy, April 9" (Press release). Discovery Channel Canada. 25 March 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Never Take a Safe Landing For Granted Again – Discovery Channel Presents Season 7 of MAYDAY and DAILY PLANET’s "Flying Things Week" in November" (Press release). Discovery Channel Canada. 15 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Buckled In and Cabin Baggage Safely Stowed, MAYDAY returns to Discovery Channel for a 9th Season, Sept. 8" (Press release). Discovery Channel Canada. 13 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Air Crash Investigation TV Listing (UK)". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Catastrophes in the Sky – Back-to-Back Mayday Specials Reveal How Decompression Disasters and Aircraft Flaws Inspire Aviation Safety Measures, Dec. 16 on Discovery Channel" (Press release). Discovery Channel Canada. 22 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "The Perilous Balance Between Pilot Skill and Cutting-Edge Aviation Technology Featured in Mayday: "Who’s Flying the Plane," March 2 on Discovery Channel" (Press release). Discovery Channel Canada. 14 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "MAYDAY: LOCKERBIE DISASTER Takes A Look At The Tragedy of Flight 103 – 20 Years Later" (Press release). Discovery Channel Canada. 5 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Air Crash Investigation TV Listing (Australia)". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  12. ^ Pixray Productions 2012
  13. ^ Air Crash Investigation digiguide
  14. ^ Mayday: Episode Guide Zap2it
  15. ^ Mayday: Seasons I to XII Cineflix Rights. Retrieved 21 March 2012
  17. ^ Episode Breakdowns: Cineflix Rights
  18. ^ Crash of the Century Cineflix Productions

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