With every air crash disaster, a new lesson is learnt and aviation safety improved
GRIPPING series Aircrash Confidential returns tonight to explore the most incredible aviation detective stories ever.
Each episode starts with a mystery — from planes seemingly with a mind of their own to pilots going apparently crazy — that takes viewers on a journey through other crashes and near-misses that enable investigators to explain what happened, and how to help prevent disasters in the future.
Every air crash is a catastrophe that leaves behind bereaved families and ruined lives. But with each disaster, a lesson is learnt and aviation safety is gradually improved.
In the series opener, the show takes a closer look at the Boeing 737 mystery that plagued the world’s most popular jetliner for six years which led to two fatal crashes and highlights the engineering ingenuity that led to a solution.
Various aviation disasters from recent years are also investigated, including the Russian plane crash last year when, due to mistakes made by the pilot during take-off, 44 people were killed including an entire professional hockey team. There is also an insight into the deadliest single-aircraft accident in aviation history, when in 1985, 520 people died after Japan Airlines Flight 123 suffered mechanical failures and crashed into Mount Takamagahara.
The six-part Aircrash Confidential 2 will explore how and why the disaster happened, including pilot fatigue, poor maintenance and systems failure. Powerful personal accounts from witnesses, survivors and the families of the bereaved will show the human cost of air disasters, while dramatic reconstructions, CGI and interviews with investigators, and experts illustrate the precise technical causes of the disasters.
Gain insight into these aviation disasters and find out how, and why the tragedies happened as the show takes you right into the cockpit as events unfold.
Aircrash Confidential 2 airs on Discovery Channel every Wednesday at 10pm. There will be repeats every Thursday at 8pm, Saturday (4pm) and Sunday (midnight).