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Every air crash is a catastrophe that leaves behind bereaved families and ruined lives. But each air crash is also a lesson learnt, and because of each disaster we now know how to build safer planes, evacuate passengers more swiftly, and better avoid collisions. Lives have been saved because of what these tragedies have taught us, and yet, despite this progress, more and more disasters still happen. Using powerful personal accounts from survivors, pilots and witnesses as well as comments from aviation experts and CGI, each episode of Air Crash Confidential investigates a selection of aviation disasters to reveal how and why tragedy still happens. It will discover why, despite repeated warnings, terrorists remain one step ahead of airport security, and how only a seating plan error and some sweaty feet saved hundreds from being blown up in mid- air. We will also reveal how a computer designed to eliminate pilot error led to a Qantas flight plummeting hundreds of feet, and that however brilliant our technology, human error can never be entirely eliminated - Air Traffic controller Pieter Nielsen was eventually murdered because of a mistake he made on a busy day that caused the deaths of 45 schoolchildren.
|S01E01||Pilot Error||17/01/2011||Incompetent pilots have caused countless horrific crashes, but in their desperate attempt to eliminate human error, have airlines actually made flying more risky?|
|S01E02||Engineering Error||24/01/2011||Planes hold lives in the balance but sometimes there are fatal errors in their design. Find out why a Jumbo Jet exploded mid-flight and DC10s fell from the sky.|
|S01E03||Terrorism||31/01/2011||Planes are an ideal terrorist target, carrying hundreds of potential victims and assuring worldwide publicity. How can new technologies stop hijackers getting on board?|
|S01E04||Collisions||07/02/2011||When 47 children died in a plane crash, one grieving dad tracked down the air traffic controller on duty and murdered him. Why do these fatal collisions still occur?|
|S01E05||Extreme Weather||14/02/2011||Why does bad weather crash planes? And how did Juliane Koepcke survive when lightning struck her flight, and she plunged into a rainforest, still strapped in her seat?|
|S01E06||Fire On Board||00/00/0000||When fire breaks out on a flight passengers only have two minutes to escape. Experts explore why some don't make it, and how larger planes pose a greater threat.|
|S02E01||Autopilot Error||20/02/2012||Disasters atribbuted to "auto-pilot error". Disasters included: Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, Birgenair Flight 301 and a Qantas Boeing 737 Incident.|
|S02E02||737 Tailfin Mystery||01/07/2012||Disasters included: United Airlines Flight 585 and USAir Flight 427.|
|S02E03||Pilot Fatigue||27/02/2012||Disasters included: Air India Express Flight 812, Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 and Colgan Air Flight 3407.|
|S02E04||Systems Failure||05/03/2012||Disasters included: Qantas Flight 32, United Airlines Flight 232 and XL Airways Germany Flight 888T|
|S02E05||Poor Maintenence||15/03/2012||Disasters included: Southwest Airlines Flight 812, Japan Air Lines Flight 123 and British Airways Flight 5390|
|S02E06||Take-off||18/03/2012||Disasters included: Spanair Flight 5022, Emirates Flight 407 and 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster.|