The Worst Episodes of Mayday: Crashes That Will Leave You Speechless.

Buckle up, folks! We’re about to take a bumpy ride through some of the worst episodes of Mayday. As a self-proclaimed TV junkie, I’ve seen my fair share of nail-biting dramas, but there’s something about this show that keeps me on the edge of my seat. Maybe it’s the fact that each episode is based on a real-life air disaster, or maybe it’s the thrill of watching a team of experts piece together the clues to figure out what went wrong. Either way, I’ve sifted through the archives to bring you the top (or bottom?) episodes that are sure to leave you gasping for air. So fasten your seatbelts and let’s take off!
Missing Over New York

Missing Over New York

Season 2 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2005-02-27

On 25 January 1990, Avianca Flight 52, a flight to New York City from Colombia, is delayed numerous times by bad weather en route and is dangerously low on fuel as it attempts a landing. Wind shear forces the crew to abort the approach just one mile from the runway. They initiate a go-around, but are directed back into a holding pattern by air traffic controllers who are unaware of the low fuel situation. The Boeing 707 then runs out of fuel, causing it to crash on Long Island near New York.

Blown Apart (Partnair Flight 394)

Blown Apart (Partnair Flight 394)

Season 7 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2009-11-25

On September 8, 1989, Partnair Flight 94, a charter from Oslo to Hamburg, suddenly begins to dive from 22 thousand feet. The aging propeller plane eventually crashes into the sea, killing all 55 people on board.

Turning Point (Air China Flight 129)

Turning Point (Air China Flight 129)

Season 17 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2017-03-06

Headed for South Korea’s Gimhae International Airport, a Boeing 767 crashes into a hillside several miles from the runway. As the nation mourns its worst-ever air disaster, investigators face puzzling evidence: The surviving captain of Air China Flight 129 claims that everything on board was normal, but air traffic controllers testify that the crew’s radio communications were anything but.

Lethal Turn (Garuda Indonesia Flight 152)

Lethal Turn (Garuda Indonesia Flight 152)

Season 17 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2017-09-05

On 26 September 1997, Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 crashes into mountainous woodlands while trying to land at Polonia International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, in low visibility. All 234 people on board are killed.

Storming Out (USAir Flight 1016)

Storming Out (USAir Flight 1016)

Season 17 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2017-09-12

On 2 July 1994, USAir Flight 1016 stalls and crashes into a residential area while attempting to land at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport during a thunderstorm, killing 37 of the 57 people on board.

Caught On Tape (TransAsia Airways Flight 235)

Caught On Tape (TransAsia Airways Flight 235)

Season 17 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2017-09-19

On 4 February 2015, TransAsia Airways Flight 235 strikes a viaduct and crashes into the Keelung River shortly after takeoff from Taipei Songshan Airport, killing 43 of the 58 people on board.

Terror Over Egypt (Metrojet Flight 9268)

Terror Over Egypt (Metrojet Flight 9268)

Season 17 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2017-09-27

On 31 October 2015, Metrojet Flight 9268 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes into the Sinai Peninsula during a routine chartered flight from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to Pulkovo Airport, killing all 224 people on board.

The Lost Plane (Thai Airways International Flight 311)

The Lost Plane (Thai Airways International Flight 311)

Season 17 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2017-10-11

On 31 July 1992, Thai Airways International Flight 311 crashes into a mountain while on final approach to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, in poor weather conditions, killing all 99 passengers and 14 crew members on board.

Deadly Discussions (LAPA Flight 3142)

Deadly Discussions (LAPA Flight 3142)

Season 17 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2017-10-25

On 31 August 1999, LAPA Flight 3142 overruns the runway and crashes while taking off from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 63 of the 100 people on board and 2 on the ground.

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Season 18 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2018-02-13

On 16 February 2000, Emery Worldwide Flight 17 crashes into an automobile salvage yard shortly after taking off from Sacramento Mather Airport on a flight to Dayton, Ohio, killing all 3 crew members on board.

Blown Away (TransAsia Airways Flight 222)

Blown Away (TransAsia Airways Flight 222)

Season 18 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2018-02-20

On 23 July 2014, TransAsia Airways Flight 222 crashes into buildings while attempting to land at Magong Airport during inclement weather and low visibility, killing 48 of the 58 people on board.

Deadly Distraction (Delta Air Lines Flight 1141)

Deadly Distraction (Delta Air Lines Flight 1141)

Season 18 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2018-02-27

On 31 August 1988, Delta Air Lines Flight 1141 crashes beyond the runway while taking off from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing 14 of the 108 people on board.

Deadly Airspace (Malaysia Airlines Flight 17)

Deadly Airspace (Malaysia Airlines Flight 17)

Season 18 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2018-03-06

On 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

Deadly Display (2012 Mount Salak Sukhoi Superjet crash)

Deadly Display (2012 Mount Salak Sukhoi Superjet crash)

Season 18 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2018-03-16

On 9 May 2012, an aircraft on a demonstration tour crashes into Mount Salak in the province of West Java. All 45 people on board are killed.

Deadly Mission

Deadly Mission

Season 18 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2018-03-23

On 31 October 2014, an experimental spaceflight test vehicle named VSS Enterprise suffers a catastrophic in-flight breakup and crashes into the Mojave Desert in California, United States, while performing a test flight. The co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, is killed; the pilot, Peter Siebold, is seriously injured.

Free Fall (Qantas Flight 72)

Free Fall (Qantas Flight 72)

Season 18 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2018-06-13

On 7 October 2008, Qantas Flight 72 suffers a pair of sudden uncommanded pitch-down manoeuvres during a flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Perth Airport. 119 of the 315 people on board are injured. The aircraft makes an emergency landing at Learmonth Airport near Exmouth, Western Australia.

Deadly Inclination (Alitalia Flight 404)

Deadly Inclination (Alitalia Flight 404)

Season 18 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2018-06-22

On 14 November 1990, Alitalia Flight 404 descends too low and crashes into the woodlands of the Stalderberg Mountain near Weiach, Switzerland, 5.2 nautical miles (9.6 kilometres) short of the runway during final approach to Zurich Airport. All 46 passengers and crew members on board are killed.

Dead of Winter (Continental Airlines Flight 1713)

Dead of Winter (Continental Airlines Flight 1713)

Season 18 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2018-07-04

On 15 November 1987, Continental Airlines Flight 1713 stalls and crashes off the right side of the runway shortly after taking off in a snowstorm from Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado, on a scheduled flight to Boise, Idaho, killing 28 of the 82 people on board.

Deadly Descent

Deadly Descent

Season 19 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2019-01-02

En route to Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Flight 780 is high over the South China Sea when both of the plane’s engines fail, turning the Airbus A-330 into a 200-ton glider; the captain takes over manual control and manages to power up one engine.

Death Race

Death Race

Season 19 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2019-01-09

Competing in a highly-modified P-51 Mustang at the Reno Air Races, Jimmy Leeward is determined to set a new speed record, but half way through the race, his plane spirals out of control and crashes onto the tarmac in front of the stands.