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Air Crash Investigation aka Mayday

Am I the only sick fuck who watches this horrific show about horrific plane crashes as pure entertainment? They have the best CGI re-enactments of planes going boom. I can't help myself. Please tell me I'm not the only one who loves disaster porn like this.

by Anonymousreply 3403/03/2013

Yes, op. Here at the DL air disasters are just like porn.

by Anonymousreply 108/04/2012

I fear flying, but I'm drawn to these kinds of shows.

by Anonymousreply 208/04/2012

My family calls me the disaster porn queen. I don't know why I love this stuff but I know in real life I would barf my socks off if I ever saw anything in real life. I think I must be one sick puppy.

by Anonymousreply 308/04/2012

The shows about getting away with murder are better.

by Anonymousreply 408/04/2012

Plane crashes are a big part of people's subconscious. Everyone I know has had a plane crash dream, although what these symbolize is still up for debate.

by Anonymousreply 508/05/2012

Many are curious as to what really happens in a crash. Until the last 30 years or so, we rarely had any inkling of what happens in the final moments in the cockpit or the on the passenger deck.

by Anonymousreply 608/05/2012

Probably the most disturbing to me - because it was so unlikely - was the mid-air collision over Germany of a Russian passenger plane, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, and a cargo plane. The Russian plane broke apart and many passengers free fell to their deaths.

The Russian plane was a charter flight carrying about 42 Russian school-children (they'd accidentally missed their original flight). Lots of pictures on the net of the children (most young teens) enjoying their extended layover in Moscow.

Other last minute passengers were a woman and her two young children going to Spain to visit her husband - who was on an extended business trip.

The husband was one of the first to arrive at the crash site - he found his daughter's in-tact but dead body in a tree. His son's body struck asphalt and was splattered, the upper torso of his wife was found in a field. There are pictures of it on the internet.

The guy pretty much lost his mind, and ended up tracking down and murdering the air traffic controller who was on-shift when the accident occurred.

by Anonymousreply 708/05/2012


#8's story, Wife of the guy who killed the pilot.

by Anonymousreply 808/05/2012

Love this series. Have all but one of the seasons recorded. They do an excellent job of getting actors that resemble the real pilots/passengers and also do the locations/recreations very well. That's not a simple task.

by Anonymousreply 908/06/2012

Was fascinated by disasters and disaster movies since 5th grade and when went to see 'Airport' at the walk-in.

I finally turned away on 9/11.

by Anonymousreply 1008/06/2012

My partner is scared of flying and someone who starts hyperventilating every time we are on a flight with patches of moderate turbulence. However, I got him hooked on this show.

In addition to the episode mentioned by R8, I also find one with the Russian pilot who allowed his teenage son to take control of the plane rather disturbing.

by Anonymousreply 1108/06/2012

I'm always disturbed by the fire in flight episodes. It's something I can imagine happening so easily when I fly, and there's nothing you can do about it.

by Anonymousreply 1208/06/2012

Flying is pretty safe and my fear of it is making things more difficult for me, but I always think that even when a plane has been thoroughly checked and given a clean bill of health, there's still always the possibility that some freakish, unforseen glitch might occur and bring it down and that's what always stops me from flying.

I've seen the story R8 refers to a couple of times on Air Emergency, it's so scary and sad and I felt sorry for the overworked air traffic controller along with everyone else who lost their lives.

by Anonymousreply 1308/06/2012

that is fucked up R8

by Anonymousreply 1408/06/2012

Here's a near impossible feat executed by this gorgeous pilot. He glided a monster of an airbus with no power and loss of life. He was overshadowed by 9/11.

by Anonymousreply 1503/01/2013

The hero pilot did prison time for drug smuggling. Credits doing time.

by Anonymousreply 1603/01/2013

The NatGeo docudrama version.

by Anonymousreply 1703/01/2013

The husband flew from Spain to the crash site upon hearing of the accident, R8? The bodies must have been dispersed over a huge area.

by Anonymousreply 1803/01/2013


Pull Up. Pull Up. Pull Up.


Oh you're fucked!

Oh you're fucked!

Oh you're fucked!

by Anonymousreply 1903/01/2013

r8, that is so horrific and macabre. Those precious babies.

by Anonymousreply 2003/01/2013

Hey OP - guess I'm a sick fuck too - quite possibly sicker!

Always loved planes since i was a kid - and always been fascinated by crashes and reading about what happened - so this series is like fucking heroin for me! (seriously - when I was in primary school - grade school there - ? I discovered that in every Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook there was an update of that year's plane crashes - and used to have them practically memorised from constant re-reading!)

Anyway - It actually got ridiculous - our lame-ass cable provider here in Oz - Foxtel - has so much crap programming that i'd be channel surfing night after night and there'd be nothing on - but Aircrash Investigation - as it was called here - would just be on an endless loop - constantly getting repeated - so I'd end up killing time with it again...

It reached the point where I must have seen each episode half a dozen times - and was sick of it. Could tune in and within a few seconds would know if I'd seen it before... sick fuck, right?

So recently ditched cable - and tho it's on free-to-air here occasionally I haven't really bothered - again - it's usually repeats...

BUT I wandered into an electronics/DVD store the other day - and saw a boxed set of the whole series!! - and for a moment I was sorely tempted - LOL!

The other thing is there was another series - on NatGeo I think - here it was called Seconds from Disaster - and it had a couple of great eps - one in particular on the Comet disasters of the fifties - and one on the two 747s colliding in the Canary Islands - and the Hindenberg too. Very well done!

I guess my only real complaint is that I would like to have seen some more episodes on plane crashes from the forties, fifties and sixtes - love the aircaft from those eras! = but I guess they'd be more expensive to produce (more CGI required, period costumes and locations, etc) and perhaps the info available on them today is fairly scarce and might be hard to 'flesh out' the story? Unlikely to be any survivors left to interview by now...

Anyway - glad to hear it's not just me. I think my partner has misgivings about my mental health at times... sigh.

by Anonymousreply 2103/01/2013

I've always felt that people with an intense fear of flying - and especially those who display it on the plane - are incredibly self-centered and self-absorbed.

by Anonymousreply 2203/01/2013

Portugal was able to scramble jets to intercept that flight. Interesting, no?

by Anonymousreply 2303/01/2013

Plane crash death trolls

by Anonymousreply 2403/01/2013

Be an air crew member for a day, sort of

British Airways' safety awareness course gives people a chance to try escaping a smoky cabin, slipping down an emergency chute and more.

By George Hobica, Special to the Los Angeles Times

March 3, 2013

If you've ever wondered why airlines dim lights upon landing, why it's important to put your oxygen mask on or what it's like to jump onto an inflatable emergency slide, British Airways has just the ticket. It's the BA Flight Safety Awareness Course (, a modified version of the training that flight crews get after they're hired and then once a year thereafter.

It's a fascinating way to spend a day in London. You get to slide down that emergency chute. If you've ever wanted to pull the inflation cord on one of those airplane life vests, this is your chance. You also get to evacuate a cabin filled with "smoke" (the kind used in a theater or rock concert, but it does the trick). You'll practice the fine points of the "brace position." And best of all, you'll understand why some of the more obscure procedures and safety warnings are part of the flight experience.

You've heard it over and over: Put on your own oxygen mask before helping those around you. The reason? You might only have 15 or 20 seconds in the event of a cabin decompression, during which all oxygen would be sucked out of the plane (and your lungs), before you would experience confusion and a euphoric "stoned" state. In 30 to 45 seconds you'd probably pass out. Acting quickly is important.

Some of the details of flight safety may seem particularly arcane and even anal, but there's a reason for every one. If you've ever looked at the safety card in the seat-back pocket, you may have noticed that the correct brace position is to put your hands on your head, with one hand over the other (not with fingers locked). If something falls on you during a crash landing, you want to protect at least one hand (preferably your writing hand) because you'll need it to unbuckle your seat belt.

While your pilots are waiting for take off, they're probably doing a safety drill. They go through the motions of various procedures, touching and even moving the controls. Passengers should do these same "touch drills" before takeoff, perhaps buckling and unbuckling their seat belts three times for muscle memory.

That escape-path lighting along the floor might seem counterintuitive because it's red. Shouldn't it be green (as in "go") instead? The answer is no, and here's why: Red shows up better in a smoke-filled cabin. And indeed, it's true, as we learned when our "cabin" became a soupy fog.

Why do airlines dim the cabin lights during nighttime takeoffs and landings? You guessed it: to help adjust your eyes to the dark (either inside a smoke-filled cabin or on a darkened runway).

I left the course thinking that more passengers would listen to the preflight safety demo if airlines shared some of this insider information before each flight, maybe mixing it up from time to time so that the demo doesn't get overly long and cause more people to tune out.

On one flight, the demo might include the finer points of opening the over-wing exits. On another flight, more information about why it's important to put your oxygen mask on first (and quickly) before helping others.

More passengers would probably do what they're told in an emergency if they knew the reasons behind these rules (and time and time again, in emergencies, passengers do not listen, do the wrong thing and become victims).

I doubt airlines will ever add these extra details to their preflight safety drills. I did leave the course with a better respect for the thought that has gone into airline safety. I have even more respect for flight attendants who, as we all know, are primarily there for no other reason than our safety.

by Anonymousreply 2503/02/2013

I love that show..we were sitting in our back yard when TWA flight 800 blew up..we heard it..two explosions. Then we saw them pull up the 747 piece by piece and drive them through our town ( Hampton Bays) for months after. Anyway, I'm fixated on planes and crashes..I hate to fly but I fear keeps the planes airborne

by Anonymousreply 2603/02/2013

I'd love to see the photos of the people who fell out of the air onto the asphalt, what do I google to see them?

by Anonymousreply 2703/02/2013

And Peru was able to scramble a jetliner to help that stricken plane with no controls. The USA was uniquely defenseless on 9/11. Think about that. No third world country on earth would have had any problem getting fighters up to intercept.

by Anonymousreply 2803/02/2013

There are a lot on youtube.

by Anonymousreply 2903/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 3003/03/2013

Morbidio at r28 When you find out, can you link them? Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 3103/03/2013

I think Morbidio was being Ironico.

by Anonymousreply 3203/03/2013

Does the show lead passionate discussions about the victims' 401(k)s?

by Anonymousreply 3303/03/2013
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