World’s Wildest Flights

There are over one hundred thousand flights a day across the globe, most go smoothly without a hitch, but at 37,000 feet anything can happen! With more and more people recording their own footage on board, we’ll bring viewers right into the drama.

Series 1

EPISODE 1

WARSAW EMERGENCY LANDING – 2011

LOT Polish Airlines Flight 16 was a passenger flight which made an emergency ‘belly-flop’ landing at Warsaw Airport, Poland after its landing gear failed to extend. The whole nation watched the drama unfold as Polish news covered the event live from the ground.

SKYDIVERS PLANE CRASH – 2013

A group of nine experienced skydivers take the last jump of day to see the sunset over North Wisconsin near Lake Superior; a jump they have done many times before. In this episode, skydivers Amy and Mike describe the terrifying moment their planes collide at 12,000 feet, causing one to burst into flames and the other to lose control, spinning upside down.

PERTH LANDING – 2017

When your pilot makes an emergency announcement declaring ‘I’m praying, I hope you are too’, you know it’s not good news! This is exactly what happened to Australian friends Damien and Mitch as their AirAsia X Airbus flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur suffered engine failure at 30,000ft.

SICK PROPOSAL – 2017

When Darrell Hamilton decided to surprise his girlfriend Rheanna with a romantic mile-high wedding proposal in a private plane, he had no idea how wrong it would go!

EPISODE 2

GATWICK LANDING – 29/12/2014

Passengers hear a terrifying bang as Virgin VS43 takes off from Gatwick Airport, London.  They soon realise the plane has halted its journey to Las Vegas due to hydraulic problems and is circling high over the English Channel, attempting to rid its tanks of fuel in order to perform an emergency landing.

SMOKE IN THE CABIN OVER THE PACIFIC – 18/9/2014  

Passenger Jason Liwag describes his terrifying ordeal at 9,000 feet when JetBlue flight 1416 suffered a catastrophic failure to its right engine shortly after take-off from Los Angeles. Toxic smoke sweeps through the cabin as the damaged engine bursts into flames.

FIRST FLIGHT CRASH –   02/02/2013

Couple Jonathan and Kara Fielding describe the moment a grand birthday gesture turns into one they’ll never forget… and not for the right reasons!

SWAT TEAM STORM PLANE 25/07/2014

After a disturbed passenger makes a threat to bomb Canada, a decision is made to return the Sunwing flight bound for Panama back to Toronto.

EPISODE 3

FIRE IN VEGAS – 9/9/2015

When the engine of British Airways Flight 2276 exploded into flames on a Las Vegas runway, onlookers feared for the 157 passengers still onboard the fully fuelled Boeing 777.

RENO RUNWAY COLLISION   18/09/2016

At the 53rd National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada, nearly 200,000 spectators flocked to see the fastest motor sport on earth. But unbeknown to them, that year they also witnessed one of the greatest escapes in air racing history as two planes collided in a freak accident of catastrophic proportions.

LA GUARDIA CRASH LANDING  22/7/2013

After a catastrophic final approach, Southwest Airlines flight 345 made a terrifying crash landing at LaGuardia airport.

PETROL WHIP AROUND –   17/11/2011

Nearly two hundred passengers from the West Midlands were left dumbstruck after being told their flight back to Birmingham wouldn’t take off unless they all paid for a refuel.

EPISODE 4

ALASKA DIVERSION 30/07/2015

On the 29th of July 2015, a fire breaks out in an inaccessible cargo compartment on a Boeing 777, midway between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. As smoke fills the cabin, the captain tells the terrified passengers to put on their life jackets in preparation for an emergency sea landing.

HIGHWAY LANDING 19/07/2017

After nearly three decades of adventures in aviation, James O’Donnell sets out for what should be a routine trip from Brookhaven Airport, Long Island to visit his girlfriend in New Jersey.

RYANAIR RUNAWAY DELAY  14/2/14

Portuguese couple Nicole and João describe their bizarre ‘lock down’ experience onboard a Ryanair flight back to Porto.

CHICAGO CRASH 28/10/2016

When the right-hand engine of American Airlines flight 383 exploded into flames shortly before take-off at Chicago O’Hare airport, passengers feared the worst.

EPISODE 5

PERU CRASH  28/03/2017

Some 150 passengers and crew aboard Peruvian Airlines flight P9-112 saw their lives flash before their eyes on 28th March, as their Boeing 737 flight from Lima burst into flames after landing at Jauja airport, 100km east of the Peruvian capital.

 

DRUNK RUSSIAN 26/01/2017

Former bouncer Simon Johnson was on-board a British Airways flight to Bangkok when he was attacked by an intoxicated, Russian passenger.

HUDSON RIVER 15/01/2009

US Airways flight 1549 taking off from LaGuardia Airport was in the air for less than two minutes when it hit a flock of Canada Geese.

 

STORM SCHIPHOL 23/02/2017

Professional card player Gary Campbell was flying from Edinburgh on his way to a tournament in Utrecht, Holland. Unfortunately air travel across much of Europe had been disrupted by Storm Doris which was raging across the continent with terrifying wind gusts of nearly 100mph.

 

ULTRALIGHT CRASH 20/11/2013

After 30 hours of training, aviation enthusiast John Merriman takes his first ever solo flight over the Somerset countryside, in his newly purchased microlight. All is going well until he is confronted by a life-or-death emergency…

EPISODE 6

HAWAII CRASH 10/01/2014

Pilot Clyde Kawasaki is taking 8 passengers from Molokai to nearby Honolulu on a single engine Cessna 208B. But, after less than a minute, disaster strikes

PASSENGER FLIES 09/10/2013

John Wildey was onboard a Cessna 172 aircraft when the pilot collapsed at the controls.

TOILET STOP

Kima Hamilton is heading back to Wisconsin after a visit to his Mum. It’s a busy day at the airport and his flight is held up. After about half an hour on the runway, the Milwaukee resident begins to hear the call of nature and, after several attempts at crossing his legs, Kima cannot wait any longer and runs to use the facilities.

TURBULENCE 16/12/2014

Texan Marc Stanley recalls how he feared for his life when his flight from Seoul Incheon Airport to his home town of Dallas hits the most terrifying turbulence he’s ever experienced.

AIR EMERGENCY PROPOSAL  25/2/17

When pilot Anthony Bordignon asks his girlfriend to take to the skies, a fearful Katherine Wareham reluctantly agrees…