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Preview thumbnail for video'The first Indy 500 had its share of thrills and spills
The first Indy 500 had its share of thrills and spills (1:51)
Preview thumbnail for video'This swarm of mayflies is big enough to fool weather satellites
This swarm of mayflies is big enough to fool weather satellites (3:09)
Preview thumbnail for video'A deadly leak on Apollo 13 endangers the entire mission
A deadly leak on Apollo 13 endangers the entire mission (4:16)
Preview thumbnail for video'Crossing off reasons why TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crashed
Crossing off reasons why TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crashed (3:14)
Preview thumbnail for video'The New Year's attack that turned the tide of the Vietnam War
The New Year's attack that turned the tide of the Vietnam War (2:48)
Preview thumbnail for video'A U.S. soldier in Iraq turns to a Vietnam vet for answers
A U.S. soldier in Iraq turns to a Vietnam vet for answers (3:56)
Preview thumbnail for video'An incorrect turn ends in a deadly disaster
An incorrect turn ends in a deadly disaster (3:45)
Preview thumbnail for video'Did a faulty thrust reverser bring down Flight 1016?
Did a faulty thrust reverser bring down Flight 1016? (2:49)
Preview thumbnail for video'The superstitions surrounding Apollo 13
The superstitions surrounding Apollo 13 (1:52)
Preview thumbnail for video'Why did this pilot land in the middle of a violent storm?
Why did this pilot land in the middle of a violent storm? (3:35)
Preview thumbnail for video'How a Navy wife saved her POW husband in Vietnam
How a Navy wife saved her POW husband in Vietnam (4:35)
Preview thumbnail for video'How this tour guide's mistake saved his group's lives
How this tour guide's mistake saved his group's lives (3:54)
Preview thumbnail for video'Why were these pilots slow to respond to Air Traffic Control?
Why were these pilots slow to respond to Air Traffic Control? (3:09)
Preview thumbnail for video'Did wake vortex cause Flight 3272 to lose control?
Did wake vortex cause Flight 3272 to lose control? (2:13)
Preview thumbnail for video'NTSB investigator suspects this plane's propellers failed
NTSB investigator suspects this plane's propellers failed (2:17)
Preview thumbnail for video'Up your odds of surviving a plane crash with this simple tip
Up your odds of surviving a plane crash with this simple tip (1:05)
Preview thumbnail for video'Why you should always keep your seatbelt fastened when flying
Why you should always keep your seatbelt fastened when flying (1:06)
Preview thumbnail for video'How air conditioning caused TWA Flight 800 to explode
How air conditioning caused TWA Flight 800 to explode (3:59)
Preview thumbnail for video'Did this pilot crash Flight 5719 out of anger?
Did this pilot crash Flight 5719 out of anger? (3:20)
Preview thumbnail for video'TWA Flight 800 explodes over the Atlantic near New York
TWA Flight 800 explodes over the Atlantic near New York (3:07)
Preview thumbnail for video'Could a cockpit recording reveal why Flight 5719 lost altitude?
Could a cockpit recording reveal why Flight 5719 lost altitude? (2:54)
Preview thumbnail for video'The intense dogfight between a U.S. pilot and an Iraqi MiG
The intense dogfight between a U.S. pilot and an Iraqi MiG (3:36)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Moon landing was a disaster...almost
The Moon landing was a disaster...almost (4:25)
Preview thumbnail for video'This secret program helped U.S. pilots defeat MiGs
This secret program helped U.S. pilots defeat MiGs (2:26)
Preview thumbnail for video'A cockpit designed to crash
A cockpit designed to crash (3:26)
Preview thumbnail for video'Fatal combination for Arrow Air Flight 1285
Fatal combination for Arrow Air Flight 1285 (4:01)
Preview thumbnail for video'How to Land a Boeing 777 Without Any Engines
How to Land a Boeing 777 Without Any Engines (3:58)
Preview thumbnail for video'Mavens Mission to Mars
Mavens Mission to Mars (2:37)
Preview thumbnail for video'Attempted murder at 19,000 feet in the air.
Attempted murder at 19,000 feet in the air. (4:04)
Preview thumbnail for video'What the Oregon Trail Looks Like Today From Above
What the Oregon Trail Looks Like Today From Above (2:10)