The sequel to the morbid Serial Killer thread, this is about the award winning TV documentary series also known as Mayday. I've always found the range of causes for flights going Pete Tong in every episode fascinating - from using the wrong screws to refit the pilot windscreen, to dodgy altitude meters, to ripped hydraulics leading to aileron failure. So anyway, have you ever watched it, and if so which were the most memorable or fascinating? This is one of mine... In August 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 from Toronto to Lisbon, runs out of fuel due to to a leak in the fuel line whilst over the Atlantic. The plane was diverted to the Azores and at some point the engines flamed out. Without engine power, the plane lost its primary source of electrical power. Something called an "ram air turbine" which is basically a stick with a wind operated propeller drops down from below the plane" This provide essential power for critical sensors and instruments to fly the aircraft. However, the aircraft lost its main hydraulic power, which operates the flaps, alternate brakes, and spoilers. The two pilots then proceeded to glide the Airbus A330 across the Atlantic towards the island Thermals and natural rate of descent were calculated as they went along. They just about made it to a military airbase iirc where they had to descend unconventionally factoring in the end of the runway which was a drop to the ocean. But they managed it, bursting all 8 tyres. Only two passengers suffered serious injuries and that was during the evacuation of the aircraft! Fun fact: The captain had in the early 80's served 16 months of a 10 year prison sentence for drug smuggling from Jamaica into the U.S. Fun fact: I've been on board a flight that had to be diverted and make an emergency landing in Oman due to a bomb scare.