Mayday investigates both high-profile and little-known air disasters to uncover how and why they happened. Mayday takes viewers on board ten different flights in trouble, recreating the tension and the pressure in the cockpit and cabin. These expertly crafted dramatic reenactments are based on cockpit voice recorders, flight data information and accident reports. News footage, interviews with key witnesses, and computer graphics are also used to shed light on each flight. Mayday also follows survivors, family members of victims and air crash detectives as they piece together the causes of each crash. Each episode of Mayday provides a compelling, in-depth look at one particular aspect of air safety: on-board fires, automated flight systems, cockpit management, and hidden manufacturing problems are just some of the serious issues dealt with this season.