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Mayday - Popular Cineflix series returns to Discovery Channel with two new back-to-back episodes, Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 8 pm ET

December 01, 2004

December, 2004: Mayday, the gripping non-fiction series, returns to Discovery Channel Canada and launches its new season with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 8 PM ET. The series will then settle into its regular time slot on Friday, January 28 at 10 PM.

Mayday investigates recent high-profile air disasters to uncover how and why they happened. Mayday takes viewers on board six different flights in trouble, recreating the tension and the pressure in the cockpit and cabin. These expertly crafted dramatic reenactments are based on transcripts of recovered cockpit voice recordings. News footage, interviews with key witnesses, and computer graphics of the planes in flight all shed light on the safety issues at the heart of aviation industry controversies.

Mayday follows survivors, family members of crash victims and air crash detectives as they piece together the evidence that caused the major accidents. Each episode of Mayday provides a compelling, in-depth look at one particular aspect of air safety: coping with a hi-jacking, shoddy maintenance, mid-air collisions. As well as the biggest aviation problem of recent years’ pilots learning to cope with automation, the so-called “fly-by-wire” aircraft.

Mayday’s new season launches with:

Blow Out (January 23, 2005 at 8 PM ET and re-broadcast on January 28, 2005 at 10 PM ET) reconstructs the events that occurred aboard British Airways Flight 111. The front windshield popped out sucking the captain out of the plane. He spent the rest of the voyage plastered to the outside of the plane. The lives of the crew and passengers rested in the hands of the co-pilot who had never flown the plane before. Against all odds, the co-pilot successfully landed the plane and miraculously the captain survived. Mayday shows how investigators used novel psychological methods to uncover the cause of the disaster and revealed an alarming situation in the maintenance hangar of one of the world’s largest airlines.

Wounded Bird (January 23, 2005 at 9 PM ET and re-broadcast on February 4, 2005 at 10 PM ET) Shortly after take off, Flight ASA529 loses one of its four propellers. The plane is flying on one wing, forcing the flight crew to make an emergency landing. Miraculously, all 29 people survive the crash. A fire breaks out and many die as a result of their injuries. Mayday shows how the crash could have been avoided had a fatal flaw not been inadvertently covered up.

André Barro is the Cineflix executive producer for Mayday. Bernard Vaillot is executive producer for Galaxie Presse. The series producer is David Darlow. Mayday is a Canada/France co-production and is produced by Cineflix and Galaxie Presse in association with Discovery Canada and Canal D in Canada, France 5 in France and with the National Geographic Channel. Mayday is produced with the participation of the Government of Canada Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credits and the Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit administered by SODEC.

Cineflix is a dynamic, independent television production and distribution company dedicated to entertaining audiences with innovative non-fiction programming. Its growing catalogue of over 150 hours of factual programming includes history, science, documentary and lifestyle shows, viewed by audiences in more than 50 countries. Cineflix International, its sales and distribution unit headquartered in Dublin and with a sales office in London, oversees the worldwide distribution of the Cineflix catalogue and select third party programs.

MAYDAY
6×60 minutes
On Discovery Canada
Two hour premiere Sunday, January 23, 2005, at 8 PM ET
Regular time slot Friday, January 28, 2005, at 8 PM ET

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