7.8
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Seconds From Disaster

Seconds From Disaster

National Geographic 2004

Blending advanced CGI, re-enactments, archival footage, forensic science, dramatic eyewitness accounts and expert testimony, we recreate in gripping detail the final moments behind some of the most calamitous disasters of modern time.Seconds From Disaster reconstructs the events leading up to the Paddington rail collision in London, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and one of the world's worst industrial accidents, in Bhopal, India. Blending advanced CGI, re-enactments, archival footage, forensic science, dramatic eyewitness accounts and expert testimony, experience first-hand, the gripping details of the final moments behind some of the world's most chilling disasters.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Seconds From Disaster

#1 - Oil Fire in Texas

9.25

Season 3 - Episode 16

The Texas BP oil refinery is the third largest in America producing more than 437,000 barrels per day. Workmen are starting a routine day, then, and explosion rocks the structure with the death of 15. What went wrong?

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 4 votes.

#2 - Killer Quake (Kobe Earthquake)

8.88

Season 2 - Episode 6

On 17 January 1995, the Japanese city of Kobe was rocked by the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which destroyed buildings and killed over 1000 people and left thousands homeless. Why couldn't the top of the art equipment predict a disaster of this magnitude?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 8 votes.

#3 - Fire in the Cockpit

8.38

Season 6 - Episode 3

On September 2, 1998, a fire broke out on Swissair Flight 111 while in-flight, damaging vital systems and causing the aircraft to crash into the sea off Peggy's Cove with no survivors. The fire was caused by faulty wiring in the onboard first class entertainment system.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 8 votes.

#4 - TWA Flight 800

8.33

Season 2 - Episode 10

17 July 1996. TWA Flight 800 leaves New York for Paris. Only 12 minutes into the flight, it explodes catastrophically, breaks in half, then plummets into the sea killing all 230 people on board. There was no mayday call from the crew. Rumours spread that the B-747 was downed by a misguided navy missile, sparking the biggest accident investigation in history.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 6 votes.

#5 - King's Cross Fire (London's Subway Inferno)

8.33

Season 3 - Episode 4

On the night of 18 November 1987, a harmless match produced a small flame on the escalator at King's Cross tube station. Suddenly, the containable flame explodes rapidly into a fireball. It charges up the escalator and kills 31 people in the ticket hall 20m away. The inferno leaves investigators stumped. When the answer is revealed, it will shock everyone, adding a new chapter to the laws of fire dynamics.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 6 votes.

#6 - Flight Engine Down
8.33
Season 3 - Episode 15

American Airlines Flight 191, a DC-10, leaves Chicago. But when the engine falls off, the plane stalls and crashes killing 273 people. The investigators discover a shocking secret which will turn the aviation world upside down.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 9 votes.

#7 - Fire on the Ski Slope
8.30
Season 1 - Episode 9

November 11, 2000, started out as a normal day at the Kaprun ski resort in Austria, as a Furnicular train climbing the slopes breaks down in a tunnel. Passengers then realise it's on fire. Only 12 make it out alive, leaving 155 people to die horribly. But how could such a modern train break down and catch fire?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 10 votes.

#8 - Amsterdam Air Crash
8.25
Season 3 - Episode 2

On 4 October 1992, an El Al Israel Airlines Cargo B747-200F takes off from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Holland), when the engines on the right wing of Flight 1862 shear off. 8 minutes later, Flight 8162 glides into a high rise apartment building killing 43 people.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 8 votes.

#9 - Everglades Plane Crash
8.25
Season 3 - Episode 6

On May 1996, what started out as a normal flight from Miami, Florida, to Atlanta, Georgia, when ValuJet Flight 592, a DC-9 with 110 people on board goes down in the Everglades when a fire starts in the cabin and cockpit. The aircraft is swallowed by the swamp and harsh conditions make the rescue operation impossible. Soon there are no survivors. What happened to ValuJet 592 is a one of a kind accident.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 8 votes.

#10 - Skywalk Collapse
8.20
Season 3 - Episode 1

On 17 July 1981, 1,500 people had gathered for a dance in the Hyatt Regency Hotel when, in a catastrophic disaster, the skywalk collapses killing 114 people and injuring countless others in the worst US structural failure.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Seconds From Disaster from 10 votes.

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