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Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 1, Crash of the Concorde
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in Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 1 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2004), 47 mins
After 40,000 flights with no fatalities, a Concorde aircraft (Air France Flight 4590) erupts in flames on the runway, killing everyone on board. Using CGI analysis and eyewitness testimony, this video provides a closer look into the tragedy that ultimately led to the retirement of the entire Concorde fleet.
in Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 1 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2004), 47 mins
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 5, Meltdown in Chernobyl
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in Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 5 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2004), 46 mins
At Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant, several critical errors were made during routine testing. The situation quickly spiraled out of control, leading to a catastrophic explosion. The worst nightmare in the world's nuclear industry had just been realized.
in Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 5 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2004), 46 mins
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 7, Collision on the Runway
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in Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 7 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2004), 51 mins
The world's worst aviation accident occured when two jumbo jets collided in fog on the runway at Tenerife. Both planes (fully loaded with fuel) burst into flames, leaving 583 people dead.
in Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 7 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2004), 51 mins
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 1, Episode 10, Explosion in the North Sea
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More than 110 miles off the coast of Scotland, the Piper Alpha oil rig churns out 120,000 barrels of oil per day. But when a lapse in communication led to a gas leak, catastrophe ensued, causing the world's worst offshore disaster.
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 1, Columbia's Last Flight
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Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere after a successful 16-day mission in space, killing all seven crew. NASA had not suffered such a loss since the Challenger in 1986. What caused the accident?
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 3, Motorway Plane Crash
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A Boeing 737-400's engine fails shortly after take-off on a routine flight. The flight diverts to a nearby airport, but something goes wrong and the plane crashes into a busy freeway, killing 47 people. What went so wrong?
in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 3 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2005), 51 mins
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 9, Hotel Collapse Singapore
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in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 9 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2005), 47 mins
In March 1986, the Hotel New World, a popular Singapore budget hotel, collapsed. In less than a minute the occupants were buried under a huge pile of debris. Rescue teams eventually saved 17 people, but 33 died.
in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 9 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2005), 47 mins
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 10, TWA Flight 800
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directed by John Blystone; produced by John Blystone, Darlow Smithson Productions, in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 10 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2005), 50 mins
It's July 17th, 1996, and TWA flight 800 from New York to Paris is running 90 minutes late. Less than 30 minutes after takeoff, the Boeing 747 explodes, killing everyone on board and prompting the biggest crash investigation in US history.
directed by John Blystone; produced by John Blystone, Darlow Smithson Productions, in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 10 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2005), 50 mins
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 14, Skywalk Collapse
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produced by Darlow Smithson Productions, in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 14 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2006), 51 mins
In 1981, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City, suspended walkways come away from their fixings, plummeting onto revellers below and leaving 114 dead and 186 injured. What caused this structural failure?
produced by Darlow Smithson Productions, in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 14 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2006), 51 mins
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Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 15, Amsterdam Air Crash
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directed by Matthew Catling, fl. 2001-2013; produced by Matthew Catling, fl. 2001-2013, Darlow Smithson Productions, in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 15 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2006), 50 mins
A fully loaded El-Al 747 cargo flight takes off from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on October 4, 1992. As it climbs, the engine detaches from the right wing and the jumbo jet crashes into a crowded apartment block.
directed by Matthew Catling, fl. 2001-2013; produced by Matthew Catling, fl. 2001-2013, Darlow Smithson Productions, in Seconds from Disaster, Season 2, Episode 15 (District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2006), 50 mins
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