Disaster

Disaster

1999 - 2002, History, Other, Science
Tragic disasters and how they could have been prevented.

Episode Guide

  • Disaster - Crash in the Dark (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Crash in the Dark

  • Disaster - Leaking Nightmare (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Leaking Nightmare

    Two oil tankers cause massive environmental damage to Britain's coastline.

  • Disaster - Total Collapse (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Total Collapse

    Devastating earthquakes hit Los Angeles and Kobe, Japan.

  • Disaster - Raging Torrent (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Raging Torrent

    Lack of foresight turns floods into terrifying disasters.

  • Disaster - Melt-Down (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Melt-Down

    Nuclear accidents.

  • Disaster - Point of No Return (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Point of No Return

    The Challenger space shuttle.

  • Disaster - Crossed Wires (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Crossed Wires

    Train collision.

  • Disaster - Service and Survive (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Service and Survive

    A series of crashes threatens the future of the DC-10.

  • Disaster - Pack of Cards (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Pack of Cards

    Attempts fail to resolve problems with high-rise flats.

  • Disaster - Cracking Stress (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Cracking Stress

    The Comet.

  • Disaster - Deadly Doors (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Deadly Doors

    The Herald of Free Enterprise and the Estonia sink seven years apart.

  • Disaster - Fatal Error (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Fatal Error

    The fatal air crash in Kegworth in 1989.

  • Disaster - Mexican Radiation Disaster (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    Mexican Radiation Disaster

  • Disaster - Lost in Second (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    Lost in Second

  • Disaster - Atomic Inferno (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    Atomic Inferno

    The events of October 1957, when a fire broke out inside Britain's first nuclear reactor.

  • Disaster - Deadly Metal (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    Deadly Metal

    Radioactive material spills in a Mexican scrapyard.

  • Disaster - A Cancer in the System (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    A Cancer in the System

    The 1996 cervical smear scandal.

  • Disaster - JAL 123 - A Japanese Tragedy (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    JAL 123 - A Japanese Tragedy

  • Disaster - Severn Tunnel Rail Crash (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    Severn Tunnel Rail Crash

  • Disaster - The Marchioness (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    The Marchioness

    A dramatic reconstruction tells the tragic story of the Marchioness pleasure boat which sank on the Thames in 1989.

  • Disaster - Firetrap (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    Firetrap

    The tragedy of the Apollo One space launch.

  • Disaster - Steel Coffin (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Steel Coffin

    A nuclear submarine accident kills all on board.

  • Disaster - Death Sentence (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Death Sentence

    Passengers aboard a Japanese airliner prepare for a terrible disaster.

  • Disaster - Death in the Dark (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:

    Death in the Dark

    The dramatic rescue of men trapped in an ore mine.

  • Disaster - Death on Display (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Death on Display

    Problems plague the Russian passenger plane known as the Konkordski.

  • Disaster - Stray or Spy (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:

    Stray or Spy

    Korean Airlines Boeing 747 is shot down over the Sea of Japan.

  • Disaster - Free Fall (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    Free Fall

    Cosmonaut Vladimir Komorav becomes the first victim of the space race.

  • Disaster - Pride and the Fall (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Pride and the Fall

    A roof collapses killing more than 500 people.

  • Disaster - Critical Error (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Critical Error

    A radioactive explosion in 1957 contaminates land in the Soviet Union.

  • Disaster - The Curse of Cornstalk (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    The Curse of Cornstalk

    A tragedy in Ohio leads to radical changes in bridge building.

  • Disaster - Flawed Gem (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    Flawed Gem

    The collapse of a drilling rig affects the design of future platforms.

  • Disaster - Drawn to Danger (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Drawn to Danger

    An accident off the Pembrokeshire coast prompts an investigation.

  • Disaster - Holiday Horror (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    Holiday Horror

    Conditions cause a Boeing 737 to catch fire at Manchester Airport.

  • Disaster - Poison Cloud (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Poison Cloud

    Deadly gas from Lake Nyos in Cameroon kills nearly 2,000 people in 1986.

  • Disaster - Rogue Rocket (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Rogue Rocket

    A rocket misfire causes explosions that destroy the carrier Forrestal.

  • Disaster - No Escape (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    No Escape

    The 1986 fire at King's Cross underground station.

  • Disaster - Ring of Fire (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Ring of Fire

    Forest fires' destructiveness.

  • Disaster - Red Alert (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Red Alert

    The Piper Alpha disaster.

  • Disaster - Lost Innocents (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    Lost Innocents

    The evacuation of orphans in Vietnam results in tragedy.

  • Disaster - Hindenburg: The Fatal Spark (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    Hindenburg: The Fatal Spark

    The Hindenburg disaster.

  • Disaster - Tenerife: Collision (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Tenerife: Collision

    The world's worst airplane collision; air traffic controllers may have prevented this.

  • Disaster - Not in Our Backyard (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Not in Our Backyard

    Some 6500 were killed when 45 tons of chemicals were released into the air in 1984 in Bhopal, India.

  • Disaster - Panic in the Stands (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Panic in the Stands

    1985 disaster of the Heysel Stadium; today's design of football grounds.

  • Disaster - In the Path of Doom (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    In the Path of Doom

    The 1992 crash of a cargo plane in Amsterdam could have been avoided.

  • Disaster - Every Breath They Took (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Every Breath They Took

    The 1997 forest fire in Indonesia caused death and destruction.

  • Disaster - No Known Cause (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    No Known Cause

    Investigate the 1975 train crash that killed 43 people.

  • Disaster - Black Wave (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Black Wave

    A coal-tip slide crushes the Pantglas School in Aberfan, Wales, killing 144.