Seconds From Disaster

Seconds From Disaster

2004 - 2012, Other, Transport
Some of the World's most tragic events.
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Episode Guide

  • Seconds From Disaster - Norway Massacre: I Was There (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Norway Massacre: I Was There

    On July 22, 2011, lone gunman Anders Behring Breivik slaughters dozens of teenagers at a youth camp on the isolated island of Utoya.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Mumbai Massacre (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Mumbai Massacre

    On 26th November 2008, terrorists attack two luxury hotels, a Jewish study centre, a café and a train station in Mumbai. The death toll was 166.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Waco Cult (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Waco Cult

    Following a tense 51-day stand-off between authorities and wanted cult leader David Koresh in 1993, a huge inferno killed 74 people at the Branch Davidian sect compound.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Mountain Tsunami (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Mountain Tsunami

    A tense look at the devastating tsunami that swept Northern Italy in 1963; largely down to human error, the death of 2,000 people could have been avoided; figuring out how a similar situation can be avoided in the future.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Bismarck (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:


    A gripping look at the war strategy and catalogue of errors that led to the British sinking of the Bismarck, a wreck that killed more than 2,000 German soldiers in 1941.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Fukushima (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:


    An international nuclear expert will investigate what happened at Fukushima and see what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Bhopal Nightmare (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Bhopal Nightmare

    In 1984, an Indian city became the site of history's biggest man-made disaster, when, in a few hours, 3,000 people choked to death on toxic gas.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Cable Car Collision (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Cable Car Collision

    A fraught look at how 19 tourists fell to their deaths at an Italian ski resort in 1998 when a military plane accidentally cut a cable supporting their gondola.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Collision at 35,000ft/Death in Mid-Air (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Collision at 35,000ft/Death in Mid-Air

    Examining how two aircraft came to collide in mid-air near the southern German town of Uberlingen in 2002, causing the deaths of 45 children

  • Seconds From Disaster - Paddington Train Crash (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Paddington Train Crash

    Survivors recount the events of 5th October 1999, when a London-bound express collided with a rush-hour commuter train, killing 32 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Pearl Harbour (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Pearl Harbour

    A dramatic look at the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Striking on a Sunday, anti-aircraft guns were unmanned, torpedo nets absent and ammunition locked away.

  • Seconds From Disaster - 9/11 (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:


    A look at the 9/11 tragedy in the USA, focusing on the vital and often confusing minutes and seconds in which Air Traffic Control and the US Air Force tried to deal with the hijacks and the aftermath.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Eruption on Montserrat (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Eruption on Montserrat

    In 1995, the Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat erupted for the first time in recorded history leaving many villages burned and 19 people dead.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Space Shuttle Challenger (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Space Shuttle Challenger

    On January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger was supposed to make history by putting the first civilian in space but exploded 73 seconds after liftoff.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Tornado Outbreak (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Tornado Outbreak

    On 3 April 1974, almost 150 tornadoes touched down in 13 US states. Why did so many deadly twisters form in just one day, and can a repeat be prevented?

  • Seconds From Disaster - Oil Fire in Texas (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Oil Fire in Texas

    A massive explosion kills 15 and injures 170 at an oil refinery in Texas City, Texas.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Flight Engine Down (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Flight Engine Down

    Flight 191 leaves Chicago on May 25, 1979, and crashes into a trailer park 31 seconds after take-off, claiming the lives of 273 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Crash of the Comet (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Crash of the Comet

    In January, 1954, one of the world's first passenger jet aircrafts goes down over the Mediterranean Sea killing, everyone on board.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Asian Tsunami (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Asian Tsunami

    The 2004 tsunami was the most devastating natural disaster of our time. What contributed to the magnitude of the killer wave, and how can a similar tragedy be prevented?

  • Seconds From Disaster - Plane Crash in the Potomac (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Plane Crash in the Potomac

    One minute after takeoff an airliner crashes into a Washington, D.C., bridge and sinks into the icy Potomac River, killing 78 people in 1982.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Department Store Collapse (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Department Store Collapse

    More than 500 people are crushed to death when the roof collapses at a five-story department store in Seoul in 1995.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Olympic Hostage Crisis (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Olympic Hostage Crisis

    At the 1972 Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes were captured by Palestinian terrorists in a hostage situation that turned into a bloodbath.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Plane Crash in Queens (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Plane Crash in Queens

    A plane crashes into a residential area of New York City two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Aircraft Carrier Explosion (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Aircraft Carrier Explosion

    A parked fighter jet accidentally fires a rocket that hits the fuel tank of another aircraft causing a chain reaction of explosions, killing 134 and causing $72 million in damages.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Sinking of the Titanic (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Sinking of the Titanic

    State-of-the-art forensic analysis reveals a hidden weakness in the Titanic that might have lead to the critical failure of the ship's hull.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Everglades Plane Crash (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Everglades Plane Crash

    An airliner with 110 passengers and crew aboard crashes in the Florida Everglades minutes after taking off from Miami on May 11, 1996.

  • Seconds From Disaster - American Embassy Bombing (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    American Embassy Bombing

    Al-Qaida terrorists detonate a truck bomb at the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 213 people and injuring 4,000 in 1998.

  • Seconds From Disaster - London's Subway Inferno (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    London's Subway Inferno

    A discarded match in London's King's Cross St. Pancras Station causes the deadliest fire in the underground's history, killing 31 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Sinking of the Kursk (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Sinking of the Kursk

    During a military exercise, two explosions sent the Russian Navy's Kursk submarine to the bottom of the Barents Sea and 118 perished.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Plane Crash in the Suburbs (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Plane Crash in the Suburbs

    A fully-loaded EI-AL 747 flight from Amsterdam, loses the two engines on the right wing and crashes into an apartment block.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Skywalk Collapse (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Skywalk Collapse

    Walkways suspended above the lobby of a hotel collapse killing 144 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Puerto Rico Gas Explosion (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Puerto Rico Gas Explosion

    A 1996 gas explosion in a busy Puerto Rico shopping district kills 33 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Hindenburg Air Ship (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Hindenburg Air Ship

    In 1937 an explosion consumes the Hindenburg dirigible in less than a minute.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Paris Train Crash (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Paris Train Crash

    On June 27, 1988, an out-of-control train crashes into one of Paris' biggest train stations.

  • Seconds From Disaster - TWA Flight 800 (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    TWA Flight 800

    Mystery surrounds the crash of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Hotel Collapse (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Hotel Collapse

    A look at what caused the tragedy on March 15th, 1986, when the Hotel New World in Singapore's Little India collapsed, trapping its occupants under a pile of concrete and debris.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Bali Bombing (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Bali Bombing

    In 2002 a bomb exploded at Paddy's Bar, located on a strip of nightclubs and restaurants in Bali, Indonesia, killing 202 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Crash Landing in Sioux City (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Crash Landing in Sioux City

    The engine failure of United Airlines Flight 232 and emergency landing caused the plane to break into three parts and erupt into a massive fireball.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Kobe Earthquake (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Kobe Earthquake

    On 17 January 1995, a violent tremor rocked the Japanese city of Kobe. Almost 400,000 buildings were destroyed and more than 5,500 people killed. Why was there no warning?

  • Seconds From Disaster - Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster

    Twenty minutes after leaving port a ferry capsizes killing 193 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Mount St. Helens Eruption (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Mount St. Helens Eruption

    The unexpected eruption of Mount Saint Helens after years of inactivity.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Freeway Plane Crash (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Freeway Plane Crash

    Shortly after takeoff an engine fails on a Boeing 737 causing the plane to crash onto a busy freeway killing 47 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Alpine Tsunami (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Alpine Tsunami

    In February, 1999, the ski resort of Galtur was changed forever when it was buried under 170,000 tonnes of snow. Why did the supposed 'safe-zone' suffer such a terrible fate?

  • Seconds From Disaster - Columbia's Last Flight (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Columbia's Last Flight

    Experts try to explain why the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated minutes before its scheduled landing killing all seven crew members on board.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Pentagon 9/11 (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Pentagon 9/11

    On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists fly American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, killing 189 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Collision on the Runway (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Collision on the Runway

    On March 27, 1977, a Pan Am Boeing 747 and a KLM jumbo jet crash into each other on a runway causing 583 deaths.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Flood at Stava Dam (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Flood at Stava Dam

    On July 19, 1985, Italy's Stava Dam broke sending a mountain of sludge into two villages killing 268 people.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Explosion in the North Sea (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Explosion in the North Sea

    On July 6, 1998 a ferocious fire triggers a series of gas pipe ruptures and explosions killing 167 men aboard the Piper Alpha.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Fire on the Ski Slope (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Fire on the Ski Slope

    Fire engulfs a trainload of skiers and snowboarders on their way to the slopes.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Inferno at Guadalajara (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Inferno at Guadalajara

    215 people died and 20 blocks of buildings were levelled after a series of explosions blasted a rift straight through the heart of the Mexican town.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Meltdown in Chernobyl (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Meltdown in Chernobyl

    A massive explosion at a nuclear reactor spread radioactive gas and debris over Western Europe.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Wreck of the Sunset Limited (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Wreck of the Sunset Limited

    The wreck of the Sunset Limited, Amtrak's worst accident, killed 47 people on Sept. 22, 1993, in Alabama.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Derailment at Eschede (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Derailment at Eschede

    Before the devastating crash on June 3, 1998, The German Inter City Express (ICE) was considered the ultimate in safe and luxurious high-speed train travel.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Fire on Board the Star (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Fire on Board the Star

    A toxic fire breaks out aboard the Scandinavian Star on Easter, 1990.

  • Seconds From Disaster - The Bomb in Oklahoma City (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Bomb in Oklahoma City

    A truck filled with explosives is detonated at the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 and injuring 674 on April 19, 1995.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Tunnel Inferno (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Tunnel Inferno

    Vehicles trapped in a tunnel beneath Europe's highest mountain explode in the worst tunnel traffic accident in history.

  • Seconds From Disaster - Crash of the Concorde (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Crash of the Concorde

    Investigation into the cause of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of 109 passengers and crew.

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