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  • SECONDS FROM DISASTER

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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.

Comet Air Crash

In early 1954, one of the world’s first passenger jet airliners, the British-made de Havilland Comet, crashes into the Mediterranean 20 minutes after leaving Rome for London. Post-mortem examinations show that many of the 35 people who died suffered highly unusual injuries. Investigators hoped to find answers by piecing together the plane. Three months later a second Comet crashes and victims exhibit the same bizarre injury patterns. What brought down the Comets, and what could have caused such strange injuries?

Montserrat

With its crisp sandy beaches, fertile greenery and picturesque scenery, Montserrat is a true Caribbean paradise. The tiny island suffers a fright in 1995 when its Soufriere Hills Volcano erupts for the first time in over 300 years. Experts establish an exclusion zone around the volcano but on June 25, 1997 it erupts again, expelling tonnes of lava, killing 19 people and devastating several villages. We re-enact the final moments before tragedy struck.

Chicago Flight 191

On 25 May, 1979, a McDonell Douglas - DC10 aircraft, packed with holiday and business travellers takes off from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in the U.S. Only 31 seconds after take-off, the plane loses power from one of its engines and crashes into a nearby trailer park, taking the lives of 273 people. Hundreds of witnesses claim to have seen an engine separate from the wing upon take-off, but the three-engine DC10 should have been able to fly using just one engine. What caused the pilots of the DC 10 to lose control of their plane so quickly? Join us as we unlock the mystery behind one of America’s most catastrophic air accidents.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Seconds from Disaster: Black Hawk Down
    Army's Rangers and Delta Force stormed a building in Somalia, to capture lieutenants in Aidid's clan. This turned into a day and night battle.
  • Seconds from Disaster: Norway Massacre
    On July 22, 2011, a gunman goes on a terrorist rampage – starting with an explosion in Oslo and ending with the slaughter of dozens of teenagers.
    Next Showing:  
    Thursday 23 October 2014 at 14:00 - National Geographic Abu Dhabi
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  • Seconds from Disaster: Sinking The Coventory
    Nineteen sailors lost their lives when HMS Coventry was bombed in the Falklands War. Find out why the ship was unable to defend herself.
    Next Showing:  
    Friday 24 October 2014 at 14:00 - National Geographic Abu Dhabi
  • Seconds from Disaster: Into The Death Zone
    Revealing how nine climbers lost their lives on Mount Everest in 1996, in the deadliest two-day period of the mountain's history.
  • Seconds from Disaster: Chinook Helicopter Crash
    25 members of the Northern Ireland intelligence community lost their lives in a helicopter crash in 1994. Was pilot error really to blame?
    Next Showing:  
    Monday 27 October 2014 at 14:00 - National Geographic Abu Dhabi
  • Seconds from Disaster: Terrified Over Tokyo
    In the worst single-aircraft accident in aviation history, a Boeing 747 crashed into a mountain in 1985, killing 520 people. How did it happen?
  • Seconds from Disaster: Runaway Train
    Over 100 passengers lost their lives when a commuter train derailed and crashed into an apartment building in the Japanese city of Amagasaki.
    Next Showing:  
    Tuesday 21 October 2014 at 14:00 - National Geographic Abu Dhabi
  • Seconds from Disaster: Nagasaki- The Forgotten Bomb
    Analyse the controversial claim that the second atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki was essential to bringing a swift end to World War II.
    Next Showing:  
    Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 14:00 - National Geographic Abu Dhabi
  • Seconds from Disaster: Jonestown Cult Suicide
    This is the story of the largest mass murder-suicide of US citizens in history.
  • Seconds from Disaster: Fire In The Cockpit
    2 Sep 1998, Swissair Flight 111 came crashing into the Atlantic Ocean near Canada's eastern coastline. All 229 people on board were killed instantly.
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