Whether it involves an everyday train journey, an international flight or a climbing expedition, every disaster has its cause, but few understand the chain of events that trigger them. Explore intriguing investigations into some of the world's most famous headline-grabbing catastrophes. "Seconds from Disaster" features in-depth reconstructions and astonishing insights into some truly momentous moments of misfortune.
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Chinook Helicopter Crash 06x10
On June 2, 1994, a Royal Air Force Boeing Chinook helicopter crashes on the Mull of Kintyre, on the west coast of Scotland. The initial investigation cites pilot error as the cause, but several more investigations take place over the next 17 years before this verdict is overturned.
Sinking the Coventry 06x09
On May 25, 1982, during the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina, a low level bomb attack from Argentinian jets capsizes the HMS Coventry within 20 minutes.
Nagasaki - The Forgotten Bomb 06x08
On August 9, 1945, during the final stages of World War II, the United States of America uses a nuclear weapon in combat for the second time, named Fat Man, against the Japanese city of Nagasaki. It is believed that over 70,000 died from radiation effects by one year later. This helped speedily end World War II.
Runaway Train 06x07
On April 25, 2005, a seven-car commuter train derails and crashes just before Amagasaki Station in Japan, causing 107 deaths and 562 injuries.
Terrified Over Tokyo 06x06
On August 12, 1985, the rear pressure bulkhead of a Boeing 747 bursts, destroying the vertical stabilizer and severing all four of the aircraft's vital hydraulic systems. The crew keep the aircraft flying for 32 minutes until it clips Mt Osutaka and crashes, killing all but four people out of the 524 passengers and crew on board.
Into The Death Zone 06x05
On May 10–11, 1996, nine climbers die on Mount Everest, including New Zealand climbing veteran Rob Hall.
Black Hawk Down 06x04
On October 3–4, 1993, the United States Army in Somalia is engaged in a battle that kills 18 US Rangers and around 1,000 Somali combatants.
Fire in the Cockpit 06x03
On September 2, 1998, a fire breaks out on board a McDonnell Douglas MD-11 while on a transatlantic flight, damaging vital systems and causing the aircraft to crash into the sea off the coast of Canada with no survivors.
Jonestown Cult Suicide 06x02
On November 18, 1978, cult leader Reverend Jim Jones and his followers die in Guyana, South America. In all 909 people die from a poisoned 'grape juice', the largest mass murder-suicide of US citizens in history. Congressmen Leo Ryan (D-CA) is assassinated. Jim Jones dies of a gunshot wound to the head, his 'divine socialism' had not succeeded.
Norway Massacre: I Was There 06x01
On July 22, 2011, a gunman goes on a terrorist rampage – starting with an explosion in Oslo and ending with the murder of dozens of teenagers.