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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Crash of the Concorde

6 July 2004

John Hutchinson ... Himself - Former Concorde Pilot
Ashton Smith ... Narrator

Season 1, Episode 2: Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire

13 July 2004

Season 1, Episode 3: The Bomb in Oklahoma City

20 July 2004
A recounting of Timothy McVeigh's terrorist bombing of a US federal government building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
Ashton Smith ... Narrator

Season 1, Episode 4: Fire Onboard the Star

27 July 2004

Season 1, Episode 5: Derailment at Eschede

3 August 2004

Season 1, Episode 6: Wreck of the Sunset Limited

10 August 2004
When a boat in southern Alabama gets lost and bumps into a small bridge, a Amtrak train going at high speed derails into a small canal outside of Mobile.
Chuck Archer ... Himself - FBI (archive footage)
Russ Gober ... Himself - NTSB Investigator
Colleen Harrison ... Train Wreck Survivor
Ken Ivory ... Himself - Passenger
Trudy Justin ... Herself - Passenger
Ashton Smith ... Narrator
John Truk ... Himself - AMTRAK on-board supervisor
Jeff Williams ... Himself - Pilot of the Thomas McCabe

Season 1, Episode 7: Meltdown in Chernobyl

17 August 2004
An explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant kills 56 people while the health of thousands more continue to be affected.
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator (voice)
Boris Stolyarchuk ... Himself - Control room survivor

Season 1, Episode 8: Inferno in Guadalajara

24 August 2004
Days after residents of Guadalajara complained of a foul smell, a series of gasoline-fueled explosions in the sewers kills 206 people.

Season 1, Episode 9: Fire on the Ski Slope

31 August 2004
In Kaprun, Austria, a mountain train to bring skiers up the mountain erupts in fire as it passes through a tunnel. 155 people die. The cause is an electric heater that catches fire and ignites hydraulic fluid dripping from a leaky line.

Season 1, Episode 10: Explosion in the North Sea

5 October 2004

Geoff Baldwins ... Himself - Control Room Operator
Bob Ballentine ... Himself - Electrician
Andy Davidson Lee ... Bernard Curtis
Dougal Drysdale ... Himself - Professor, Flame Expert
Dave Lambert ... Himself
Ian Letham ... Himself - Rescue Boat Operato
Jim MacDonald ... Himself - Rigger
Ashton Smith ... Narrator
Rod Sylvester-Evans ... Himself - Accident Investigato

Season 1, Episode 11: Flood at Stava Dam

12 October 2004

Season 1, Episode 12: Collision on the Runway

19 October 2004
On Tenerife, a Pan Am flight taxied on the runway, while a KLM flight took off. But miscommunication caused one of the worst aviation disasters when the two jumbo jets collided, killing 583 people. The second by second analysis with interviewed survivors is covered in this episode.
Jack Ridout ... Himself - Survivor PSA Flight 182

Season 1, Episode 13: Pentagon 9/11

26 October 2004


Patrick Brown ... Lt. Col. Schwarzman
Robert Francis ... Himself - NTSB Investigator (as Bob Francis)
Georgine Glatz ... Herself - Chief Engineer Pentagon Renovation
Bobby Hoag ... Himself - survivor
Allyn Kilsheimer ... Himself - Structural Engineer
Danielle O'Brien ... Herself - Air Traffic Controller
Kevin Schaeffer ... Himself - Lieutenant
Ashton Smith ... Narrator
Tom Stanton ... Himself - Fire Protection Engineer
Allan Wallace ... Himself - Pentagon Fire Fighter
Marilyn Wills ... Herself - Lt. Col.
John Yates ... Himself - Security Manager, Pentagon

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Columbia's Last Flight

28 June 2005
Space shuttle Columbia disintegrated at re-entry as the result of a hole in its left wing after being struck by a piece of foam at lift-off.
Michael P. Anderson ... Himself - Astronaut
David Brown ... Himself - Astronaut

George W. Bush ... Himself - President of the United States
LeRoy Cain ... Himself - Nasa Flight Director
Kalpana Chawla ... Herself - Astronaut
Jon Clark ... Himself - Husband of Laurel Clark
Laurel Clark ... Herself - Astronaut

Brian David ... Col. Rick Husband
Hal Gehman ... Himself - Admiral and Head of Columbia Accident Investigation Board
Scott Hubbard ... NASA specialist
Evelyn Husband ... Herself - Wife of Rick Husband
Rick Husband ... Himself - Astronaut
Willie McCool ... Himself - Astronaut
Sean O'Keefe ... Himself - Nasa Administrator
James E. Oberg ... NASA mission controller
Ilan Ramon ... Himself - Israeli Astronaut
Rick Searfoss ... Himself - Astronaut
Ashton Smith ... Narrator (voice)

Season 2, Episode 2: Alpine Tsunami

5 July 2005
The Town of Galtür in Austria was devastated by an enormous avalanche, that penetrated a zone that should have been safe according to computer models.

Season 2, Episode 3: Motorway Plane Crash

12 July 2005
After severe engine trouble on a new Boeing 737-400, pilots shut down the wrong engine and crash just 900 m away from the runway on a motorway embankment.
Steve McNeil ... Passenger

Laura Swift ... Theresa
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 2, Episode 4: Mount St Helen's Eruption

26 July 2005
In 1980 Mount St. Helens erupted sideways instead of the expected upwards and caused large devastation and killed 57 people.
David Johnston ... Himself (archive footage)
Danny Balch ... Himself
Roald Reitan Jr. ... Himself
Keith Ronnholm ... Himself
Jess Hagerman ... Himself - Pilot
Dan Miller ... Himself - USGS
Richard Waite ... Himself
Steve Malone ... Himself
Dixie Lee Ray ... Herself (archive footage)
Brian Earp ... Danny Bauch
Wes Hurley ... Brian Thomas
Gill Stoker ... Tea Dancer (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 5: Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster

16 August 2005
On March 6. 1987 a British Ferry, the Herald of Free Enterprise capsized just 1 km out of the Harbour of Zeebrugge because her bow doors were left open and let water enter the car deck.
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 2, Episode 6: Kobe Earthquake

30 August 2005
On January 17th 1995 Kobe was hit by a 7.2 earthquake. Although the city had been build to withstand a much stronger earthquake over 6000 people lost their lives, mainly due to the Japanese wooden frame houses.
Makoto Fujii ... Himself - Firefighter
Charles Scawthorn ... Himself - Professor Kyoto University
Ashton Smith ... Narrator

Season 2, Episode 7: Crash Landing in Sioux City

13 September 2005
On July 19, 1989, a United Airlines DC-10 experienced a catastrophic failure of the titanium fan disk in its tail engine, resulting in fluid loss in its three hydraulic systems and thereby becoming uncontrollable.

Brian David ... Denny Fitch
Jennifer Sorkin ... Passenger (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 8: The Bali Bombing

20 September 2005
Series of terrorist explosions tear through night clubs on the popular island resort of Bali killing 202 people. What made this peaceful paradise a target?

Ben Peyton ... Bomb Suspect (voice)

Season 2, Episode 9: Hotel Collapse Singapore

27 September 2005
On 15 March 1986, a six storied building containing a bank, a hotel and a night club collapses in Singapore killing 33 people. 17 people can be rescued. It turns out a catastrophic miscalculation at the time of construction had been made.
Allin Kempthorne ... Roger Grigsby
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 2, Episode 10: TWA Flight 800

18 October 2005
After an hour delay, TWA Flight 800 takes off from JFK then 12 minutes later explodes south of Long Island killing all 230 passengers and crew on-board. What caused it to blow out of the blue?

Steven J. Klaszky ... Donald Olson

Season 2, Episode 11: Paris Runaway Train

1 November 2005
On 27 June 1988, a runaway train crashes into a commuter train killing 56 people. A passenger pulling the emergency brake at an earlier station and the train driver mishandling the situation cause the crash.

Franck Amiach ... Monsieur Bovee

Season 2, Episode 12: Hindenburg Air Ship

15 November 2005
On May 6, 1937 the Hindenburg was completely destroyed while attempting to land at Lakehurst, NY, in stormy weather. It is concluded that sharp turns caused straps to snap rupturing hydrogen tanks that were ignited by static electricity.
Matt De Rogatis ... Engineer

Gregory Feith ... Himself - Former NTSB Investigator
Shane Nolan ... German Engineer

Season 2, Episode 13: Puerto Rico Gas Explosion

13 December 2005
On November 21, 1996 a gas explosion resulting from a leaking line in the street destroyed the Humberto Vidal shoe shop in San Juan leaving 33 people dead. The gas company failed to detect the gas because personnel was improperly trained.
Charles H. Batten ... Himself - Chief NTSB Investigator
Jorge Ibanez ... Himself - Survivor
Orlando O'Neill ... Himself - Survivor
Janet Ramos ... Herself - Relative of Survivors
Milgros Saavedra ... Herself - Survivor
Ashton Smith ... Narrator
Pedro Toledo ... Himself - Chief Superintendent
Jose Antonio Umpierre ... Himself - Survivor

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Skywalk Collapse

10 January 2006
A recreation of the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse, the deadliest structural failure in US history before 9/11.
Frank Freeman ... Himself - Survivor
Allin Kempthorne ... Roger Grigsby
Wayne Lischka ... Himself - Structural Engineer
Michael Mahoney ... Himself - Newsman
Edward Pfrang ... Himself - Phd., NBS Chief Investigator
Ashton Smith ... Narrator
Shirley Trueblood ... Herself - Survivor
Walter Trueblood ... Himself - Survivor
Mark Williams ... Himself - Survivor
Ray Wynn ... Himself - Fire Fighter

Season 3, Episode 2: Amsterdam Air Crash

2005
On October 4, 1992, a 747 cargo plane of Elal crashes into an apartment house in Bijlmermeer near Amsterdam killing 43 people including the 3 man crew caused by losing two engines due to metal fatigue in the engine suspension.

Season 3, Episode 3: Russia's Nuclear Sub Nightmare

2005
During a naval exercise, an exploding torpedo rips through the torpedo bow and the ensuing fire explodes cruise missiles which sinks the submarine and kills all aboard.

Season 3, Episode 4: King's Cross Fire

2005
A carelessly discarded match caused the worst fire in London Underground's history, killing 31 people. How did this small fire erupt into a deadly fireball?

Robert Allwood ... Keith Moodie
Daemonn Brody ... Himself - London Subway Fire Survivor
David Halliday ... Himself - Senior Fire Investigato
Richard Kukielka ... Himself - British Transport Police Officer
Robert Moulton ... Himself - Former London Fireman
David Shillito ... Himself - Consulting Enginee
Suzanne Simcox ... Herself - Computer Modelle
Ashton Smith ... Narrator
Philip Squire ... Himself - London Subway Fire Survivor
Terry A. Johnson ... Cleaner (uncredited)
Jason Savin ... Fireman (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 5: American Embassy Bombing

27 June 2006
In 1998 Al Qaeda exploded a bomb truck at the rear of the American embassy in Nairobi bringing down a neighboring office building and killing 213 people and wounding a around 4000 others.

Season 3, Episode 6: Florida Swamp Air Crash

11 July 2006
A plane takes off for Atlanta from Miami and explodes just seconds from take off. The Valujet crashes into the Florida Everglades with no survivors. A senseless tragedy that could have been avoided.
Lissette Arenas ... Passenger
Scott Haney ... ATC Jese Fisher
Patricia LeVasseur ... Passenger In Pink
Alana Locke ... Child Passenger
Tommy Melis ... Passenger
Analily Noda ... Passenger
Juan Orta ... Passenger
Ashton Smith ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 7: Titanic

25 July 2006
An investigation inti the cause of the sinking of Titanic. The ultimate cause was the use of post-war rivets that showed flaws in the metal and were unable to withstand the massive strain of the collision with the iceberg.

Mark James Fernandes ... Jack Phillips (as Mark Fernandes)
Tim Foecke ... Himself
Andrew Graves ... Charles Lightoller

Jennifer Layton ... Eloise Smith (as Jennifer Lee Trendowski)
Jennifer Hooper McCarty ... Herself

Parks Stephenson ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 8: Aircraft Carrier Explosion

15 August 2006
An accidental release of an old missile on the flight deck of the USS Forestal starts a huge fire and subsequent explosions kill a total of 134 soldiers and injure another 161. The accident came close to sinking the Forestal.
Dave Dollarhide ... Himself - Naval Aviator U.S.S. Forrestal 1967
Ashton Smith ... Narrator
Robert E. Standley ... Himself - Commander U.S. Navy Chief Aircraft Mishap Investigator
Marianne Winslow ... Herself - Widow of LCDR. Fred White

Season 3, Episode 9: New York Air Crash

6 September 2006
On November 12, 2001 an American Airlines Airbus crashed in Queens. The investigation showed that the tailfin was sheared off following fierce rudder corrections by the co-pilot.
Hector Algarobba ... Himself - Son of Two Plane Crash Victims
Bob Benson ... Himself - Lead Safety Investigator NTSB
Pete Hayden ... Himself - Deputy Fire Chief
Stan Molin ... Himself - Father of Co-Pilot Stan Molin, Jr.
Michael Morley ... Himself - Inspector NYPD
Lois Shorr ... Herself - Homeowner and Ground Survivor
Mark Shorr ... Himself - Homeowner and Ground Survivor
Ashton Smith ... Narrator

Season 3, Episode 10: Munich Olympic Massacre

13 September 2006

Season 3, Episode 11: Superstore Collapse

20 September 2006
A large department store collapses in Seoul, South Korea killing 502 people and injuring another 937. Safety margins were ignored during construction and several people were jailed for corruption and criminal negligence.
Glen Bell ... Himself - Building Investigator
Professor Chung ... Himself - Structural Investigator
Seo Hye-jin ... Herself - Collapse Survivor
Yoo Ji-Hwan ... Herself - Collapse Survivor
Park Seung-Hyun ... Herself - Collapse Survivor
Ashton Smith ... Narrator

Season 3, Episode 12: Washington Air Crash

27 September 2006
Potomac air disaster in which Florida Flight 90 left Washington and almost immediately crashed in to a bridge.
Jill Dellow ... Kelly Duncan

Alexander Hathaway ... NTSB Investigating Agent (as Jazz Dhiman)
Stephen Roderick Johnson ... NTSB Investigating Agent

Michael Klesic ... Cpt. Larry Wheaton
Mark Plonsky ... First Officer Roger Petit
Richard Upton ... NTSB Investigation Officer

Season 3, Episode 13: Asian Tsunami

25 October 2006
In December 2004 the subduction fault between the Indian and Burma tectonic plates ruptured along 1600 km causing a 9.1 - 9,3 magnitude earthquake and a giant Tsunami that killed around 230'000 people.

Season 3, Episode 14: Comet Air Crash

15 November 2006
The 1954 investigation of the crashes of de Havilland Comets due to structural flaws that encourage catastrophic metal fatigue.
Daniel Biggart ... Comet Co-Pilot
Gerry Bull ... Himself - Former BOAC Engineer
Pat Knight ... Herself - Bernard Butler's Fiancee
Rebecca Noon ... Jean Clark
Luigi Papi ... Himself - Fisherman, Isle of Elba
Ashton Smith ... Narrator
Jane Wilmot ... Herself - Daughter of Chester Wilmot
Paul Withey ... Himself - Aviation Metallurgist

Season 3, Episode 15: Chicago Plane Crash

29 November 2006
On May 25, 1979, an American Airlines DC-10 loses an engine at take-off and crashes into a trailer park killing all 271 on board. The investigation shows that short-cuts at maintenance resulted in damaged attachments of the engine pylon.
Leigh Livingstone ... Debra Moruzzi
Ken Burger ... Himself - Former Police Dog Trainer
Ray DeVito ... Himself - Friend of a Passenger on Flt. 191

Sandra Evans ... NTSB Investigator
Lee Foster ... Passanger
John Heavey ... Himself - Former Fire Service Paramedic
Guy Henderson ... NTSB Investigator
Dennis Hewitt ... James Dillard
Benedict James ... NTSB Investigator

William Scott Johnson ... NTSB Investigator (as Scott Johnson)
Bud Laynor ... Himself - Former Chief of Engineering, NTSB
Michael Lux ... Himself - Capt. Walter Lux's Son
Michael Marx ... Himself - Former Investigator NTSB
James McNeill ... Air Traffic Controller Ed Rucker
Ashton Smith ... Narrator (voice)
Cara Spisak ... Eyewitness

Annie Vanders ... Passenger
Richard Waters ... NTSB Lead Investigator Mike Marx

Season 3, Episode 16: Texas Oil Refinery Disaster

6 November 2006
On March 23, 2005 restarting a distillation tower results in a massive explosion, destroying large parts of the Texas City refinery. The cause is relayed to short-cuts in safety procedures and generally a poor safety record over many years.
Lord Browne ... Himself - CEO British Petroleum
David Crow ... Himself - Survived Explosion
Georgeane Crow ... Herself - Wife of David Crow
Ralph Dean ... Himself - Wife Involved in Explosion
Robert Ebert ... Himself - Texas City Fire Department
Lee Foster ... Refinery worker
Don Homstrom ... Himself - U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Daniel Jefferson ... Executive
Terry A. Johnson ... Rig inspector

William Scott Johnson ... Interviewed Survivor (as Scott Johnson)
Eva Rowe ... Herself - Parents Involved in Explosion
Ashton Smith ... Narrator

Season 3, Episode 17: Tornado Outbreak

2 January 2007
In 1974, 148 tornadoes hit 13 states causing millions of Dollars of damage injuring 5500 people and killing 330. At the time the weather service couldn't give precise warnings where the tornadoes would strike.
Michael Arnona ... Faculty Member

James Bearb ... Wally Hubbard
Lindsey Becknell ... Julie Smith
Edward D. Caiado ... Faculty Member (as Eddie Caiado)
Rebecca Davis ... High School Student

Gary Desroche ... Albert Smith
Ladson Deyne ... Dr. Richards
Michael Ernst ... Policeman
Ragan Gauthier ... High School Student
Brittany Hall ... High School Student
Ed Held ... Faculty Member
Madeline Jane ... High School Student (as Madeline Gaudet)
Courtney Kalman ... VW Passenger
Felecia Kirkland ... High School Student

Richard Landry ... Faculty Member
Linda Lauland ... Lucille Lehman
Ronnie Lauland ... Neighbor
Spencer Livingston ... Neighbor
Richard Martin ... Faculty Member
Austin Matherne ... Joe Lehman
Michael Mays ... Neighbor
Charles Moorman ... Lincoln Spotter
Gerald Moorman ... High School Student
Ashley Moreaux ... Karen Myatt
Janet Olsen ... Passerby
Leslie Pearson ... Mrs. Boyd
Shannon Pearson ... VW Passenger
Spencer Pearson ... Bruce Boyd
Ryan Reinike ... Greg Forbes

Ashlynn Ross ... Cecelia Lehman
Caitlin Schiro ... VW Passenger
Henry Schiro ... Neighbor
Logan Schiro ... Stephanie Lehman
Jessica Schriber ... Neighbor
Lauren Schriber ... VW Passenger
Louis St. Romain ... Drama Teacher
Greg Tokuyama ... Dr. Fujita
Frank Wills ... Scientist
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Johnny Rock ... Photographer (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 18: Montserrat Volcano

January 2007
In 1997, the Soufrière Volcano on Montserrat erupted killing 17 people and destroying the capital Plymouth.

Season 3, Episode 19: Space Shuttle Challenger

31 January 2007
On January 28, 1986, Challenger exploded 73 seconds after lift-off. The official report named failing O-rings in the booster rockets as the cause of the disaster, but bad communication and decision procedures also played a role.
Roger Boisjoly ... Himself - Engineer, Morton Thiokel
James R. Chiles ... Himself, author
Grace Corrigan ... Herself - Mother of Christa Mcauliffe
Richard O. Covey ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Gregory Jarvis ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)

Daniel Jefferson ... Supervisor

Paul Kelleher ... Roger Boisjoly
Christa McAuliffe ... Herself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Ron McNair ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Barbara Morgan ... Herself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Ellison Onizuka ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - President of the U.S. (archive footage)
Judith A. Resnik ... Herself - Astronaut (archive footage)
June Scobee Rodgers ... Herself - Widow of Francis 'Rick' Scobee
Francis Scobee ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Ashton Smith ... Narrator (voice)
Michael J. Smith ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Chris Wilson ... Joe McDonald

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: 9/11

9 September 2011
Remembering 9/11 and reconstructing the moments before the catastrophe. Showing new evidence and knowledge in the moments leading to the events of 9/11.

Jadran Malkovich ... Air Traffic Controler

Season 4, Episode 2: Pearl Harbor

12 September 2011
An examination of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and how it turned out to be a disastrous strategic blunder for Japan.

Michael Koltes ... Mal Middlesworth

Season 4, Episode 3: Alpine Collision

3 October 2011
In 1998 a US Marine Corps jet took off for a routine training mission through the Italian mountains. On the final leg of its flight through a picturesque valley filled with skiers the aircraft's right wing sliced through the supporting cable of a ski gondola filled with tourists, sending it plummeting over 350 feet to earth. While the aircraft made it back to base the 20 gondola passengers perished. Seconds from Disaster investigates the causes and repercussions of the crash and speaks exclusively with a member of the aircrew who, alongside the investigators and victims' families, are all still haunted by this tragedy.

Season 4, Episode 4: Paddington Rail Disaster

19 September 2011
October 5th 1999, a passenger train leaving London Paddington during the morning rush hour collides with an incoming train at a combined speed of 130 mph. The impact, and an unprecedented 30-foot high fireball, that sweeps over the mangled carriages, kills 29 passengers and both drivers, and leaves hundreds injured and trapped in the twisted wreckage. The original lead investigators recreate their analysis of how two trains came to be travelling towards each other on the same stretch of track, and why automatic warning systems and fully functioning brakes were not enough to prevent one of the worst rail accidents in British history. Step by step reconstruction of the circumstances reveals a startling history of near misses that should have made one of the worst rail accidents in British history avoidable.
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 4, Episode 5: Death in Mid-Air

26 September 2011
For the forty-five schoolchildren who boarded the Bashkirian Airlines flight from Moscow to Barcelona it was going to be the trip of a lifetime - a reward for their academic success. But two and a half hours into the flight their Tupolev 154 collided with a Boeing 757 cargo plane over the small German lakeside town of Überlingen, sending all aboard to a horrifying death. With both aircraft equipped with collision avoidance systems and being monitored by Zurich's state of the art flight control centre, how was it possible for such an accident to occur? Seconds from Disaster counts down to the moment of impact and investigates the perfect storm of failures that led to a tragedy that echoed around the world - and even continued to claim lives years later.
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 4, Episode 6: Bhopal

10 October 2011
December 3rd 1984. Evening descends on Bhopal, a bustling Indian city of nearly 1 million people, many factory workers living in the slums surrounding the city. As they cook, eat and prepare for bed, few have any inkling that, in a few terrifying hours, more than 3,000 of them will choke to death in clouds of toxic gas. 'MIC' used at the plant to create the pesticide 'Sevin', is one of the most toxic substances known to humans; a deadly gas able to shut down the human respiratory system causing suffocation by drowning. After years of investigation and analysis; industry experts, workers and survivors testify to what happened as Seconds From Disaster uncovers the astonishing chain of events that led to the biggest man-made disaster of all time.
Mohammed Ali ... Control Room Worker
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: The Bismarck

18 March 2012
The Royal Navy's battle with Bismarck is a pivot point in the Second World War. If Bismarck succeeded in attacking the British convoy system, then Britain would be forced to surrender and there would have been no bridgehead for an Anglo American liberation of Europe. In losing Bismarck the Germans lost their opportunity to defeat Britain and turn the tide of war. Naval historian Andrew Lambert has studied this famous sea battle and sheds new light on the reasons for Bismarck's fate. He believes the sinking follows a catalogue of errors on both sides but ultimately he finds fault with the core German war strategy.

Sam Creed ... Sailor

Stephen Molloy ... German 1st Officer
Marcus Taylor ... Admiral Günther Lütjens
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 5, Episode 2: Mountain Tsunami

25 March 2012
In 1960 construction of Europe's tallest dam is completed in the Vajont Valley in Northern Italy - the jewel in the crown of an ambitious hydro-electric generation scheme. But as the new reservoir fills, a vast section of mountainside is dislodged and creeps towards the lake. The power company know the landslide has the potential to cause a devastating tsunami if it hits the water at speed, so they develop a plan to ease the landslide down by adjusting the level of the lake. For two years there are no problems, but in October 1963, the landslide suddenly accelerates - and slams into the reservoir as fast as a formula one car - creating a tsunami 250 metres high which overtops the dam and swamps the valley below - killing more than 2000 people. Seconds from Disaster reveals the systematic errors that led to tragedy - and sheds new light on the landslide mechanism that has baffled scientists for 50 years.
Joseph Pollard ... Gervasias's Brother
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 5, Episode 3: Waco Cult

1 April 2012
Waco, Texas. On February 28th 1993 the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms raid a compound belonging to a religious cult called the Branch Davidians. They attempt to arrest cult leader David Koresh for alleged firearms offences. A gunfight breaks out that leaves six Branch Davidians and four ATF agents dead. The FBI arrives to take control but the situation escalates into one of the Americas longest sieges. After a fifty-one day stand off the FBI launches a dawn assault. Using military tanks they inject tear gas through the walls and windows in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out. Rather than surrender, besieged cult members set fire to their compound. In less than twenty minutes the entire building is alight. Seventy-six people including two pregnant women and twenty-eight children were killed during the fire. Seconds from Disaster counts down to the moment fire breaks out and investigates whether the Branch Davidians were led to their deaths by charismatic cult leader David Koresh or killed by murderous Federal agents.
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 5, Episode 4: Fukushima

11 March 2012
In March 2011, as Japan reels from the most powerful earthquake in its history, a 14 metre-high tsunami surges over the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, knocking out its power supply and essential cooling systems. With the plant blacked out, engineers face nuclear meltdown. The reactors begin to overheat leading to two huge explosions that tear the plant apart and dispersing radiation. As Japan faces the worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl, an international nuclear expert will investigate exactly what happed at Fukushima and see what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it.

Michael Koltes ... Gunman
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 5, Episode 5: The Deepwater Horizon

15 April 2012
The Deepwater Horizon rig has finished drilling the Macondo Well for BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The well, in water 1500m deep, extends to a depth of 4000m. The crew test the well to ensure it is safely sealed so the Deepwater Horizon rig can move on before another rig starts oil extraction. But just hours after the well passes its safety test, flammable gas and crude oil shoot out of the well, enveloping the rig in flames and killing 11 workers. Seconds from Disaster investigates the series of decisions and failings that culminated in the catastrophe and the world's biggest accidental marine oil spill.
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 5, Episode 6: Mumbai Massacre

22 April 2012
At 9.20pm on 26 November 2008 gunmen burst into Mumbai's luxury Trident Oberoi hotel, firing indiscriminately. Jewish study centre Chabad House, popular with American and Israeli Jews, is next, followed by tourist hangout Café Leopold, the city's most luxurious hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace, and the CST, one of the world's busiest rail stations. These unprecedented commando-style attacks, which leave 166 dead, have clearly targeted both the Indian public and Western visitors. Seconds from Disaster reveals the failings that allowed 10 terrorists free reign of India's largest city - killing at will - in front of the world's cameras for nearly 3 horrifying days.
Bilu Atwal ... Head L.E.T Trainer
Ken Birk ... Kasim
Martin Chowdhury ... Terror Head

Bern Collaco ... Khan

Seelan Gunaseelan ... Mohammed
Rayman Jilani ... Kasab
Van Pham ... Dara Huang
Richard Vaughan ... Narrator

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: The Jonestown Massacre

2012
Seconds from Disaster reveals how a charismatic church leader from San Francisco, was able to lead over 900 US citizens to their deaths, in what became one of the most famous cases of mass suicide in world history.

Nigel Barber ... Congressman Leo Ryan

Ramy Souleman ... Son of Mark Gonsey
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 2: Fire in the Cockpit

12 November 2012
Seconds from Disaster reveals how a tiny mechanical fault was able to bring a modern commercial airliner crashing into the sea, killing everyone on-board.

Dirk Schilling ... Stephan Loew
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator

Anne Wittman ... Lyn Romano

Season 6, Episode 3: Black Hawk Down

19 November 2012
Seconds from Disaster reveals how a US mission in Somalia quickly turns from a raid to a search and rescue mention leaving 18 American soldiers are dead and another 73 are injured.

Emmanuel Akintunde ... Abdil / Somali soldier

Will Bowden ... Sgt Matt Eversmann

Alex Corbet Burcher ... Sgt Gary Gordon

Jadran Malkovich ... Michael Durant

Dan Styles ... Randy Shughart
Richard Vaughn

Season 6, Episode 4: Into the Death Zone

26 November 2012
Seconds from Disaster reveals the contributing factors to that made the 11th of May, 1996 the most deadly day on Everest.
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 5: Terrified Over Tokyo

3 December 2012
Seconds from Disaster reveals the contributing factors that contributed to the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history.

Junichi Kajioka ... Kyu Sakamoto

Alan Low ... Kyu's manager

Eiji Mihara ... Captain

Leo Ashizawa ... Yutaka Sasaki (copilot)

Kae Alexander ... Stewardess 1

Jozef Aoki ... Hiroshi Fukuda (as Yusei)
Ai Iwamoto ... Stewardess 2

Andrew Koji ... ATC Officer

Zack Niizato ... Japan Self Defense Forces personnel (as Zack Eisaku Niizato)
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator
John White ... Ward Wallach
Kae Yukawa ... Stewardess 1

Season 6, Episode 6: Runaway Train

10 December 2012
Seconds from Disaster investigates the sequence of events that led to a seven car Japanese commuter train to derail and ram into a nearby apartment building.
Marco Chiu ... Tomokazu Chatani
Shaun French ... Ron Schleede
Kiyomi Julia Iwamura ... Mother
Sumire Iwamura ... Child

Junichi Kajioka ... Train Conductor

Alan Low ... Nikkin Supervisor

Zack Niizato ... Takami (as Zack Eisaku Niizato)
Alan Thorpe ... John Purvis
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator

Wai Wong ... Satoshi Ogura

Season 6, Episode 7: Nagasaki: The Forgotten Bomb

17 December 2012
The use of the atomic bombs still excites controversy, and in particular the necessity for the second bomb on Nagasaki. The argument that it was the only way to bring a swift end to the war, and save thousands of American lives, wins the day - in public. But did President Truman have another secret agenda?

Jozef Aoki ... General Korechika Anami (as Yusei)
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 8: Norway Massacre: I Was There

22 July 2012
On July 22, 2011, lone gunman Anders Behring Breivik emerges from a western Norwegian suburb to commit one of the worst terrorist atrocities in Europe since World War II. The massacre starts with an explosion in Oslo and finishes with the slaughter of dozens of teenagers at a youth camp on the isolated island of Utoya. But was Breivik a lone extremist or was this attack the first warning of a world terror?
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator
Hannah Matheson ... Alexandre Peltre (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 9: Sinking the Coventry

24 December 2012
May 25 1982, The Falklands War. HMS Coventry is on operations with HMS Broadsword. They are tasked with shooting down Argentinian jets. They face a low level attack from 4 fighters which leads to the loss of Coventry. Her main weapon system, the Sea Dart missile can't engage the targets as they are flying too low, and Broadsword's Sea Wolf Close in weapon system powers down at a crucial moment. Both ships are bombed and Coventry sinks in 20 minutes. However most of the crew, although badly injured manage to escape.
Julio Galán ... Pablo Carballo
Sonu Louis ... Commander Doc Savage
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 10: Chinook

31 December 2012
June 2nd 1994 and RAF Chinook helicopter was engaged in a routine, although important, task transporting 25 members of the Northern Ireland security and intelligence community from RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland to Fort George near Inverness. This journey was brought to a dramatic end when the Chinook crashed into the Mull of Kintyre, the accident was one of the worst losses of life sustained by the RAF in a peacetime accident.
Daniel Barnett ... Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Tapper

Adam Bond ... Flight Lieutenant Rick Cook

Peter Halpin ... Dave Whalley
Richard Vaughn ... Narrator

Unknown Season


Cable Car Collision

September 2011


Lee Asquith-Coe ... Captain Seagraves

Michael Koltes ... Cpt. Joe Schweitzer
Guy Press ... Captain Richard J. Ashby
Nigel Sinclair ... Marine Col. Thomas Blickensderfer

Death of Ayrton Senna

1 May 2004


Ayrton Senna ... Himself (archive footage)

Gare de Lyon

9 August 2010

Jonestown Cult Suicide

5 November 2012

Paddington Rail Crash

September 2011


Greg Bennett ... Dave Allen

Sioux City

4 May 2010

Twister

16 September 2007


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