Seconds From Disaster

Cert 16

Asian Tsunami



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.



  • Jonestown Cult Suicide


    Jonestown Cult Suicide: Documentary recounting the events that led to the mass suicide of more than 900 people at cult leader Jim Jones' Peoples Temple in Jonestown in 1978.

  • Fire In The Cockpit


    Fire In The Cockpit: A dramatic look at the events that led to the crash of Swissair Flight 111 in 1998. All 229 people on board were killed when it hit the Atlantic Ocean off Canada.

  • Black Hawk Down


    Black Hawk Down: A look at the decisions, tactics and events that turned a simple rescue mission into a catastrophe that killed 18 US rangers and hundreds of Somalian citizens.

  • Tragedy On Everest


    Tragedy on Everest: Gripping investigation into the fierce storm and deadly ambition that led to the deaths of nine climbers during their descent of Mount Everest in 1996.

  • Terrified Over Tokyo


    Terrified Over Tokyo: A look at events leading up to the crash of flight JAL123, the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history. Could the deaths of 520 people have been avoided?

  • Runaway Train


    Runaway Train: Gripping investigation into the devastating train crash that killed more than 100 people in Amagasaki, Japan in 2005. What caused the busy commuter train to derail?

  • Nagasaki- The Forgotten Bomb


    Nagasaki - The Forgotten Bomb: A look at the strategy behind the controversial dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. Could World War II have ended in another way?

  • Norway Massacre: I Was There


    Witnesses recount the horror of the shooting spree and bomb blast that left 77 dead in July 2011, as well as the authorities' desperate attempt to stop killer Anders Behring Breivik.

  • Sinking The Coventry


    Sinking The Coventry: In the midst of the Falklands War, a low level bomb attack from Argentinian jets capsizes the HMS Coventry within 20 minutes. Why did the ship fall so quickly?