Seconds From Disaster
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: 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?
The Bismarck: 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.
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. But how?
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.
A tense look at the worst nuclear incident since Chernobyl. As a tsunami hit the Fukushima power plant in 2011, explosions tore the site apart, releasing lethal radiation.
The Deepwater Horizon+
The Deepwater Horizon: An investigation into the series of decisions and failings that culminated in the world's biggest accidental marine oil spill in 2010, leaving 11 crewmen dead.
Mumbai Massacre: A look at the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Terrorists killed 166 people in a string of bombings and shootings in the Indian city: could any of the deaths have been avoided?
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.
Detailing the shocking truth behind 9/11. Could anyone have stopped the attacks? Air traffic staff are among those offering a fresh take on the tragedy.
Cable Car Collision+
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.
Paddington Train Collision+
Paddington Train Collision: A compelling look at the 1999 Paddington train crash. Who was at fault? And could the devastating collision that killed 31 people have been avoided?
Collision At 35,000 Feet+
Collision At 35,000 Feet: A look at the Uberlingen plane crash that killed forty-five children. One man who lost his family later murdered the air traffic controller who was on duty.
Bhopal Nightmare: A dramatic look at one of the world's worst industrial catastrophes. On 3 December 1984, 3,000 people in Bhopal, India choked to death after a leak of toxic gas.
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?
Comet Air Crash+
Comet Air Crash: In 1954, one of the first passenger jets crashed into the Mediterranean. All on board died. After a second crash, the future of jet aviation looked bleak. What went wrong?
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?
Montserrat: The idyllic Caribbean island of Montserrat was shocked when a dormant volcano beneath its exterior erupted in 1995. Two years later, another deadly eruption struck.
Space Shuttle Challenger+
On 28 January 1986, history was about to be made by sending the first civilian into space. Just 73 seconds into the flight, disaster struck.
Texas Refinery Disaster+
Texas Refinery Disaster: In March 2005, one of the biggest oil refineries in the US was the site of a deadly blast that could be felt 8km away. How could this happen, and be prevented?
Space Shuttle Columbia+
The space shuttle Columbia spent 16 days in orbit before breaking up on re-entry, killing all seven astronauts aboard. How did NASA's scientists get it so wrong?
Amsterdam Air Crash+
Amsterdam Air Crash: Shortly after takeoff a cargo flight loses its right engine and slams into an apartment block in Amsterdam. Was it an attack, mechanical failure or an accident?
Florida Air Crash+
Everglades Plane Crash: On 11 May 1996, ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 passengers onboard. What caused the plane to plummet?
King's Cross Fire+
King's Cross Fire: 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?
Us Embassy Bombings+
US Embassy Bombings: On 7 August 1998, al-Qaeda operatives set off an explosion that ripped through the American embassy in Nairobi, killing 213 people and injuring a further 4,000.
The Kursk: During a military exercise two explosions sent the Russian Navy's Kursk submarine to the bottom of the Barents Sea - 118 perished. Who or what could have caused such a disaster?
Crash Landing At Sioux City+
Crash Landing At Sioux City: On 19 July 1989, the engine of a DC-10 failed, sending the plane crashing down onto a runway at Sioux City airport. What went wrong?
The Bali Bombing+
The Bali Bombing: As tourists and locals partied on October 12, 2002, Muslim extremists set off three bombs. 202 people were killed. How and why did this act of terrorism occur?
Hotel Collapse Singapore+
Hotel Collapse Singapore: On 15 March 1986, the Hotel New World in Singapore's Little India collapsed, trapping its occupants under a pile of concrete. What caused the tragedy?
Puerto Rico Gas Explosion+
Puerto Rico Gas Explosion: A gas leak caused a massive explosion in a commercial building in San Juan, killing 33 people. Could the blast have been prevented? Was negligence to blame?
Crash Of The Concorde+
Crash Of The Concorde: It was the symbol of luxury and cutting-edge technology, but in 2000 an accident on takeoff claimed the lives of 109 passengers and crew. What went wrong?
Tunnel Inferno: In 1999, the worst tunnel traffic accident in history occurred beneath Europe's highest mountain. 39 people died as trapped vehicles exploded one by one.
The Bomb In Oklahoma City+
The Bomb In Oklahoma City: The 1995 blast caused a nine storey federal building to collapse floor by floor. How did some people survive when so many lost their lives? [S]
Fire On The Star+
Fire On Board The Star: Easter, 1990. Within hours of a fire breaking out on a Scandinavian ferry, one in three passengers had died. Why was it so toxic? Why did the captain flee?
Wreck Of The Sunset Limited+
Wreck Of The Sunset Limited: An express train was derailed and 47 passengers killed after an Alabama towboat captain unknowingly bumped a rail bridge in thick fog.
Meltdown In Chernobyl+
Meltdown In Chernobyl: A series of blunders causes a massive explosion at a nuclear reactor. Radioactive gas and debris spreads over Western Europe, with terrible consequences.
Fire On The Ski Slope+
Fire On The Ski Slope: A raging fire engulfs a train trapped in a tunnel. The packed passengers are all skiers and snowboarders on their way to the slopes. Only seven survive.
Explosion In The North Sea+
Explosion In The North Sea: The oil rig Piper Alpha became the site of the world's greatest offshore disaster when a gas leak caused catastrophe, killing 167.
Flood At Stava Dam+
Flood At Stava Dam: In July, 1985, Italy's Stava dam collapsed, engulfing two villages in a tidal wave of sludge. What caused the disaster in which 286 people lost their lives?
Collision On The Runway+
Collision On The Runway: A KLM plane attempting takeoff from Tenerife airport collides with a Pan Am jet. Both fuel-filled planes explode killing 583 passengers. What went wrong?
Pentagon 9-11: A countdown of the moments directly before and after hijackers flew an AA flight into the Pentagon. Fire engulfed the iconic structure and 184 died in the carnage.
New York Air Crash+
New York Air Crash: November 2001 saw another New York plane disaster when an American Airlines Airbus, carrying 260 people, crashed. Was the cause terrorism or engine failure?
Titanic: Count down the moments leading up to the 'unsinkable' ship's demise on 14 April 1912. An iceberg, too few lifeboats and freezing waters combined in an oceanic tragedy.
Munich Olympic Massacre+
Munich Olympic Massacre: At the 1972 Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes were captured by Palestinian terrorists. How did a hostage situation turn into a bloodbath?
Washington Air Crash+
Washington Air Crash: In 1982, a delayed flight from the US capital crashed into a bridge on the River Potomac. All but five of the passengers perished under the water. How did this happen?
Chicago Flight 191+
Chicago Flight 191: Less than a minute after taking off from Chicago's O'Hare airport, a packed DC10 crashed into a nearby trailer park, killing hundreds. What caused the disaster?