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Indestructibles investigates astonishing near-death experiences including a nearly five kilometre freefall, a helicopter crash and an SUV that topples a pedestrian. When you see the footage, it is hard to believe anyone survived.  But they did, and some would call it a miracle.  But behind each of these Internet sensations is an unexpected scientific explanation.  Now, National Geographic Channel explores these mind-blowing, catastrophic events that seemingly should have ended in death but left survivors wondering how they could possibly still be alive.


  • The Indestructibles: Helicopter Crash
    It is a typical day for most New York City reporters covering the news from the sky. But for reporter Andrew Torres and veteran helicopter pilot Russ Mowry, their worst fears are realized 240 metres above the city. Their chopper spins out of control and nosedives, crashing onto a Brooklyn rooftop with the tail of the helicopter snapping off — all filmed by another news copter hovering right above the crash site. Minutes later, witnesses watch in awe as Torres emerges from the wreckage, stumbling and disoriented, looking for his pilot — who also survived. To get answers to this mystery, an aerospace physiologist re-creates the crash using one of the world’s most sophisticated flight simulators. How could the pilot control a helicopter that scientists determine was almost impossible to handle? Was it the adrenaline rush or something mechanical that saved their lives? Join Torres and Mowry as they relive their nightmare, seeking answers from scientists about what really happened during the longest few seconds of their lives.
  • The Indestructibles: Crushed by an SUV
    Imagine crossing the street, minding your own business, and all of a sudden … boom! You are struck by a rolling SUV. Traffic cameras captured it all. A PT Cruiser speeding through a red light at a busy intersection in the U.S. collides with an SUV, catapulting it through the air straight at a pedestrian, Scott Tegtmeyer. Witnesses thought for sure he was dead, but after four weeks in a coma, Scott came back from the brink of death and lives to tell his story. We join Scott as he fights to remember that horrid day, determined to find answers behind his incredible survival. Local police shut down the intersection for investigators to re-create the incident using similar vehicles and crash dummies. When the crash dummies are pronounced “dead” after impact, the investigative team turns to virtual re-creations, which offer a back-side perspective of the accident. Scott is in awe as the investigation reveals the facts behind the science of his survival.
  • The Indestructibles: 15,000-Foot Freefall
    With almost8,000 jumps under his belt, Michael Holmes, a skydiving instructor, planned to jump again — this time from 4,500 metres in the air — a flight that would change his life forever. Friends watched in horror as both his main and reserve parachutes failed and he plummeted to earth. Witnesses were sure he was dead, but he was found in the bushes — alive, with his helmet camera still rolling. How was this possible? We join Michael as he consults with aerospace experts and skydiving professionals to unlock the secrets to his survival. To solve the mystery, Michael goes to a wind tunnel to re-create his flight and determine his actual speed at the time of the accident. But his speed proves his flight was “unsurvivable.” Unsatisfied with the lack of answers, Michael takes his journey to aerospace physiologists, who use a mechanism similar to a centrifuge to determine the force and speed he encountered during his flight. Will Michael get closure on how he survived this crash landing?
  • The Indestructibles: Electrocuted Skydiver
    A skydiving adventure goes horribly wrong when Scott Lutz's main parachute separates and flies off. Even though he manages to open his rescue parachute, the directions of the instructors jumping alongside him cause him to crash into a high-voltage power line. Miraculously, Scott escapes with only minor injuries and makes a full recovery. This episode of The Indestructibles answers two key questions: What caused Scott to steer his parachute straight into a high-voltage power line, and how in the world did he survive a 12-thousand-volt shock? An electric safety expert and a behavioural psychologist perform spectacular experiments that get to the heart of this shocking mystery.
  • The Indestructibles: High-Speed Bike Crash
    Eric Barone is the world's fastest cyclist, holding 10 world speed records. He decides to break the world record one last time before giving up racing. He finds the perfect setting, the steep slope of the Cerra Negro volcano in Nicaragua. Not surprisingly, Eric takes off and sets a new world record after only 11 seconds! But in a split second, everything changes. Once Eric crosses the finish line, his bike mysteriously breaks into pieces. He smacks into the ground, somersaults several times, loses his helmet and finally lies motionless at the base of the volcano. Astonishingly, he survives, and after seven years of recovery, he sets out to understand why he did not die. He consults with a professor of biomedical engineering to measure how much stress and force was placed on the bike at the time of the crash. Perhaps force had nothing to do with it. We follow Eric as he meets with crash experts to uncover what really happened.
  • The Indestructibles: Baby Car Crash
    It is every parent's worst nightmare — a car crashes into a father holding his 4-month-old son. In a split second, Andrew Leitch's life changed forever. He was walking with his son, Hayden, in a busy shopping district when a car suddenly ploughed into him — pinning Andrew to a storefront window while he was cradling the baby in his arms. Miraculously, Andrew and the baby escaped virtually unscathed. Now, Andrew returns to the scene of the accident with police and crash experts. Together they review satellite images and crime scene reports to break down the sequence of events that led to the accident, and determine how he and his son were able to survive.
  • The Indestructibles: Flying Car Crash
    A normal morning on an Ohio highway turns disastrous when 19-year old driver Brennan Eden's car goes airborne. The car barrels down the grassy median and collides with the guardrail. It slams into the centre post of the overpass and then explodes into thousands of small pieces. A nearby witness finds Brennan's bloodied and mangled body. Miraculously, he recovers, but he has no memory of the accident and no idea of how he survived. But he is on a journey to find out how with the help of a stunt team and a crash investigator. Through a series of experiments that re-enact the crash, weuncover what caused the car to go airborne. Experts also reveal how Brennan survived the accident, which would have killed most drivers.
  • The Indestructibles: Mauled by Lions
    Lions go on attack during feeding time. Robert Bennett, who usually tends to the camels and giraffes, decides to help out with the lions because of a staff shortage that day. He enters the cage and places the meat at the lions' feeding spot. But in a split second, this routine feeding ritual goes horribly wrong. Two young male lions appear right behind him and leap onto him, dragging Robert down with their paws and hooking their teeth into his neck. Despite bloody injuries, he survives with no major damage. An experienced trainer re-enacts the scenario using dummies to better understand what actually triggered the attack. And, we examine a predator's attack method: biting the neck and head first to kill instantly. So why did Robert survive? Could the lions have been playing instead of hunting?
  • The Indestructibles: Lost At Sea
    A four-day trip to Hawaii turns deadly in a few seconds. Hugh Alexander and his girlfriend, Katja, go to a remote area to surf giant waves. They tiptoe closer and closer to the edge of a cliff, but suddenly a freak wave crashes right over them, taking Hugh and Katja down instantly. Hugh is washed off the cliff toward the thundering waters and sharp rocks below. Katja manages to keep her grip on the rocks. With no idea what has happened to Hugh, she is rushed to the hospital. He, on the other hand, was sucked into a deadly underwater cave, not once, but twice! After hours of searching, lifeguards rescued Hugh and rushed him to the hospital. Miraculously, he recovered and is now on a mission to understand what caused him to survive. We study oceanographic data from that day to pinpoint the exact characteristics of the surf to understand what really happened.
  • The Indestructibles: Seven Minutes Under Water
    During a kayak ride down the Chattanooga River with his friends, Rod Baird suddenly flips over. Upside down, he drifts straight toward a rapid and remains stuck underwater in a hole in the middle of a giant rock. Without any chance to free himself, Rod loses consciousness and cannot breathe for seven minutes. But he holds on and is pulled out of the water. Surviving this terrifying experience, Rod sets out for answers. He meets with a fluid dynamics expert who studies the river's conditions on the day of the accident to gain answers about the force of the water. Factors such as Rod's physical health and diving reflex are considered to help Rod finally understand the reason for his survival. Will he be able to get answers to this puzzling accident?