Situation Critical

Situation Critical

Synopsis

Retrace split-second decisions and perilous action inside the crisis in National Geographic Channels new series Critical Situation. This rapid-fire series takes viewers inside seemingly routine events that became headline disasters in a matter of minutes. Each hour-long program combines archival footage, accurate re-enactments, advanced CGI and firsthand accounts from those at the center of the action. Building suspense with each heart-pounding movement, Critical Situation vividly breaks down the terrifying moments outlining the life-threatening risks, daring decisions, frantic communications, evolving tactics and last-ditch efforts developing with each decisive tick of the clock.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Hollywood Shootout

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    Go inside one of the most dramatic police gun battles waged on American soil, in which the High Incident Bandits engaged LA police officers in a violent stand-off following a Hollywood bank robbery.

  • Downed Pilot

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    June 1995 - when NATO pilot Scott O'Grady's F-16 jet is downed by a missile over Bosnia, he ejects successfully but lands in hostile territory, sparking a massive manhunt and a struggle for survival.

  • Hell on High Water

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    Relive the tragic story of the 1998 Sydney-Hobart yacht race, which faced a ferocious storm that left six sailors dead. Eyewitness accounts and news footage illustrate the terror that ensued.

  • Apollo 13

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    Apollo 13 is on its way to the moon for the most challenging of lunar missions yet. As Swigert performs a normal housekeeping chore of stirring the oxygen tanks, he unwittingly triggers a catastrophic explosion. How will Mission Control get Apollo 13 home? For how long will the lunar module engine work, just how much food and water does the crew have, and how will they cope with the freezer-like conditions?

  • Taliban Uprising

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    With the war on terror just weeks old, Afghan forces capture hundreds of Taliban fighters. Imprisoned in horrific conditions, a bloody uprising ensues witnessed by journalists caught in the crossfire.

  • Sas Jungle Rescue

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    25 August 2000 - follow the mayhem as the SAS and British paratroopers attempt to rescue 11 members of a British peacekeeping force taken hostage by a notorious armed rebel group in Sierra Leone.

  • Hunting Pablo Escobar

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    Considered one of the most powerful and dangerous criminals in history, Pablo Escobar made billions from the sale of cocaine. This is the story of the effort to assassinate Colombia's most feared man.

  • Assault On Entebbe

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    July 1976 - a flight out of Israel is hijacked and redirected to Uganda. The terrorists threaten to kill all 258 passengers if their demands are not met.

  • Moscow Theatre Siege

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    October 23rd, 2002, In the centre of Moscow, just a few miles from the Kremlin, over 50 Chechen terrorists storm the Dubrovka Theatre, home to Russia's first broad-way style musical 'Nord-Ost' and take all of the 900-strong audience hostage.

  • Miracle At Quecreek

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    On 24 July 2002, eighteen miners descend into the Black Wolf mine in Quecreek, Pennsylvania. A few hours later, their lives are plunged into peril when one of the miners accidentally breaks through into a long abandoned mine - unleashing 60 million gallons of stagnant groundwater.

  • Nightmare on Mount Hood

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    May 30th, 2002. A single missed step by a climber on Mount Hood, Oregon, leads to one of America's worst ever climbing disasters. Icy conditions mean that as one man tumbles into another on the crowded slopes, none are able to self arrest. Nine climbers tumble into a gaping crevasse known as the Bergshrund- three are killed instantly.

  • Russian Sub Rescue

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    A Russian Navy mini-submarine is on a secret mission in the icy waters of the North Pacific when it becomes entangled in an old fishing net. Its every submarine crews nightmare theyre trapped deep underwater and their oxygen is running out fast. Only three rescue teams in the world can save them - but theyre thousands of miles away. They begin a desperate race against time.

  • Al Qaeda Ambush

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    On 4 March 2002, US Navy SEAL Neil Roberts prepares for a mission in south-east Afghanistan. US advanced technology indicates the area is clear, but an enemy rocket-propelled grenade hits the chopper.