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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    On February 28th, 1997, LAPD officers spot a robbery in progress while on routine patrol. But the situation that follows is about to turn Hollywood movie-nasty. For 40 minutes, the robbers easily outgun the LAPD in one of the most violent shootouts in US history.

  • Downed Pilot

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    On Friday, June 2nd 1995, Captain Scott O'Grady is patrolling a NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia when his F-16 aircraft bursts into flames after being hit by a Bosnian Serb missile. The fighter pilot ejects from his disintegrating plane and parachutes to earth, landing deep in hostile territory.

  • Hell on High Water

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    A fleet of 115 yachts sets off on the gruelling 630-mile course of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Twenty-six hours into the race and every competitors fear becomes a reality - a weather bomb explodes in the treacherous waters of Bass Strait.

  • 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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    When thousands of Taliban surrender to the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, it appears as if America has won a key battle. But when the prisoners kill one American and take control of the prison, a massive battle ensues with journalists capturing the entire fight on camera. Among the Taliban fighting to the death is an American, John Walker Lind.

  • Sas Jungle Recue

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    Elite British soldiers mount a daring rescue in a diamond-rich African trouble-spot. Eleven British peacekeepers and a Sierra Leone Army officer have been kidnapped by a notorious rebel gang, the so-called West Side Boys.

  • Hunting Pablo Escobar

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    In the cocaine capital of the world, violence is the law. One man, more than any other, holds the country in a bloody death grip Pablo Escobar, the worlds most notorious drug-baron.

  • Assault On Entebbe

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    June 27th, 1976. A routine flight from Israel to Paris carrying 258 passengers becomes the target for a gang of International terrorists. They hijack the flight and redirect it to Entebbe in Uganda.

  • 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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    March 4th, 2002 a short time into Operation Anaconda. A group of elite navy SEALs attempt to insert on a mountain peak in Afghanistan. Intelligence tells them the area is clear but their Chinook helicopter comes under heavy fire. In the confusion, navy SEAL Neil Roberts falls from the helicopter and is left on the mountain.