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Advanced computer graphics, forensic science, eyewitness accounts, interviews with experts, archival footage and re-enactments piece together in great detail the events that led to some of the biggest disasters of modern time.

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aired 914 days ago
Flight 191 leaves Chicago on May 25, 1979, and crashes into a trailer park 31 seconds after take-off, claiming the lives of 273 people.
aired 914 days ago
Investigation into the cause of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of 109 passengers and crew.
aired 915 days ago
A plane crashes into a residential area of New York City two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
aired 915 days ago
In 1995, the Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat erupted for the first time in recorded history leaving many villages burned and 19 people dead.

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