Also known as
Documentary, Disaster, Survival
Country of origin
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
company(s) Darlow Smithson Productions,
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Channel
National Geographic Channel
December 6, 2007
– March 18, 2008
Seconds From Disaster
(also known as Critical Situation in the UK) is an American Situation Critical documentary television series. Produced in conjunction with the National Geographic Channel, the series examines various disasters or violent incidents. It replaced , a similar program with a more forensic approach. The main tagline of the show reads, "This is Seconds From Disaster Situation Critical," or some variation thereof. As of November 2007, 13 episodes have been aired.
Episodes [ edit ]
Date of situation
Nature of situation
North Hollywood Shootout
North Hollywood shootout February 28, 1997
Bank robbery, gunfight
When two policemen noticed two criminals robbing a branch of the
Bank of America in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, they called the local police department for support. A gun battle lasting almost 45 minutes ensued; one criminal committed suicide, the other was killed by the S.W.A.T. team.
Battle of Qala-i-Jangi November 25 - December 1, 2001
Hundreds of inmates tried to shoot their way out of a makeshift prison for
Taliban fighters in Afghanistan with television reporters trapped in the crossfire.
Operation Certain Death
Operation Barras August 25 - September 10, 2000
Twelve soldiers carrying out a patrol through a jungle in
Sierra Leone were taken hostage by a group of rebels. They were eventually rescued.
Apollo 13 April 11-April 17, 1970
Oxygen tank explosion, emergency landing
An explosion aboard Apollo 13 in space resulted in the lunar mission being aborted and a subsequent emergency landing.
Mrkonjić Grad incident June 2, 1995
Shootdown, manhunt and rescue
Serbian and United States military forces hunt for Scott O'Grady after he is shot down while flying over Bosnia and Herzegovina in a F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Hell on High Water
1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race December 26, 1998
A severe storm disrupts the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and destroys several yachts.
Capture of Pablo Escobar December 2, 1993
Manhunt, criminal capture
Wanted drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed while trying to evade capture.
Moscow theatre hostage crisis October 23–26, 2002
40 armed members of the
Special Purpose Islamic Regiment took 850 theatre goers hostage at the Dubrovka Theatre in Moscow, culminating in a rescue operation that resulted in the deaths of many of the hostages.
Entebbe Hostage Rescue
Air France Flight 139 June 27 - July 4, 1976
Aircraft hijacking, hostage rescue
Air France Flight 139, originating from
Tel Aviv, takes off from Athens. Minutes later, it is hijacked by two Palestinians from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - External Operations (PFLP-EO) and two Germans from the German " Revolutionary Cells". The hostages were eventually rescued from the old terminal of Entebbe International Airport in Uganda by Israel Defense Forces special forces troops.
Running Out of Air
AS-28 training accident August 4–7, 2005
Submarine entanglement, undersea rescue
Priz AS-28, a miniature
submarine of the Russian Navy, becomes entangled in sunken fishing nets at a depth of 190 m in Berezovaya Bay off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The submarine was freed with the aid of a British remotely operated vehicle.
Al Qaeda Ambush
Battle of Takur Ghar March 3, 2002
United States Navy SEALs are ambushed by Al-Qaeda forces. During the initial ambush and subsequent battle, three Chinook helicopters were lost before the SEALs and reinforcements consisting of units of the 75th Ranger Regiment brought the engagement to a conclusion.
Coal Mine Disaster
Quecreek mine rescue July 24–28, 2002
Mine shaft flooding
At the Quecreek Mine in
Somerset County, Pennsylvania, coal miners accidentally dug into the poorly documented Saxman Mine, causing 500 million tonnes of underground water to flood the Quecreek mine. All nine miners trapped by the water were eventually rescued.
Nightmare on Mt. Hood
2002 climbing accident May 30, 2002
Climbing accident, fall into
crevasse, helicopter crash
Seven climbers trying to scale the slopes of
Mount Hood fall into a crevasse resulting in the deaths of three climbers. Then the rescue operation goes wrong, causing the crash of a rescue helicopter.
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