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Engineering Disasters 2015

  • 2016-10-29T22:00:00+01:00s at 2016-10-29T22:00:00+01:00 on History
  • 2015-04-11T00:00:00-07:00
  • 60 mins
  • 8 hours, 0 mins
  • Reality, Documentary
Engineering has built our modern world. Everything from skyscrapers to roads and air travel exist because of advances in engineering. What happens when engineering goes horribly wrong? Engineering Disasters goes beyond the headlines to uncover what really happened in the most notorious engineering accidents. What caused an outdoor stage to collapse in Indiana, killing seven? How did a collection of classic Corvettes disappear right out of thin air? Why did a plane’s fuselage rip open in mid-flight? What was behind the collapse of a domed stadium? Each hour long episode combines expert and eyewitness interviews, state of the art graphics and dramatic ‘moment of disaster’ footage to tell the story behind the world’s most terrifying engineering disasters.

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There are some interesting facts in this show. Too bad they're dramatically overshadowed by the hyper-sensationalized narration that attempts to make the average viewer deathly afraid of anything technological.

Oh, and most of these aren't disasters of engineering at all. The vast, VAST majority of incidents this series scrutinizes are either natural disasters that no amount of engineering could prevent or protect against; or human failures of the people responsible for maintaining the systems that were engineered to perform well within tolerances. I'm sorry, but equipment that goes 16 years without inspection, or human errors at the controls, do not qualify as engineering problems.

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