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Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 15 DVD

Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 15 DVD

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2004

Examine the Mississippi River disaster that was once the worst in maritime history.

  • The popular MODERN MARVELS series analyzes spectacular failures and overlooked accidents.
  • Computer graphics, location footage and expert analysis reveal what went wrong.
  • Features commentary from NTSB investigators and structural engineers.


Successes are impressive, but failures often contribute more to our knowledge. Nowhere is this more evident than in engineering, where a simple miscalculation can prove disastrous, and it is almost impossible to hide the consequences.

MODERN MARVELS® returns to this sadly productive territory to examine the following five events: a series of construction errors causes a devastating flood that brings Chicago to a standstill; a deadly accident traps hundreds in a smoke-filled Alpine tunnel without ventilation; three boilers explode on a Mississippi riverboat, killing thousands; two buildings, halfway around the world from each other, collapse from the same type of shoddy construction methods--14 years apart; and a cockpit warning system malfunctions, causing a fiery, fatal crash before takeoff.

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