Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 66

Engineering Disasters 15

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 08, 2004 on The History Channel
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Engineering Disasters 15
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, with no ventilation. Three boilers explode on a Mississippi riverboat resulting in thousands of deaths and earning the disaster the title of the worst in maritime history. 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 the jetliner ever takes off. We interview design and construction experts as we investigate what went wrong. And we talk with rescue personnel, eyewitnesses, and victims as we visit the tragedies' sites to see what improvements have been implemented to insure against these kinds of disasters.moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Ray Orozco
      Fire Commissioner, Chicago (Ret.)

      David R. Anderson
      Former City Employee

      Gene Gorczynski
      Operating Engineer, Marshall Field's

      Bruce G. Moffat
      Author, "Forty Feet Below"

      Miguel D'Escoto
      Transportation Commissioner, Chicago

      Dr. Piotr Moncarz, PE
      Principal Engineer, Exponent

      Mayor Richard Daley (archival footage)

      Dr. Paul Johnston, PE
      Structural Engineer, Exponent

      Richard Adams
      Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company

      Holly Schmidt
      Operations Manager, Marshall Field's

      Joseph Jacobazzi
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Ret.)

      Thomas J. Wysockey
      Thatcher Engineering Corp.

      Nicholas Carino, PhD
      Researcher Structural Engineer, NIST

      H.S. Lew, PhD
      Senior Research Engineer, NIST

      Charles Charleston
      DFW Intl. Airport Public Safety (Ret.)

      Alan Black
      Fire Chief, DFW International Airport

      Bob Besco, PhD
      Pilot, American Airlines (Ret.)

      Dr. Lee V. Dickinson, PE
      Civil Engineer, Exponent

      Jerry O. Potter
      Author, "The Sultana Tragedy"

      Gene Eric Salecker
      Author, "Disaster on the Mississippi"

      Trey Giuntini
      General Manager, Mud Island River Park

      Jerry Hay
      Riverlorian, Delta Queen Steamboat Co.

      Tadeuz Kornecki
      Chief Engineer, Delta Queen Steamboat

      David Markland
      Descendant of Victim

      James Markland
      Descendant of Victim

      Walter Steiner
      Plant Manager, Gotthard Road Tunnel

      Andreas Henke
      Chief Engineer, Lombardi Engineering

      Cmdr. August Husner
      Gotthard Rescue Forces

      Matthias Neuenschwander
      Chief Engineer, Lombardi Engineering

      Executive Producer: Don Cambou
      Writer: Joanne Fish
      Producer: Joanne Fish
      Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
      Associate Producer: Sean Heckman
      Editor: Motoshi Wakabayashi
      Narrator: Max Raphael
      Music: Alan Ett Music Group
      Producer: Bruce Nash
      Creator: Bruce Nash
      Production Manager: Shelia Collins
      Post Producer: Tim Knauff
      Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
      Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
      Production Controller: Dani Eslin
      Accountant: Sheridan Liu
      Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
      Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
      Researcher: John Knapp
      Researcher: Sean Heckman
      Researcher: Tom Barclay
      Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
      Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins
      Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
      Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
      Assistant Editor: Michael Brrome
      Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
      Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
      Post Assistant: Linda Liao
      Camera: Prospero Bozzo
      Camera: Tim Holland
      Camera: Lon Magdich
      Camera: Jim Raines
      Camera: Greg Steinbrecher
      Camera: Michael Sullivan
      Camera: Brian Temple
      Camera: Paul Young
      Field Audio: Morgan Billingsley
      Field Audio: Damiano Belafatti
      Field Audio: John Bogley
      Field Audio: Mike Borman
      Field Audio: Ed Fritz
      Field Audio: Stewart Holmes
      Field Audio: Doug Murray
      Field Audio: Cary Pope
      Online Editor: John Price
      Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
      Animation: Bart Roen
      Technical Consultant: Nicholas Carino, PhD
      Technical Consultant: Lee Dickinson, PhD
      Technical Consultant: Joseph Jacobazzi
      Technical Consultant: Gene Salecker
      Technical Consultant: Walter Steiner

      Special Thanks:
      John R. Billingham
      Lucette Brehm
      Delta Queen Steamboat Company
      DFW International Airport
      Historic Elmwood Cemetary
      Tom Koba
      David Magana
      Memphis National Cemetary
      Joyce Millard
      Edana Robnett
      Linda Sacia
      Andrea Schwartz
      Brian Steele
      Marion Branford Thompson
      Andy Yelenak

      Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
      Produced by Actuality Productions, INC


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