Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 10

Engineering Disasters 19

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 22, 2006 on The History Channel
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Engineering Disasters 19
More engineering disasters are profiled, including the sinking of SS Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975 in Lake Superior; two Boeing 737 crashes; and a diesel-fuel leak.

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Typically, crews are able to recover only about 20% of the oil spilled on rivers. That was the approximate percentage recovered from the 1988 spill in Floreffe, Pennsylvania.

      • Of the three most prevalent radioactive elements identified at the Santa Susana site, cesium-137 has the longest half life at 30 years. Dangerous amounts of it will remain there for about 300 years.

      • Since the 737 debuted in 1968, Boeing has built over 5,000 of the planes. That makes the 737 history's best selling passenger airplane.

      • After the original bell was recovered from the wreckage of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a replica bell was put in its place. The names of all 29 crewmembers were inscribed on the replica, which serves as a permanent grave marker.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: A seeming unsinkable ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald disappears into the dark waters of Lake Superior. Investigators search for the cause of two deadly Boeing 737 crashes. In 1959 a nuclear disaster near Los Angeles is hidden from the public. An oil tank collapse unleashes almost 4 million gallons of oil and microscopic gremlins knock out everything from satellites to personal computers. Now, Engineering Disasters, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Tom Farnquist
        Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

        Michael Schumacher
        Author, "Mighty Fitz"

        John Polacsek
        Detroit Historical Museum

        Tom Haueter
        Office of Aviation Safety, NTSB

        Jeff Schroeder
        NASA Ames Research Center

        Dan Hirsch, Nuclear Policy Analyst
        The Committee to Bridge the Gap

        Dave Lochbaum
        Union of Concerned Scientists

        Jim Chiles
        Author, "Inviting Disaster"

        Sam Harper
        PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

        John Gross
        Research Structural Engineer, NIST

        Michael Pecht, PhD
        Life Cycle Engineering, University of Maryland

        Michael Osterman, PhD
        Life Cycle Engineering, University of Maryland

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Rod Beemer
        Producer: Rod Beemer
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Savas Georgalis
        Editor: Robert Lattanzio
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Director of Rights and Clearances: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Allison Boon
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Accountant: Diana Stolpe
        Assistant Production Manager: John Harris
        Researcher: Uldis Balodis
        Researcher: Bradley Combest
        Researcher: John Knapp
        Coordinator: Boni Osmani
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Clearance Coordinator: Lawrence Givens III
        Clearance Coordinator: Aaron Zober
        Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
        Voice over Coordinator: John Knapp
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Editor: Alexander Rubinow
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Jeremiah Dockray
        Post Assistant: Rob Harrington
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Paul G. Dougherty
        Camera: Gary Feblowitz
        Camera: Scot Fure
        Camera: Michael Houston
        Camera: Mark Kochis
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: John P. Martin
        Field Audio: Tom Burr
        Field Audio: Doug Farrif
        Field Audio: Aaron McGrath
        Field Audio: Tim Schrock
        Field Audio: Tom Staton
        Field Audio: Phil Velasco
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Historical Consultant: James Chiles
        Historical Consultant: Tom Farnquist
        Historical Consultant: Samuel Harper

        Special Thanks:
        Corey Adkins
        Jay Brusse
        Linda Casey
        Great Lakes Freighters
        Keith Holloway
        Helen Humphreys
        Marathon Petroleum Company LLC
        Tim McKula
        Ron Meininger
        NASA Ames Research Center
        Michael Newman
        Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection
        John Radman
        Capt. C. "Bud" Robinson
        Bob Sadler
        David Weisman

        Programming Coordinator: Michele Wilcox
        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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