Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 37

Engineering Disasters 21

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 2007 on The History Channel
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A steam pipe explosion rocks New Yorkers one summer day in midtown Manhattan. Boston's Big Dig highway project receives a major setback when sections of a tunnel ceiling fall onto the roadway. An air show in Mannheim, Germany comes to a tragic end when a Chinook helicopter crashes along the Autobahn. A tanker truck explodes on an Oakland freeway overpass, causing the structure to collapse. And oil workers hit a real gusher: a mud volcano, which has left some villages buried 16 feet deep, and may continue to spew mud for years, or even centuries.moreless
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      • The cost of the epoxy used in the D Street portal construction was $1,267.60. The price tag for redesigning, repairing and inspecting all the tunnels after the ceiling collapse in the D Street contention reached 54 million dollars.

      • The 144,000 cars and trucks that traveled across the Minneapolis bridge each day in 2007 represented twice the projected traffic flow for when the bridge was built in 1967.

      • In the early 1990s, real estate tycoon Donald Trump owned two Chinook CH-47s. As part of Trump Air, the helicopters were used to shuttle his clients from New York City to his casinos in New Jersey.

      • By completing the construction of the I-550 overpass more than thirty days early, the C.C. Meyers Company won a $5 million bonus Its original big for the repair work was only $867,975.

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      • Narrator: A mysterious explosion beneath Manhattan drives New Yorkers to the brink of panic. A Minneapolis bridge crowed with cars abruptly collapses. Tiny particles trigger a helicopter crash that kills forty six people. And did natural gas drillers unleash a torrent of hot mud the destroyed a city? Now: Engineering Disasters, on Modern Marvels.

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