National Geographic Channel Seconds From Disaster

Season 1 Episode 9

Fire On The Ski Slope

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2004 on National Geographic
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Fire On The Ski Slope
November 12, 2000, in the city of Kaprun, Austria, a terrible fire erupted on a funicular railway train. Aided by advanced computer imaging, a reconstruction of a step by step sequence provides a look into the cause and effects that led to the death of 158 people within 9 minutes. What began from a defective heater, sparked a fire, and fueled by flammable hydraulic oil, caused poisonous smoke to pour up the tunnel. It caused 155 people escaping from the train and 3 others residing at the top of the train station, to die of toxic fumes. 3 survivors also provide accounts of their escape from the disaster. And of how a hero led 12 survivors away from the flames and fumes and down to safety.moreless

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