‘Engineering Disasters’ to Premiere on History Channel

‘Engineering Disasters’ to Premiere on History Channel


The History channel is a network dedicated to providing the viewers with programming that is not only educational, but also informative, entertaining and highly immersive. The specials and programs that are offered on the network, are dedicated to imparting history in a manner that is not only scholastic in nature, but also captivating to the viewer. Every program on the network explores some aspect of the past or even current cultural norms that are based on the way people used to live. In the History channel’s latest offering, Engineering Disasters, the network is premiering a show that explores catastrophes, and what went wrong from an engineering stand point.

Engineering is credited with creating some of the most fascinating modern marvels throughout history. In this new program, the History channel is hoping to explore what happens when technology that people rely on every day, just fails. Every single day, people trust their lives to engineers and technology, and when something goes wrong it is crucial to find out what that was and why, in order to prevent history from repeating itself down the line.

Not only will Engineering Disasters focus on some of the tragedies of the past, but it will also explore some of the dangers in engineering that lurk just beyond the surface in America. The first episode of the program will explore the explosion that occurred at the fertilizer plant in Texas from April 2013. There were 15 people killed in that particular explosion and most of the town itself was also destroyed. The episode will also cover the 2014 ferry that sank in South Korea, plus a building demolition from 2013 in Philadelphia that went terribly wrong.

In Engineering Disasters first episode, the program will also touch on a number of other catastrophes that have occurred, as well. In each case, the study is on what went wrong from an engineering perspective. When Engineering Disasters premieres on the History channel, it will also cover such failures and events as the August 2010, Chilean mine disaster, in which 33 miners ended up being trapped underground for more than two months. There will even be a look at the two separate incidents from 2013 when there were derailments of Metro North trains.

The purpose of the program is to take a look at recent history and some of the most deadly and horrific tragedies that revolved around engineering. Engineering Disasters is an attempt to determine why these tragedies occurred and also what could potentially be done to prevent them from happening again in the future.

This program special was produced for the History Channel by Outpost Entertainment. It joins such series and shows as Vikings, The Men Who Built America, Pawn Stars and Hatfields & McCoys in the networks rosters. Engineering Disasters is set to premiere on the History channel on April 11, 2015.

By Kimberley Spinney


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  1. One of the largest engineering disasters never publicized is the mysterious collapse of World Trade Center building #7 on 9/11. The 48-story steel-frame skyscraper was never hit by planes used in the “terrorist attacks”, yet later that same afternoon it suddenly imploded and collapsed flat to the ground in a physically impossible free fall, lasting only 7 seconds. Never before in the history of steel frame buildings has fire caused such a massive and complete collapse, as if it were done with controlled demolition. Do the research. Perhaps the government’s deliberate suppression of this event will prevent your network from ever doing a story on it. Also examine the collapse of the twin towers.. perhaps that could also be further examined as an “engineering disaster”. They were designed to withstand airplane impacts. If jet fuel burned hot enough to melt steel, the very existence of jet engines would be impossible. The official 9/11 report is a massive government cover-up for a false flag attack which was designed to rally public support for an illegal oil war cooked up by the Bush dictatorship.

  2. Really, I am watching the story about the massive landslide in the Pacific Northwest and the narrator stated that 800 cubic tons came down the mountain. A show about engineering and you don’t know the difference between volume and weight. Really?