Discovery Channel Announces Costa Concordia Disaster Special, Plus Four Made-for-TV Disaster Docs We Love
The Hollywood Reporter says that the special will "dissect the devastating disaster that wreaked havoc on a luxury cruise ship off the shore of Isola del Giglio," a Maritime accident that's left many questing the integrity of the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino.
Thankfully, most of the passengers and crew aboard the Concordia survived. Of the estimated 4,200 on the ship, 11 perished and 23 are still reported missing--a relatively low figure given the severity of the crash.
But 11 dead and 23 missing is plenty drama for a made-for-TV documentary. Check out some of our favorite disaster specials listed below.
Hudson Plane Crash - What Really Happened (Discovery Channel)
Known as "The Miracle on the Hudson," the crash of US Airways Flight 1549 introduced the world to Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, the best damn pilot in the sky. Unbelievably, Sullenberger managed to safely land a plane into the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 150 people on board.
Deep Inside the Titanic (Discovery Channel)
It's one of several documentaries that examines the sinking of the Titanic, possibly the most famous wreck in recorded Maritime history. Like all the others, this made-for-TV docudrama sheds light on absolutely nothing and uncovers zero secrets. Peppered with prescription medication ads between segments, Deep Inside the Titanic is great while folding laundry or background noise during an afternoon nap.
I Am Alive:Surviving The Andes Plane Crash (History Channel)
Of the 45 people aboard Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 carrying the Uruguayan National Rugby Team, 29 perished and 16 survived. How'd they do it? Cannibalism.
Crash Files: Inside the NTSB - Death on the Bayou (Discovery Channel)
On the morning of September 22, 1993, the greatest train wreck in American history occurred in southwest Alabama. Of the 220 people on the train, 47 died and 103 more were injured.
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