In aviation history, there have been only 14 sole survivors of commercial air disasters, but for all of them surviving was just the beginning of their ordeal.
Engineering has built our modern world. Everything from skyscrapers to roads and air travel exist because of advances in engineering. What happens when engineering goes horribly wrong? Engineering Disasters goes beyond the headlines to uncover what really happened in the most notorious engineering accidents. What caused an outdoor stage to collapse in Indiana, killing seven? How did a collection of classic Corvettes disappear right out of thin air? Why did a plane’s fuselage rip open in mid-flight? What was behind the collapse of a domed stadium? Each episode combines expert and eyewitness interviews, state of the art graphics and dramatic ‘moment of disaster’ footage to tell the story behind the world’s most terrifying engineering disasters.
A pair of ferocious forest fires rages out of control, threatening to destroy two American national parks and incinerate thousands of homes and park buildings. As the desperate battle to squelch the global warming-induced fires before they "blow up" reaches a fever-pitch, a mysterious string of violent airborne accidents among the air tanker fleet produces a mounting body count. The air tankers - the old aircraft used by pilots to bomb the fires with fire retardant slurry - have been literally falling apart in midair. Clearly not designed for such punishing high-stakes flying, the flying museum pieces should have been grounded years ago. Veteran pilot Clark Maxwell thought his fire bombing days were well behind him. But when Jerry Stein, Maxwell's friend and air tanker fleet-owner, calls at the height of the fire season to beg him to re-enter the war, he doesn't hesitate. As the wildfires spread, whipped by massive winds and the federal forces arrayed against the fires reach their limits, hysteria and potential evacuation threatens the local population. In the middle of this crisis, Clark Maxwell becomes convinced that a sinister cover-up is behind the rash of horrific air disasters. As he races to unravel a very real mystery and prevent a natural disaster of massive proportions, Maxwell's probe reaches the upper levels of government agencies charged with mounting the aerial fire fighting effort - a move that for wholly unexpected reasons just may cost him his life.
Sonic Syndicate is a six-piece metalcore band from Falkenberg, Sweden who have strong influences from Swedish bands such as In Flames and Soilwork. Originally formed in 2002 under the name Fallen Angels, by Richard, Roger and Robin Sjunnesson they recorded three demos, Fall from Heaven, Black Lotus and Extinction. In 2005 they changed their name to Sonic Syndicate, signed with Pivotal Rockordings, and recorded their debut studio album, Eden Fire. Following tours with Avatar, Himsa, and Amon Amarth, the band entered a contest held by Nuclear Blast Records along with nearly 1500 other entrants. Sonic Syndicate was one of the three winners and was offered a recording contract with Nuclear Blast. After working at Black Lounge Studios with producer Jonas Kjellgren (also guitarist for Scar Symmetry), Sonic Syndicate released Only Inhuman on May 18, 2007. A video for the single “Denied” soon followed, directed by Patric Ullaeus. Due to their success under Nuclear Blast, vocalists Richard and Roland also managed to earn a song on the Nuclear Blast Allstar album titled Out of the Dark, accompanied by vocalists such as Anders Friden of In Flames, Bjorn Strid of Soilwork, and many others. Sonic Syndicate played at the Wacken Open Air Festival 2007 and several other European festivals. In the winter of 2007, accompanied Amon Amarth as they toured th US. The band participated in the “Darkness over X-Mas Tour” with Caliban and Heaven Shall Burn, and toured extensively across Europe with Dark Tranquillity and Soilwork. In May 2008 they returned to America supporting Nightwish.