Trapped (National Geographic Channel)

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Genre Documentary
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 45–50 minutes
Production company(s) Cineflix Productions
Distributor National Geographic Society
Original network National Geographic Channel
Original release November 7, 2007 (2007-11-07) – present
External links
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Trapped is a documentary television series that premiered on November 7, 2007 on the National Geographic Channel. Produced in association with the National Geographic Channel and Cineflix (which produced Mayday, also known as Air Crash Investigation), the program examines various actual incidents or disasters in which victims were trapped on the site.

As of 12 December 2007, six episodes have been aired.


Season 1 (2007)

# Episode Title Situation Date of Situation Nature of Situation Original U.S. Airdate
1 Alive in the Andes Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya Flight 571 13 October - December 23, 1972 Aircraft crash November 7, 2007
A Fairchild FH-227 carrying five crew and forty passengers, many of them rugby players from Stella Maris College's "Old Christians" team, hits the side of a mountain (later named as Cerro Seler) in the Andes Mountains. Twelve of the occupants die instantly; more die as the survivors wait to be rescued. The sixteen remaining survivors are rescued more than two months after the crash.
2 Ocean Emergency RORO vessel Camilla 23 January 2003 Disabled ship November 14, 2007
The Camilla, a Finnish roll-on/roll-off cargo ship in Canadian waters, suffers a main engine failure.[1] With a storm approaching, the captain declares an emergency to the Canadian Coast Guard. A squad of rescuers fly to the ship and the sixteen members of the Camilla's crew are safely evacuated.
3 Osaka Train Wreck Amagasaki rail crash 25 April 2005 Train derailment November 21, 2007
A JR-207 type train, bound for Osaka on a commuter service, derails on a curve at a speed greater than the limit for that section of track. The two front carriages crash into an adjacent apartment block. 107 people are killed and 555 are injured.
4 Earthquake Rapid Response 2005 Kashmir earthquake 8 October 2005 – 12 October 2005 Earthquake victim rescue November 28, 2007
An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale rocks Pakistan. Two ten-storey blocks in the Margalla Towers, a luxury apartment complex in Islamabad, collapse.[2] A rescue team from the United Kingdom, Rapid UK, goes to Islamabad to help rescue victims from the towers.
5 Hurricane Hospital Tulane Hospital flood 29 August 2005 – 30 August 2005 Flooded hospital December 5, 2007
The 300-bed Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana takes in patients from other hospitals during Hurricane Katrina. Relatives of the patients and others also arrive until there are over 2,000 people at the hospital. The hospital is being powered by emergency generators in the basement and has no running water. When the basement starts to flood after the hurricane, the decision is made to evacuate. The patients, staff and everyone else are airlifted from the hospital's car park roof by helicopter.[3]
6 Cave Rescue Vitarelles cave system 11 November - Late November 1999 Flooded cave December 12, 2007
7 men are trapped underground. They are not saved until over a week later.[4][5]


  1. Backup information from a web page describing the Camilla, and detailing the incident and subsequent salvage, retrieved 2007-12-29.
  2. Backup information from a web page describing the Margalla Towers collapse retrieved 2007-12-29.
  3. Backup information from an article from Harvard Medical School Web Weekly, October 3, 2005 describing Tulane University Hospital during and after Hurricane Katrina; retrieved 2007-12-29.
  4. Brief episode synopsis retrieved 2008-02-02.
  5. Backup information from Newcaves Chronicles Volume 14, January 2000, p10. Newcastle and Hunter Valley Speleological Society. ISSN 1325-0930. Retrieved 2008-02-02.

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