Days of Catastrophe - Death in the Dark
Year: 2010
Run-Time: 1 x 50 min.

Directed by Karo Wolm

A co-production of ORF and Cinecraft
Available for Europe

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9 , 16:9

Days of Catastrophe - Death in the Dark

Katastrophentage - Inferno im Gletschertunnel

November 2010 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Kaprun disaster. On November 11, 2000, fire in the tunnel trapped a railway car ascending to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. 150 of 162 passengers died of smoke inhalation. It was, at the time, the worst accident that had occurred in Austria since World War II. The complete death toll was 155, including the conductor, a tourist on the railway's descending train, and three people at the mountain station. The cause of the catastrophe remains controversial to this day. While Austrian courts consistently ruled that a German company's defective fan heater was responsible for the tunnel fire, German courts and experts assert the cause was improper handling of that fan heater. The bitter dispute continues. This documentary reconstructs the tragic events, talks to survivors and rescuers, and analyzes the consequences of this traumatic experience for the victims, their families, and the people of Kaprun.

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