Piper Alpha oil rig disaster - the worse ever oil rig explosion killed 167. Terrifying and tragic. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bnzz6

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Explosion and Fire Destroy Piper Alpha Drilling Platform (7/6/1988) Piper Alpha was a North Sea oil production platform operated by Occidental Petroleum that sank into the sea after a series of explosions and a massive fire, killing 167 men. Only 59 of the workers survived. The initial blast is believed to have resulted from the activation of a pump that was missing a safety valve. A poorly planned evacuation process exacerbated the disaster.

Paul Neal (Red) Adair: 6/18/1915 - 8/07/2004 Born: Houston, Texas~ Fire-fighting specialist, Red Adair was regularly called in to deal with major oil fires. In 1984 he & his team put out a major fire on an offshore rig near Rio de Janeiro, & in 1988 they were the first to board the Piper Alpha oil rig after it was destroyed by an explosion. He was the first called to extinguish the oil fires started in Kuwait by Saddam Hussein.. 'Hell Fighters' starring John Wayne was the story of Red…

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The remains of the Piper Alpha oil platform. The 1988 explosion killed 167 people. [1536px 2048px]

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Accidents & Disasters - Explosion/Fire - Piper Alpha Oil Rig Disaster - North Sea - 1988 - Stock Image

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