More You Know: Engineering Disasters

Engineering disasters takes place all over the world. Infrastructure such as bridges, aeronautics such space shuttles, and vessels such as ships have all had moments of glory and failure. Whether it be the fault of the operator or a combination with the design, these are some of the worst disasters in the history of the world. The two sources are Engineering Clicks and Interesting Engineering from the internet.
·         Hindenburg disaster was an airship that caught fire and killed 35 people in 1937.
·         Quebec Bridge in Canada collapsing in 1907 that killed 75 workers and in 1916 that killed 12 people.
·         Titanic ship that hit an iceberg and sank in 1912 that killed about 1,500 people.
·         Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion in Russia caught fire in 1986 that resulted in between 9,000 to 16,000 people dying.
·         Charles De Gaulle airport terminal 2E collapsed in 2004 and killed four people.
·         St. Francis Dam failure in 1928 killed 431 people in Los Angeles, Calfornia.
·         SS Sultana steamboat’s boilers burst into flames in 1865 that killed around 1,238 people.
·         Air France Concorde airplane that crashed in 2000 and killed 113 people in Paris.
·         Gretna Green Rail disaster in 1915 that killed over 200 people in Scotland.
·         Hyatt Regency Hotel when two floors collapsed that killed 114 people in 1981 in Kansas City.
·         Banqiao Dam failure in 1975 where 62 dams collapsing killed between 85,000 to 240,000 people in China.
·         American Airlines flight in 1979 that killed everyone on board because one of the engines separated from the wing.
·         Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981 that killed 114 people on a walkway.
·         Vasa warship in 1628 that killed 30 people onboard shortly after taking off in Stockholm, Sweden.
·         Boston Molasses Flood in 1919 that killed 21 people when a storage tank burst and flooded the streets.
·         Deepwater Horizon killed 11 people when an offshore drilling rig exploded in 2010.
·         Challenger space shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff in 1986 that killed all 7 crew members.
·         Great Flood of 1889 when a dam broke in Johnstown, Pennsylvania killed more than 2,200 people.
·         The Bhopal disaster in 1984 when toxic gas was released from a pesticide plant that killed around 11,000 people.
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