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UNIV 1301: Engineering Disasters: Other Engineering Disasters

Air and Space Disasters

R 101 Airship Disaster (1930)

The Hindenburg Airship Disaster (1937)

TWA Super-Constellation and United Airlines DC-7 Collusion (1956)

Apollo 1 Capsule Fire (1967)

Soyuz 11 Reentry Disaster (1971)

Skylab (1979)

1970's DC-10 disasters (1979)

Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster (1986)

United Airlines Boeing 747 Explosion (Flight 811) (1989)

United Airlines DC-10 Crash (1989)

Laudia Air Boeing 767-200 Crash (1991)

El Al Boeing 747-200 Crash (1992)

ValueJet Flight 592 (1996)

Crash of the Concord - Air France Flight 4590 (2000)

Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster (2003)

Bridge, Building and Other Structural Collapses

The Dee River Bridge Failure (1847)

The Tay Rail Bridge Collapse (1897)

The Boston Molasses Spill (1919)

St. Francis Dam Flooding (1928)

The Tacoma Narrow Bridge Collapse (1940)

Ronan Point Tower Collapse (1968)

Banqiao Reservoir Dam Failure (1975)

Failure of the Teton Dam (1976)

MGM Grand Hotel Fire (1980)

East Chicago, Indiana, Highway Ramp Collapse (1982)

Mianus River Bridge Collapse (1983)

Stava Dam Failure (1985)

Schoharie Creek Bridge Collapse (1987)

Charles de Gaulle Airport Roof Collapse (2004)

The New Orleans Levee Failure (2005)

Big Dig Ceiling Collapse, Boston (2006)

Minneapolis I-35 West Bridge Failure (2007)

The Metrodome in Minneapolis (1980 and 2010)

Disasters at Sea

The Vasa (1628)

Sinking of the Titanic (1912)

Andrea Doria - Stockholm Collision (1956)

Thresher Sinking (1963)

Scorpion Sinking (1968)

Ocean Ranger Oil-Drilling Rig Sinking (1982)

The Failure of the Piper Alpha Oil Rig (1988)

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (1989)

Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill (BP Oil Spill) (2010)

Automobile and Locomotive Failures

Ford Pinto Rear Impact Defect (1971 - 1976)

Firestone 500 Steel - Belted Tire Failure (1972 - 1978)

Audi 5000 Sudden Acceleration (1978 - 1986)

Eschede Train Disaster (1998)

Firestone Tires Failure on Ford Explorer (1999 - 2000)

Freight Train
Freight Train

DC Metro Collision (2009)

Freight Train Derailment, Illinois (2011)

Chemical and Nuclear Disasters

Cleveland East Ohio Gas Explosion (1944)

Windscale Reactor Complex Fire (1957)

Three Mile Island Accident (1979)

Tsuruga Radioactive Waste Spill (1981)

Ginna Power Plant Radioactive Release (1982)

Bhopal Toxic Vapor Leak (1984)

Institute, West Virginia, Toxic Vapor Leak (1985)

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster (1986)

Tokiamura Nuclear Power Plant Accident (1999)

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor Meltdown (2011)

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