Monumental engineering mistakes from history

Apollo 1 -
Apollo 1 caught fire during a preflight test in 1967. Three astronauts died.

Apollo 13 -
Merely two days following the launch of Apollo 13, an oxygen tank explosion took place. Despite this setback, the astronauts ultimately succeeded in safely returning to Earth.

The Vasa -
The Swedish warship was equipped with extensive weaponry but suffered from inadequate design, causing it to sink shortly after departing from Stockholm harbor in 1626.

Hindenburg disaster -
On May 6, 1937, the German airship caught fire and crashed in New Jersey, resulting in the tragic loss of 36 lives.

Hindenburg disaster -
The disaster was triggered by an electrostatic discharge, which, combined with a hydrogen leak, created the conditions for the spark to ignite the fire.

Charles de Gaulle Airport -
In 2004, the roof of Terminal 2E at Charles de Gaulle Airport in France suffered a collapse.

Charles de Gaulle Airport -
The collapse was attributed to an engineering error, where the roof's strength was insufficient to support the weight of the heavy metal pillars.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill - In 2010, an explosion occurred on a BP drilling rig, leading to the largest oil spill in history and one of the most significant environmental disasters in the US.

Chernobyl disaster -
The most catastrophic nuclear power plant accident in history took place between April 25 and 26, 1986, in the vicinity of the abandoned town of Pripyat, Ukraine.

Chernobyl disaster -
The World Nuclear Association attributes the cause of the accident to a flawed reactor design and inadequately trained employees.

SS Sultana - The steamboat Sultana's disaster occurred when one of its boilers exploded, causing the steamboat to sink, approximately 1,700 of them lost their lives.

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