13 Disastrous Engineering Incidents That Could've Been Revolution


Humanity is rising in the light of its history of engineering. Some of the great engineering initiatives of the past have resulted in great disappointment. We have compiled the most important ones.

1. Vasa Ship- 1626


Vasa, one of the most important engineering works of 17th century Sweden, transformed into one of the biggest frustrations. The ship, which had many more weapons than the circuit it was on, would have been a great leap forward for Sweden at that time; But it sank a mile after it reached the water.

2. Titanic - 1912


Of course, the story everyone knew was a must for this list. The Titanic, which was on the record with someone claiming the ship could not sink, found itself at the bottom of the ocean before even completing its first expedition. This ambitious journey, unfortunately, cost the lives of 1500 people.

3. St. San Francis Dam Disaster - 1928


The construction of the dam between 1924 and 1926 resulted in the death of 600 people due to the water releasing from the dam wall in 1928, 2 years after beginning  service.

4. R101 Zeppelin - 1930


Britain's aviation project R101 in the 1920s was recorded as one of the worst air accidents. 48 of 54 passengers of R101 who failed in their first overseas flight experience died.

5. Tacoma Narrows Bridge- 1940


Engineers have learned in the worst way that the impact of natural forces, such as the wind, should be taken into account with the Tacoma Bridge disaster. The heavy wind caused the bridge to collapse and break down.

6. Cleveland East Ohio Petrol Explosion - 1944


The explosion of liquid natural gas deposits on the surface of petroleum products deposits and the cost of life for 120 people and caused the petroleum industry to suffer a great deal of trouble.

7. Apollo 1 - 1967


Before Apollo 1 went out on its first mission, an oxygen leak caused a fire in the cockpit and Apollo 1 failed before even going on a mission.

8. Hyatt Regency Hotel Walkway Collapse - 1981


The Hyatt Regency walkway collapse took place at the Hyatt Regency Kansas City hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 17, 1981. Two vertically contiguous walkways collapsed onto a tea dance being held in the hotel's lobby. The falling walkways killed 114 and injured 216

9. Challanger Explosion- 1986


The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger (OV-099)(mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members, which included five NASA astronauts and two Payload Specialists. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:39 EST (16:39 UTC). The disintegration of the vehicle began after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff. The O-ring was not designed to fly under unusually cold conditions as in this launch. Its failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized burning gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB aft field joint attachment hardware and external fuel tank. This led to the separation of the right-hand SRB's aft field joint attachment and the structural failure of the external tank. Aerodynamic forces broke up the orbiter.

10. Air France 4590 Concorde Accident- 2000

The Concorde, which speeded up the flight time between Europe and America in a revolutionary way, came out of use three years after this accident. This bloody catastrophe has killed 113 people.

11. Bialystock Radiation Incident - 2001


This radioactive event is not as big a problem as Chernobyl, but it is frightening that it is a recurring situation every day. In Bialystock, a cancer treatment center in Poland, skin problems caused by incorrect dosing of radiation used in cancer treatment reveal the terrible dimensions of the event.

12. Columbia Disaster- 2003


While returning from the 28th Columbia mission, which was responsible for transporting space-based scientists, the spacecraft experienced an explosion about 16 minutes away from earth when this catastrophe took place. The results of the investigations showed that this large explosion occurred because of a small foam piece.

13. Levee Failures in Greater New Orleans - 2005


The 2005 Katrina Hurricane caused multiple breaches in the aqueducts around New Orleans.

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