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ESCHEDE TRAIN CRASH
CONCORDE FLIGHT 4950
RAMSTEIN AIRSHOW TRAGEDY
DUISBURG LOVE PARADE DISASTER
MH 17 SHOOT DOWN
VIAREGGIO TRAIN CATASTROPHE
MONT BLANC TUNNEL FIRE
SANTIAGO TRAIN DISASTER
PIPER ALPHA OIL PLATFORM TRAGEDY
KINGS CROSS TUBE FIRE
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES 302 CRASH
MOTTARONE CABLE CAR CRASH
EVERGIVE CONTAINER SHIP DISASTER
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SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER DISASTER
On January 28, 1986 NASA lost seven astronauts when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch. But what exactly went wrong during the launch and in the preparations for the big day that led to such a catastrophic failure? Engineers at Morton Thiokol had warned managers not to launch as the “O” rings that sealed off the segments of the boosters might not expand as planned, but they were ignored. Worse still, this problem had been noticed from the very beginning of the Shuttle problem, but was covered up to give NASA the commercial edge in sending satellites into space. Seven astronauts died and the Shuttle program suspended.