Engineers are known for pushing the boundaries of scientific invention and exploration, and leading humanity down the road towards great achievements. However, every now and then, they prove they are only human, like the rest of us, with serious blunders. Of course, engineering mistakes are nothing like an everyday work issue – from nuclear reaction explosions to the sinking of great vessels and explosions of space searching rockets – when they fail, they fail on a massive scale. And while we can certainly learn and grow from our mistakes, let’s take a look at the 5 biggest engineering oversights, mistakes and blunders of the twentieth century.
Few people haven’t heard about the worst nuclear disaster in human history (second only to the Fukushima reactor failure in magnitude, which, however, was due to natural causes).