United Flight 232

Laurence Gonzales, author of “Flight 232,” looks back at the cause of the crash, and how the accident led to advances in disaster response.

United Flight 232 Twenty-five years ago this month, United Airlines Flight 232—scheduled from Denver to Philadelphia via Chicago—crash-landed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people. The outcome could have been worse. Read More


Gruesome Spectacles

Botched executions and the future of America’s death penalty.

Gruesome Spectacles Botched executions are up since 1980, suggesting that technology has failed to make the process more reliable and humane. Read More


The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

The rise and fall of the six-day walking match, an exercise in endurance and sleep deprivation.

Before Wimbledon, the Masters, the World Series, and the Super Bowl, there was the Astley Belt Race, a six-day walking match that determined the world’s champion pedestrian. Read More

Trapped Under the Sea

Trapped Under the Sea

The inside story of Boston’s Deer Island Outfall Tunnel tragedy.

Lessons learned from a little-known construction accident, which threatened the completion of the world’s longest single-entrance tunnel, as well as a decade-long effort to clean up Boston Harbor. Read More

This Day in Failure

July 23rd

2009: The last edition of the 174 year old Ann Arbor News rolls off the presses with a three-word headline: “Farewell, Ann Arbor.” The seven-day-a-week daily is replaced by the online news site annarbor.com.

2008: A collision between chemical tanker MV Tintomara and an American Commercial Lines fuel barge on the Mississippi River spills 420,000 gallons of No. 6...

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Failure Analysis

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