This Day in Failure: August 24

2010: Henan Airlines flight VD8387 crashes near the airport in Yichin in northeast China with five crew and 91 passengers aboard. In the wake of the accident—in which 42 passengers are killed—the airline posts a photo of the wreckage on the home page of its Web site.

2010: An automated message mistakenly warns the 275 passengers aboard a British Airways flight from London to Hong Kong that the plane is about to crash. Cabin crew quickly realize the error and move to reassure the terrified passengers.

2010: A member of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team catches his chute on a flagpole while attempting to land on the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington prior to a Texas Rangers game. The unidentified jumper dangles from the pole before dropping onto a work platform on top of the scoreboard. The rest of his teammates land safely on the grass.

2006: The International Astronomical Union strips Pluto of its status as a planet because it fails to meet the new definition of a planet: It must orbit the sun; be large enough to assume a nearly round shape; and “clear the neighborhood around its orbit,” which disqualifies Pluto, whose oblong orbit overlaps Neptune's.