This Day in Failure: May 26

2013: A nylon camera drive line snaps during lap 121 of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, causing the FOX TV-operated rope to fall over the grandstand and onto the track, resulting in injuries to ten fans and damage to race cars. NASCAR delays the race for a half-hour while the damage is repaired.

2004: In a 1,100 word explanation, the New York Times admits its reporting leading up to the Iraq war was “flawed” because it relied too heavily on suspect sources with insufficient corroboration.

1993: Texas Rangers outfielder Jose Canseco misjudges a deep fly ball, allowing it to hit him on the head and bounce over the outfield wall, counting as a home run for the Cleveland Indians. The Rangers lose the game to the Indians by one run. Three days later Canseco tears ligaments in his elbow while pitching during a blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox.

1991: A Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashes into the jungle 100 miles north of Bangkok, Thailand, killing all 223 passengers and crew on board. While climbing out of Bangkok Airport a computer malfunction causes the thrust reverser on the port engine to deploy, essentially putting the engine into reverse. Boeing recalls and modifies the 767’s thrust reversing system at the conclusion of the official investigation.