This Day in Failure: October 15

2003: The Staten Island ferry, Andrew J. Barberi, carrying 1,500 passengers from lower Manhattan to Staten Island, veers wildly off course and crashes at full speed into a maintenance pier, killing 11 passengers and injuring 65 others. The pilot, assistant Captain Richard Smith, 55, flees the scene and is found at his home where he twice attempts to commit suicide. Smith was also at the helm of the Andrew J. Barberi when it crashed into the Staten Island dock in 1995, an accident blamed on propeller failure.

1959: A B-52 bomber and a KC-135 tanker collide over Hardinsburg, Kentucky, as the bomber is refueling. All four men aboard the KC-135 are killed, along with four crew members from the bomber. The B-52’s two unarmed nuclear weapons are recovered intact, neither of which disperses any nuclear material.