This Day in Failure: October 7

2008: Qantas Flight 72—on autopilot en route from Singapore to Perth, Australia—abruptly dives 650 feet, sending dozens of passengers smashing into the Airbus A330’s luggage bins and ceiling. More than 100 of the 300 people on board are injured, and after wresting control of the wayward plane the crew makes an emergency landing at a remote military and mining airstrip. The unanticipated dive is blamed on a failure of the flight control computer and its trio of air data inertial reference units (ADIRUs).

1945: The Detroit Lions allow 41 points in the first quarter of a 57-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

1918: Georgia Tech routs Cumberland College 222-0 in a college football game. Tech rushes the ball for nearly 1000 yards and never attempts a forward pass.