/r/CatastrophicFailure

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Videos, gifs, or aftermath photos of machinery, structures, or devices that have failed catastrophically during operation.

Videos, gifs, articles, or aftermath photos of machinery, structures, or devices that have failed catastrophically during operation, destructive testing, and other disasters.

 
Catastrophic Failure refers to the sudden and complete destruction of an object or structure, from massive bridges and cranes, all the way down to small objects being destructively tested or breaking.
 

Posting Rules

  1. No joke submissions/memes
  2. Titles must only be informative/descriptive and include a date, do not editorialize
  3. Avoid posting mundane/every day occurrences like car accidents
  4. No compilations or montages
  5. Always be respectful
  6. If the only notable thing in your submission is injury/death, it belongs in another subreddit
     

 

Flair Rules

  1. If your submission depicts people dying, you must apply the "Visible Fatalities" flair to your post and tag it "NSFW"
  2. If your submission depicts people visibly being seriously injured, you must apply the "Visible Injuries" flair to your post and tag it "NSFW"
  3. If your submission depicts a situation where people were killed, but those people are not directly visible you must apply the "Fatalities" flair to your post (eg. the Hindenburg Disaster, or a plane crash)
  4. If your submission does not require one of those tags, you should pick any of the other flairs to describe what type of failure occurred

 

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In Samarkand, a Nexia-3 car exploded during refueling. a gas cylinder flew out of the car and hit a gas station attendant Feb 25, 2023

5 Comments
2024/06/10
08:20 UTC

1,948

In Orcas Island, WA a small plane crashes in water 6/7/24

106 Comments
2024/06/10
02:18 UTC

1,113

In Kemerovo streetcar lost control, people fell out of it under the wheels of cars June 6, 2024

42 Comments
2024/06/09
14:42 UTC

490

‘Catastrophic Failure’ On Teton Pass; Road Closed After Highway Falls Off Mountain. June 7, 2024.

This is devastating for the people that work in Jackson hole but aren’t rich enough to live there. Huge impact for these folks.

Link to article

26 Comments
2024/06/08
20:20 UTC

183

Four people killed in head-on collision between passenger train and freight train in the Czech republic on 05-06-2024

Reuters article in English

Czech news site idnes has a lot of pictures from the crash site (no visible fatalities) and it seem the first passenger car crumbled and folded in on itself, while the rest seems to be in decent shape. Both drivers survived according to the news. Material failure on the train car?

https://www.idnes.cz/pardubice/zpravy/vlak-srazka-nehoda-pardubice-regiojet-doprava-zeleznice-spoje.A240606_103326_pardubice-zpravy_pp

16 Comments
2024/06/06
10:57 UTC

557

United Airlines Douglas DC-3A NC16073 crashed in San Francisco Bay after a dropped microphone jammed the elevator controls on February 9th 1937

21 Comments
2024/06/05
03:40 UTC

354

Penny Newman facility collapsed due to Microburst storm. Levelland, TX 05/29/2024

30 Comments
2024/06/04
00:50 UTC

2,961

The insides of a differential that has failed. Date unknown.

126 Comments
2024/06/04
00:23 UTC

220

June 1 2024 Topsham Maine USA Monster Truck pulls power lines and poles down on crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCAGJmwC-Co

Only two injuries thank goodness. Amazing that people weren't electrocuted.

Still gotta give credit to the truck name "Crushstation"

41 Comments
2024/06/03
15:50 UTC

190

The 2018 Ankara-Marşandiz (Türkiye) Train Collision. An untrained signal box worker working on a rail line which is missing safety systems leads to two trains colliding head-on. 9 people die. The full story linked in the comments.

2 Comments
2024/06/02
13:08 UTC

8

Giant crater opens when a truck passes and falls inside (Unknown Date)

8 Comments
2024/06/01
22:15 UTC

84

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the explosion at the Nypro chemical plant at Flixborough, one of Britain's worst ever industrial accidents

4 Comments
2024/06/01
07:49 UTC

712

Fatal crash of Wallis WA-117 Autogyro G-AXAR at Farnborough on September 11th 1970

45 Comments
2024/05/31
16:12 UTC

11,181

May 29th 2024, Texas Warehouse Malfunction

692 Comments
2024/05/31
14:22 UTC

37

06/18/23 - INDIA - massive rock almost crush an excavator and its operator

11 Comments
2024/05/30
21:47 UTC

547

Lockheed Constellation destroyed in an FAA crash test in Arizona in 1965

37 Comments
2024/05/30
18:50 UTC

2,312

May 30 2024 - Chicken Farm in my hometown in IL exploded

The smoke could be seen for at least 70 miles away. 1mil+ chickens lost, but no human injuries reported.

464 Comments
2024/05/30
12:46 UTC

1,707

April 6, 2024. Bijela, Bosnia. Controlled detonation at the rock query turns in to a catastrophic landslide.

110 Comments
2024/05/28
15:36 UTC

179

April 9, 2022 Fire in Home Depot, San Jose CA. Rapid uncontrolled spread because sprinkler failed to activate, per investigation.

43 Comments
2024/05/27
17:45 UTC

1,887

Last night, 26 May 2024, a nightclub burned down in Sneek, Netherlands

The are 4 hours in between the clips

108 Comments
2024/05/26
17:59 UTC

267

The 1896 Braamfontein (South Africa) Train Explosion. Insufficient care when handling explosives on a freight train leads to a devastating explosion. 75 people die. The full story linked in the comments.

9 Comments
2024/05/26
10:46 UTC

254

Four dead and seven in critical condition after partial building collapse in Spain - medusa beach club, palma de mallorca, 23 May 2024

The rooftop terrace at Medusa Beach Club in Playa de Palma was said to have been packed with people when it collapsed onto the floor below just after 8pm, hitting an arch below which then caved in and landed on victims in the basement area.

Majorca club tragedy 'will happen again', residents warn https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13455547/majorca-club-tragedy-tourists-rooftop-bar-collapse.html?ito=native_share_article-nativemenubutton

32 Comments
2024/05/24
10:36 UTC

37

Cooling Unit Control Board Burnt Out In Use, May 22 2024

The control board for my cold wells burned out Wednesday and nearly started a fire on the line. Kinda ironic that the thing that's supposed to be cold was the one to burn up.

13 Comments
2024/05/24
06:04 UTC

46

Argentina Today 05/23/2024 - propane gas main line leak and fire due a worker failure

8 Comments
2024/05/23
21:03 UTC

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