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Here are 107 software horror stories where making a programming mistake can cost you your job or even your, or even somebody elses life. Many of these listed provide links to stories about the horrific event while others contain book or magazine references where you can read more about them.

1. The Mars Climate Orbiter crashed in September 1999 because of a "silly mistake": wrong units in a program.
2. The 1988 shooting down of the Airbus 320 by the USS Vincennes was attributed to the cryptic and misleading output displayed by the tracking software.
3. Death resulted from inadequate testing of the London Ambulance Service software.
4. Several 1985-7 deaths of cancer patients were due to overdoses of radiation resulting from a race condition between concurrent tasks in the Therac-25 software.
5. Errors in medical software have caused deaths. Details in B.W. Boehm, "Software and its Impact: A Quantitative Assessment," Datamation, 19(5), 48-59(1973).
6. An Airbus A320 crashes at an air show.
7. A China Airlines Airbus Industrie A300 crashes on April 26, 1994 killing 264. Recommendations include software modifications.
8. The British destroyer H.M.S. Sheffield was sunk in the Falkland Islands war. According to one report, the ship's radar warning systems were programmed to identify the Exocet missile as "friendly" because the British arsenal includes the Exocet's homing device and allowed the missile to reach its target, namely the Sheffield. From "The development of software for ballistic-missile defense," by H. Lin, Scientific American, vol. 253, no. 6 (Dec. 1985), p. 48.
9. An error in an aircraft design program contributed to several serious air crashes. From P. Naur and B. Randell, eds., Software Engineering: Report on a Conference Sponsored by the NATO Science Committee, Brussels, NATO Scientific Affairs Division, 1968, p. 121.
10. An Air New Zealand airliner crashed into an Antarctic mountain; its crew had not been told that the input data to its navigational computer, which described its flight plan, had been changed. From "The development of software for ballistic-missile defense," by H. Lin, Scientific American, vol. 253, no. 6 (Dec. 1985), p. 52.
11. The Ariane 5 satellite launcher malfunction was caused by a faulty software exception routine resulting from a bad 64-bit floating point to 16-bit integer conversion.
12. During the maiden flight of the Discovery space shuttle, 30 seconds of (non-critical) real-time telemetry data was lost due to a problem in the requirement stage of the software development process.
13. A train stopped in the middle of nowhere (London' Docklands Light Railway) due to future station location changes after the software was deployed and reluctance to change the software.
14. The Dallas/Fort Worth air-traffic system began spitting out gibberish in the Fall of 1989 and controllers had to track planes on paper. "Ghost in the Machine," Time Magazine, Jan. 29, 1990. p. 58.
15. Several Space Shuttle missions have been delayed due to hardware/software interaction problems.



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