There was no time to launch the lifeboats. Hundreds of people dived into the oily water, clinging to lifejackets, barrels and pieces of debris.The Admiral Nakhimov sank in only seven minutes. Rescue ships began arriving just 10 minutes after the ship went down. It determined that both Captain Markov of the Admiral Nakhimov and Captain Tkachenko of the PyotrVasev had violated navigational safety rules. Despite repeated orders to let the Admiral Nakhimov pass, Tkachenko refused to slow his ship and only reported the accident 40 minutes after it occurred. Captain Markov was absent from the bridge. The inquiry took place in 1987 in Odessa. Both Captains Markov and Tkachenko were found guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Both were released in 1992.
At 5.37 pm, travelling at 15 knots, Mikhail Lermontov struck rocks about 5.5 metres (18 feet) below the waterline on her port side. Water poured up into the decks, and the seriously damaged ship limped towards Port Gore. Jamison hoped he could beach the ship to stop it floating out to sea.Jamison beached Mikhail Lermontov successfully, but lowering the anchors to keep her there was impossible as the electricity in the ship had failed. As a result, the ship drifted into deeper waters. Water-tight doors were broken open by the pressure of the sea water gushing into the ship. Mikhail Lermontov was doomed.The passengers were put onto several ships in the area, including the LPG tanker, MV Tarihiko, (Capt Reedman) and the SeaRail road-rail ferry Arahura (Capt John Brew). By 8.30 pm, many passengers were being loaded on to these rescue ships of their own accord, but the Russian crew refused to disembark.As darkness set in, Wellington Radio ordered all passengers to disembark as MS Mikhail Lermontov listed further to starboard. Within 20 minutes of the last passenger being rescued, the ship had disappeared completely. Crew member PavelZagladimov died, while 11 of those rescued had minor injuries.
The Ufa train disaster was an explosion on the Kuybyshev Railway on June 4, 1989 at 1:15 (local time) in the Soviet Union, about 50 kilometers from the city of Ufa. It was the most deadly railway accident in Soviet history. Both trains were carrying many children: one was returning from a holiday vacation on the Black Sea and the other was taking children there
1984. Poison gasses leaked from pesticide plant in India. Spreading over the nearby towns. Around 3000
Factors leading to the magnitude of the gas leak mainly included problems such as; storing MIC in large tanks and filling beyond recommended levels, poor maintenance after the plant ceased MIC production at the end of 1984, failure of several safety systems due to poor maintenance, and safety systems being switched off to save money— including the MIC tank refrigeration system which could have mitigated the disaster severity The situation was worsened by the mushrooming of slums in the vicinity of the plant, non-existent catastrophe plans, and shortcomings in health care and socio-economic rehabilitation.Workers cleaned pipelines with water and claimed that they were not told to isolate the tank with a pipe slip-blind plate. Owing of this, and the poor maintenance, the workers considered that water might have accidentally entered the tank.UCC believed that a "disgruntled worker" deliberately connected a hose to a pressure gauge connection and was the real cause.
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Big DisastersLearn how to Fail from World’s Top ExpertsGwen Shapira, Senior Consultant