Wired News has a nice article on what they consider to be the 10 worst software bugs of all time (so far). I knew about a few of these, notably the Therac-25 fatalities and the Ariane-5 self-destruction. However, at least three of them were new to me.
Terminal 2E of the Charles De Gaulle International Airport (Paris) collapsed unexpectedly in the early morning of Sunday, 23-May-2004. Four unsuspecting travelers died in the process, simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The $900 million (US) structure, which is designed to handle as many as 25,000 passengers in a single day, may be beyond all hope of repair. The big question: why?