Top 10 World’s Most Expensive Accidents in History

There are lots of historical facts being gathered and written by a lot of historians. These historical facts are taught and discussed in almost all schools worldwide. Now do you know that there were accidents in the past that were extremely expensive? Yes, you read it right. Here are 10 expensive accidents in the past that you must know:

10. Sinking of the Titanic

Sinking of the Titanic

It was way back on April 15, 1912 when the sinking of Titanic happened. This was after colliding into an iceberg. There are over 1,500 individuals who passed away because of this excruciating Titanic tragedy. $150 million was lost because of this accident.

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9. Tanker Truck Accident in Wiehltal Bridge

Tanker Truck Accident in Wiehltal Bridge

The total worth of damage in this accident that happened on August 26, 2004 is around $358 million. While running in the Wiehltal Bridge in the beautiful country of Germany, a tanker truck collided to a car. This tanker was filled with fuel, around 32,000 liters.

8. Chatsworth Train Collision

Chatsworth Train Collision

This was a collision between the Metrolink commuter train and the Union Pacific freight train. The said collision took place in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California on September 12, 2008. There were 25 individuals who were killed in this accident, and $500 million was the total worth of damage.

7. B-2 Bomber Crash

B-2 Bomber Crash

This accident had cost $1.4 billion. What made it expensive was the B-2 Stealth bomber itself. This accident happened on February 23, 2008. The specific place where it happened was in Guam’s Andersen Air Force case. Erroneous system control in the computer data was said to be the main cause of it.

6. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

It happened when a giant tanker known as Exxon Valdez sank in the Gulf of Alaska. It happened way back on March 24, 1989. There were 11 million gallons spilled oil in this accident, making the bigger portion of the ocean polluted. Such human-caused environmental disaster had cost $2.5 billion.

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5. Piper Alpha Oil Rig

Piper Alpha Oil Rig

Piper Alpha Oil was known to be the world’s biggest oil producer. On July 6, 1988 however, the entire oil plant was burnt. It’s because of the carelessness of the technician who had forgotten to replace one of the safety valves. $3.4 billion was the total worth of damages.

4. Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion

Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger (mission STS-51-L) exploded in the air 73 seconds after it flied. $5.5 billion was the total worth of the damages. A certain defect on the O-ring part was the main cause of this accident. Its 7 crew members were all found dead.

3. Prestige Oil Spill

Prestige Oil Spill

This accident happened on November 13, 2002 had cost $12 billion. This was after the Prestige Oil tanker sank into the ocean of Galicia, Spain because of storm. The ship was divided into two and there were 20 million oil gallons spilled into the sea.

2. Space Shuttle Columbia Explosion

Space Shuttle Columbia Explosion

On February 1, 2003, NASA was shocked by the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia. One hole on its wing part was the main cause of the explosion. As per American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronotika Sciences, the accident had cost $13 billion.

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1. Chernobyl


The Chernobyl disaster was the most expensive accident in history that had cost $200 billion. It happened on April 26, 1986. The accident occurred because of some power plant operators who didn’t follow the safety requirements in handling the power plant.

These are the 10 expensive accidents happened several years ago. These accidents are parts of the world’s history, so make sure to be fully-acquainted about them.

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