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5 close calls involving nuclear weapons

This article summarises 5 potentially catastrophic close calls involving nuclear weapons.

  1. A scientific rocket launch that almost triggered Soviet retaliation, because “U.S. notification of an upcoming satellite launch never made it up the chain of command”
  2. A defective computer chip almost triggered US nuclear launch
  3. A nuclear bomb fell off a plane above North Carolina
  4. 6 cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads were strapped to the wrong plane, and remained unguarded on a runway, and nobody noticed for 36 hours
  5. A missile carrying a nuclear warhead exploded in its silo because a maintenance worker dropped a socket wrench

http://www.nti.org/analysis/articles/close-calls/

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