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Top software failures of 2015/2016

Christina Mercer | June 28, 2016
Missing payments, double-charged customers and delayed stealth fighter jets all resulted from software glitches this year

22. Air India forced to divert Boeing 787 flight

Top software failures 2014: Air India forced to divert Boeing 787 flight
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Air India had to divert one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners last February after pilots noticed a glitch in the plane software during a flight from Melbourne to New Delhi. Engineers flew from Hong Kong to fix the glitch, which was described as 'not major' by the airline. The episode was just the latest in a series of glitches to affect the 787 since its launch in 2011, with the worldwide fleet grounded in 2013 due to overheating batteries in some planes. 

23. Delivery of F-35B stealth fighters delayed

Top software failures 2014: Delivery of F-35B stealth fighters delayed
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Glitches in software development and testing have led delivery of Lockheed Martin's F-35B stealth fighters to the US Marine Corps to be delayed by over a year, and caused costs to overrun. Software problems included an error in the fighter's computer system which associated the wrong part numbers with aircraft components and recommended grounding planes even after repairs had been made.

Source: Computerworld UK 


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