Airplane Crash Videos: The Bad, the Ugly and the Survived

1) Black plumes of smoke can be seen in the distance as this video was shot from inside the airport after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed upon final approach into San Francisco Airport (SFO) on the morning of July 6, 2013.

Out of the 307 people aboard the Boeing 777, everyone survived except two young Chinese female passengers who died at the crash scene and another passenger who died days later in a hospital. 181 people were injured with 12 critical injuries.  One of the controversies of the crash was there were conflicting reports that one of the young girls killed at the scene was still alive after the crash but was run over by a rescue vehicle who didn’t see her since she was covered fire-fighting foam.  After further investigation it was ruled that the girl had died upon impact from the crash.  The NTSB eventually determined that the flight crew mismanaged the initial approach and blamed the crash on the pilots’ over-reliance on automation and lack of systems understanding.

2) This video of a Thunderbird jet ejecting and crashing in full view of a flight show audience:




The pilot, Captain Kris Stricklin was able to safely eject and parachute to safety.  He only suffered minor injuries and was treated by military medical personnel.  There were no other injuries to any other people or property. The accident investigation board reported that the pilot miscalculated the altitude required to complete the “Split S” trick. ? When the Thunderbird demonstration started, Captain Stricklin’s plane was the last in six planes to take off. The F-16 flew straight into the sky and did a barrel roll. When Stricklin realized he was off target, he steered the aircraft away from the crowd in case he needed to eject.  He ejected eight-tenths of a second prior to impact when the plane was 140 feet above the ground.  

3) On June 26,1988, passenger flight Air France #296 was flying over Mulhouse–Habsheim Airport in an air show.  The A320 aircraft was supposed to perform a low-speed flyover at an altitude of 100 feet but did the flyover at 30 feet, skimming the treetops of a forest near the end of the runway and crashed.




The plane’s right wing was torn off during impact and fuel began to immediately spill and ignite. The flight crew was able to evacuate passengers via the emergency slide even though their escape route was blocked by branches and trees.  Out of the 136 people on the flight, three did not survive.  One was girl who couldn’t remove her seatbelt, another was a woman was about to evacuate but returned to help the girl and the third was a handicapped boy.

4) On July 10, 2006 in Multan, Pakistan a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane headed toward Lahore crashed 10 minutes after take off, killing all 45 people on board.




The Fokker F-27 twin-engine plane took off normally but lost contact with the control tower two minutes after takeoff. Witnesses said the aircraft spiraled in the air before hitting the ground in a wheat field, bursting into flames.  The crash caused a nearby power line to catch on fire.  Fire rescue workers and police and military troops rushed to the crash site where plane debris and clothes littered the area along with the smell of burning oil and bodies.  A female flight attendant was rescued alive from the wreckage but later died in a hospital. The cause of the crash was not known but airport authorities ruled out terrorism.

5) A RAF Harrier crashed into the North Sea off of Lowestoft, England on Aug 2, 2002 in front of a crowd of vacationers.




The jet flown by Flight Lieutenant Tony Cann was performing at the Lowestoft Air Show and was coming to the end of its performance when the plane normally bows to the crowd. At about fifty feet from the edge of the sand, the jet began to experience engine failure but the pilot was able to safely eject and a lifeboat rescued him from the sea.  Onlookers reported they saw the plane began to fall toward the water and then there was an explosion when the hood of the cockpit blew off as Cann ejected.  No one was hurt and the pilot even waved to the crowd who gave him a round of applause as he was taken off to the hospital.

6) Amazingly there were no serious injuries when on July 31, 2003 in Anchorage, Alaska, a Cessna 207 Skywagon with four passengers crash-landed between two fields where a soccer match and baseball game were being played.


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There were about 500 people watching the third inning of a minor-league game between the Fairbanks Goldpanners and the Anchorage Bucs in Mulcahy Stadium. Suddenly, the umpire started to frantically waved toward right field where the stalled plane was rapidly descending toward left field.  The pilot was able to avoid a light pole before the plane plowed into some fences between left field and an ongoing soccer game. The plane’s engine was sheared off by the fence and the plane flipped over while flames broke out of one side.  The plane eventually came to rest on its belly.  Everyone survived the crash and there were no injuries on the ground.

7) In Indonesia on March 7, 2007, passenger flight Flight 200 operated by Garuda Indonesia crashed and burst into flames while landing at Adisucipto International Airport.





It was 6:58am local time when the Boeing 737 tried to land but overran the end of the runway, went through perimeter fence and bounced three times before it stopped in a nearby rice field.  Passengers later said the plane shook violently before it crashed. Although the plane caught on fire and burst into flames, most of the passengers were able to escape. Some were caught inside the burning fuselage and one crew member and twenty passengers were killed.  The pilot, Captain Muhammad Marwoto Komar later reported that right before the flight landed, the plane felt a sudden downdraft and the flaps on the 737 may have malfunctioned.

8) On June 18, 2002, a privately owned civilian version of an older-model C-130 air tanker crashed in Walker, California while fighting a wildfire.




Both wings fell off the plane just after it dropped fire retardant causing it to plummet to the ground, killing all three crew members.  A NTSB investigation later found fatigue cracks in the wings of the old plane which was built in 1957 as a military aircraft, discarded in 1978 and converted into an air tanker in 1988. At the time of the crash, the C-130 had already logged in 21,863 flight hours. This incident along with other C-130 crashes prompted the U.S. Forest Service to review their contracts with commissioned air-tankers resulting in the cancellation of nine C-130 air tankers contracts due to faulty conditions.

9) On August 5, 2013 in Akureyri, Iceland, a Beechcraft King Air 200 air ambulance nosedived and crashed onto the ground on the drag strip of a racing club, Motorsport Hlíðarfjallsveg.  




The light aircraft exploded into a gigantic fireball when it crashed.  Miraculously, the pilot, Axel Albert Jenson survived the crash but the two other passengers, captain Paul Steindor Steindorsson and ambulance man Peter Robert Tryggvason both died. The footage shows the plane banking hard at high speed before it quickly loses altitude and spiraled downwards where its left wing crashed into the ground.  The crash broke both wings and the tail of the aircraft hull. There had been no notification of failure or emergency received from the crew during the flight and authorities are still investigating into the exact cause of the crash.

12) What’s the first thing you do when your pilot tells you that there is ice on the carburetor and your plane with probably have to crash land? Grab your cell phone to video the entire scene of course.




That’s what Jonathan Fielding did when he was told that he and his family were about to crash land in a single-engine plane.  Riding with Fielding in the small plane was his wife, Kara, their 7-month-old son and Kara’s mother Katherine Mohlma as well as pilot Lynn Goodsell. The plane’s carburetor iced over which caused the engine to eventually shut off and couldn’t be restarted. Goodsell warned everybody about the impending crash and as Fielding films their experience, he comments that he’s not worried, he thinks they’ll be fine and he loves his family. Well his faith was rewarded. Although they had to crash into the hard, packed snow, everyone was fine despite a few scrapes and bruises.

11) Known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” and one of the most famous crashes witnessed by the world is the landing of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River in New York City on January 15, 2009.





The Airbus A320 was on its way from LaGuardia Airport to Seattle when about three minutes into the flight at 3:27 pm local time, the plane struck a flock of Canadian geese which made the engines lose power.  The pilots determined that they would not be able to reach any airfield and decided to glide into the Hudson River near midtown Manhattan for a water landing.  All 155 people on board safely evacuated the plane while it was partially submerged and slowly sinking. The only major injury was one passenger who broke both his legs.  Everyone was quickly rescued by ferries and other boats and the pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger became an instant media star.