You’ve all heard the saying…things happen in three’s. But these airplane crashes going on around the globe is starting to happen in ten’s. We’re not sure if it’s the fact that we live in an always on society so we hear this stuff more or if older planes are failing us or what but the recent amount of plane crashes is a bit terrifying…especially if you’re like this writer and HATE TO FLY.
Well, you know what they say—they being moms and grandparents—face your fears head on. So, that’s what this writer is going to do.
Let’s explore these recent, and not recent, small and large plane crashes play by terrifying play.
First off there’s the TransAsia Airways flight. Who can forget the crazy car dashboard cam footage of the plan clipping the highway in Taipei.
You can also see smoke by one of the propellers and engines, which, according to news reports, is what the pilot called in about. But that’s the video of the plane about to crash. What happens when it crashes?
Here is the moment of impact. You can actually see debris falling from the sky. It’s insane.
And if this wasn’t enough to scare you into taking a train (wait, those have crashes too), maybe this video of the aftermath of the TransAsia flight will.
Not only do we see the debris, but the aftermath of the cars hit by the plane and the rescue efforts to pull survivors out of the river. Yes, you’ve read right, survivors.
And we aren’t talking the TV show Survivor, although that has it’s own awesomeness. And we aren’t talking about the crashes from Lost, which also had it’s own awesomeness. (Ok, this writer won’t lie, I didn’t watch it. See above. Flying terrifies me. This show would have sent me back to the hypnotist in milliseconds flat!)
But, while we are on the subject, Lost had some pretty epic photos of their plane crash.
And someone even went as so far as to recreate the Lost plane crash itself. We love creative people with too much time on their hands.
In this video, the crash of Flight 815 is shown in “real time.” Quotes because ya know, it’s television. Not real.
The first few minutes, for all you “Losties,” should look familiar. But if you skip to the six minute mark, you can start to see all the different POVs of the crash. Yes, this has been on TV and yes this is nothing new but when you get to the ten-minute mark, you will start to see the plane fall from the sky.
Then the debris, the the fact the someone actually survived. The dog-eating clip in this video is GROSS but that’s ok because we love dogs.
However real the plane crashes are portrayed in the movies, the real deal is always scarier. We can’t talk about plane crashes without talking about 911. In respect to those who gave their all, we’ll mention it, but not show it. That being said, 911 wasn't the only aviation disaster to happen in New York. The 1960 New York mid-air collision, also known as the Park Slope Plane Crash, was a mid-air collision between two airliners that occurred over New York City on Friday, 16 December 1960. The collision of United Airlines Flight 826 and Trans World Airlines Flight 266 caused Flight 266 to crash into Staten Island and Flight 826 to crash into Park Slope, Brooklyn, resulting in the deaths of all 128 people on board the two airliners and six people on the ground.
Even as far back as 1960 were plane crashes recorded, but obviously not by video which is why this one was recreated. In this news video, you can see two planes crash mid air, MID AIR PEOPLE!
The TransAsia and the 1960 mid air collision aren’t the only infamous crashes. Who can forget the recent airplane crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17th, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew aboard that flight died. The crazy part is that the plane didn’t crash because of a malfunction but rather it was shot down. Wha??? What kind of world are we living in? Sigh…
In this news clip you can watch a Russian Television ‘claim’ they have exclusive photos and videos. What you do see is a lot of debris, a lot of interviews, some photos and a map.
There are tons of other photos of the aftermath, like this one (and we want to warn you, it’s VERY graphic, almost NSFW):
But unfortunately it’s hard to find, or obtain actual video footage.
And yes, Malaysia Airlines did not have a good year in 2014. Flight 17 wasn’t their only plane crash. Who can forget Flight 370 and the search and speculations that ensued after the fact.
If you were living somewhere where modern technology or even a newspaper couldn’t reach you, let us bring you up to speed.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on Saturday, 8 March 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China. Flight 370 last made voice contact with air traffic control at 01:19 Malaysia Time when it was over the South China Sea, less than an hour after takeoff, and the aircraft disappeared from air traffic controllers' radar screens at 01:21.
A multinational search effort began in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, and was soon extended to the Straight of Malacca and Andaman Sea. The current phase of the search is a comprehensive search of the seafloor about 1,100 mi southwest of Perth, Australia, which began in October 2014.
Despite being the largest and most expensive search in aviation history, there has been no confirmation of any flight debris, resulting in speculations of its disappearance. Of course, theories are floating around (no pun intended, really) but on this almost one year anniversary we are all left in the dark. Even Amelia Earhart’s plane has been found.
Here is what was found:
A metal sheet, some small bones and an “ointment pot” may be the final artifacts of Amelia Earhart’s failed 1937 journey around the world, if a small group of wreckage hunters is to be believed. They could also be the remains of some other plane, a turtle and trash. Ha! Sorry, this isn’t a funny subject but the fact that it could be turtles and trash is quite hysterical. You can be the judge.
The search engine, literally:
The missing piece:
and trash (Aww, c’mon Newark, we’re just kidding. Sort of.):
The 1960’s mid air crash and Amelia Earhart aren’t the only famous airplane crashes from the past. Have you ever seen the movie Alive? It was a movie about a Uruguayan rugby team who were involved in the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crashed into the Andes mountains on October 13, 1972. Let us give you a play-by-play recount of how that airplane crash went down (wow, no pun intended but it works): the plane encounters turbulence and collides with an uncharted mountain peak. During the collision, the wings and tail are separated from the fuselage of the plane, and the remnants of the fuselage slide down a mountain slope before coming to a complete stop. Sounds scary huh? Try watching it.
Yeah ok, so you don’t see the full crash but you get where this went. And the other thing you don’t see is how they determine to eat part of the deceased in order to survive. Another downfall to flying. If you crash, you have to eat your friends. No thanks.
But that isn’t the only way to survive. There is actually a website dedicated to how to survive an airplane crash. We kid you not.
If you scroll down to the bottom, you can watch the video on how to survive an airplane crash. Here’s an insight: people die from smoke inhalation from the crash. We find that hard to believe. Maybe they mean an emergency landing? Another tip? And no, we aren’t making this up, move away from the plane before it explodes. Ok, wow.
Oh yes,and it even tells you to book the right seats.
These tips are real jewels people. If you ever find yourself in an airplane crash, just check here for survival tips. Or with CNN. Because they did a piece on it as well.
In this video they show you the actual airplane crash, with the reporter exclaiming, “Oh My God!.” Then they go into myths and equipment enhancements. It’s interesting but we’re still sure that this really applies to emergency landings and failures to take off (as they mention in the video) and not planes falling from the sky into the Indian Ocean never to be heard of again.
So there you have it. As much airplane crashes as this one writer, terrified of flying, can stomach to present to you. Now, excuse me as I go print out my littler survival instructions book.