If the thought of flying makes your palms sweat and your stomach queasy, relax, take a deep breath and calm your nerves by reading this list of plane crashes that should have been fatal, but luckily weren’t.
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A Mid-Air Collision
If the fear of a malfunctioning parachute isn’t already enough to make you swear off the extreme sport of skydiving, this harrowing crash story just might do it. Somewhere over the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota, two airplanes carrying nine skydivers and two pilots between them crashed in mid-air at 12,000 feet, causing some of the divers to fall out of the plane on impact. One of the planes held together and was able to land but the other caught fire, forcing the pilot to eject himself from the aircraft and activate his emergency parachute.
Thankfully all the divers were prepared to jump at the time of the crash and managed to dodge the falling debris as they parachuted safely back to earth… which we hope they never ever left again.
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An Accidental Biplane
Remember that part in Titanic where the ship broke in half? We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but that doesn’t just happen to poorly captained boats. An Indonesian Lion Air Boeing 737 carrying 108 passengers and crew missed the runway and crash landed in the ocean just off the island of Bali. The impact caused the jet’s fuselage to break in half like a cheap plastic toy, leaving passengers to flee in panic as water rushed into the cabin. Despite the chaos, everyone aboard the plane made it safely to shore with the help emergency rescue teams. Only 22 passengers were treated for minor injuries.
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Hollywood actor Harrison Ford might want to rethink taking any more “Solo” flights after his recent brush with death. The Indiana Jones star left Santa Monica airport in his vintage World War II-era monoplane only to have the engine lose power shortly after takeoff. Unable to turn back, he instead crash landed on the 8th hole of Venice’s Penmar Golf Course in a move that some say potentially saved several lives while risking his own.
Star Wars fans needn’t worry though; Ford only suffered a bump on the head and quickly returned to work on the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which he’ll be reprising his role as Han Solo. Maybe he should just stick to flying the Millennium Falcon. That hunk of junk could survive anything.