5 Crazy Plane Crashes You Won’t Believe Everyone Survived
Digital Media Pro / Shutterstock
Rocky Mountain Low
This incident in Colorado left 100 passengers thanking their lucky stars to be alive after a plane crashed and burned on the runway at Denver International Airport. The Continental Airlines Boeing 737 failed to take off properly and instead plunged into a ravine where it lost its landing gear along with an engine. Passengers fled as the plane caught fire and plastic from the overhead compartments melted and dripped down onto the seats. Fortunately the crash happened only 200 yards from one of the airport’s fire stations and the blaze was quickly extinguished. Apart from a few fractures and broken bones, no serious injuries were reported.
muratart / Shutterstock
Miracle on the Hudson
Quick thinking by one brave pilot turned what could have been a national tragedy into a heroic story with a very happy ending. Captain Chesley Sullenberger was piloting US Airways Flight 1549 headed for North Carolina out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport when the plane flew through a flock of migrating Canadian geese. One of the birds was sucked into the engine, causing the plane to lose power as it flew over New York City. Narrowly avoiding a major disaster that would have had an undoubtedly devastating toll, Captain Sullenberger managed to instead crash-land the plan in the Hudson River.
Some passengers waded through knee-deep water to escape, while others stood on the wings of the plane waiting to be rescued. The only injuries reported were a pair of broken legs and the Captain was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons” of 2009.