25 Crazy Stories And Facts About Crashes You Might Find Hard To Believe

Could there possibly be anything scarier than crashing in a plane? Try driving on the road! Well, of course you’re not scare of that. Who would be? People drive everyday. And you’ve been driving for most of your life! So why should you be scare of it? It’s pretty simple. Because driving is the most dangerous thing that most of us will ever do. Your chances of dying while driving are significantly higher than your chances of dying in a plane crash. And if you ever start texting and driving, well then your chances skyrocket. Just think about it. Planes are flown by pilots. They are professionals. Cars are driven by you and me. We are anything but professional. Even if you are the greatest driver in the world, you share the road with drunks, teenagers, and old people. There is no limit to the danger. Your tire can burst, you can get rear ended, people can swerve off the road. Even if this list is about crashes in general, just remind yourself, plane crashes make the news…but they are rare indeed. As bad and as scary as they can be, driving places is significantly more dangerous. These are 25 Crazy Stories And Facts About Crashes You Might Find Hard To Believe!

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When he was in the army, Clint Eastwood survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean and swam several miles to shore.

When he was in the army, Clint Eastwood survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean and swam several miles to shoreSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1973, Stevie Wonder was in a car crash that put him into a coma. When doctors couldn't do anything to revive him, his friend sang “Higher Ground” into his ear and Stevie started tapping his fingers to the rythm.

In 1973, Stevie Wonder was in a car crash that put him into a coma. When doctors couldn't do anything to revive him, his friend sang “Higher Ground” into his ear and Stevie started tapping his fingers to the rythmSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The father of Ziad Jarrah, one of the 9/11 hijackers, didn't want him to be a pilot because he "only had one son and didn't want him to crash".

The father of Ziad Jarrah, one of the 9/11 hijackers, didn't want him to be a pilot because he "only had one son and didn't want him to crash"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1937 a teenager in Florida known as "Betty" was listening to her father's shortwave radio when she allegedly picked up distress calls from Amelia Earhart following Amelia's crash. She wrote down everything she heard and today it is contained in a document called Betty's Notebook.

In 1937 a teenager in Florida known as "Betty" was listening to her father's shortwave radio when she allegedly picked up distress calls from Amelia Earhart following Amelia's crash. She wrote down everything she heard and today it is contained in a document called Betty's Notebook.Source: tighar.org, Image: wikipedia
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On 9/11 some fighter jets were scrambled without ammunition. The pilots were expecting to ram their jets into any potentially hijacked airliner and eject at the last second.

On 9/11 some fighter jets were scrambled without ammunition. The pilots were expecting to ram their jets into any potentially hijacked airliner and eject at the last second.Source: sites.google.com/site/the911disaster/, Image: wikipedia
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Magne Furuholmen, a member of the Norwegian band A-ha, lost his father in a plane crash near Oslo when he was 5 years old. Morten Harket, his future band mate witnessed the crash. The two of them wouldn't meet until 13 years later

Magne Furuholmen, a member of the Norwegian band A-ha, lost his father in a plane crash near Oslo when he was 5 years old. Morten Harket, his future band mate witnessed the crash. The two of them wouldn't meet until 13 years laterSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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When a domestic flight crashed in Norway in 1948 with philosopher Bertrand Russell onboard, Russell was among the survivors (all of whom sat in the smoking section). Prior to the flight Bertrand had allegedly quipped "if I don't sit in the smoking section I will die".

When a domestic flight crashed in Norway in 1948 with philosopher Bertrand Russell onboard, Russell was among the survivors (all of whom sat in the smoking section). Prior to the flight Bertrand had allegedly quipped "if I don't sit in the smoking section I will die"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
18

The pilots of Delta flight 1141 were so busy flirting with the flight attendants before takeoff that they ended up crashing the plane and killing 14 of 108 passengers.

The pilots of Delta flight 1141 were so busy flirting with the flight attendants before takeoff that they ended up crashing the plane and killing 14 of 108 passengers.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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To make things even more ironic, the "flirtatious topic" of Delta flight 1141 was what the crew would say in case they crashed (in light of the recent Continental Airlines Flight 1713 crash).

To make things even more ironic, the "flirtatious topic" of Delta flight 1141 was what the crew would say in case they crashed (in light of the recent Continental Airlines Flight 1713 crash)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 2010, a small plane in the Democratic Republic of the Congo crashed because their was a crocodile on board. One of the passengers had hidden the crocodile on board in hopes of smuggling it and selling it. When it got free, it caused a stampede in the cabin that put the plane off balance and caused it to crash

In 2010, a small plane in the Democratic Republic of the Congo crashed because their was a crocodile on board.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The most likely time for a driver to be involved in a crash is on the weekend between 12 AM and 3 AM

The most likely time for a driver to be involved in a crash is on the weekend between 12 AM and 3 AMSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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Begun in 1952, the Automotive Crash Injury Research Center initially started doing its crash tests with corpses instead of dummies.

Begun in 1952, the Automotive Crash Injury Research Center initially started doing its crash tests with corpses instead of dummiesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1954, Ernest Hemingway survived a plane crash...and then survived another one the next day.

In 1954, Ernest Hemingway survived a plane crash...and then survived another one the next daySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1996, hijackers took over Ethiopian Airlines flight 961 to Nairobi from Addis Ababa. They wanted to seek refuge in Australia and told the pilot to fly there although he said they wouldn't make it. After running out of fuel the plane crashed in the water. Although the pilot did an excellent job controlling the descent, numerous passengers died only because they inflated their life vests too soon and then couldn't get out of the airplane.

In 1996, hijackers took over Ethiopian Airlines flight 961 to Nairobi from Addis Ababa. They wanted to seek refuge in Australia and told the pilot to fly there although he said they wouldn't make it. After running out of fuel the plane crashed in the water. Although the pilot did an excellent job controlling the descent, numerous passengers died only because they inflated their life vests too soon and then couldn't get out of the airplaneSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The initial script for anchorman involved a bunch of news reporters who crashed in the mountains and then discovered the plane they crashed into held two things - monkeys and martial arts equipment. The rest of the story was a battle of survival and you can probably guess why the script changed.

The initial script for anchorman involved a bunch of news reporters who crashed in the mountains and then discovered the plane they crashed into held two things - monkeys and martial arts equipment. The rest of the story was a battle of survival and you can probably guess why the script changedSource: tbs.com, Image: wikipedia
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Popular Mechanics did a study on every commercial plane crash since 1971 and found that the farther back you sit, the better your chances of survival in a crash. While the survival rate for business class passengers was 49%, the survival rate for those in the back was 69%

Popular Mechanics did a study on every commercial plane crash since 1971 and found that the farther back you sit, the better your chances of survival in a crash.Source: flowingdata.com, Image: wikipedia
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The majority of accidents take place within 3 miles of the driver's home

The majority of accidents take place within 3 miles of the driver's homeSource: consoleandhollawell.com, Image: pixabay
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In 1977, the entire University of Evansville basketball team was killed in a plane crash on the way to one of their games, except for one player. That player then died 2 weeks later after being hit by a drunk driver.

In 1977, the entire University of Evansville basketball team was killed in a plane crash on the way to one of their games, except for one player. That player then died 2 weeks later after being hit by a drunk driverSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Nearly two thirds of the people on the Hindenburg survived when it turned into a fireball over New Jersey

Nearly two thirds of the people on the Hindenburg survived went it turned into a fireball over New JerseySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1977, when the band Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi, Artimus Pyle, the drummer stumbled away to seek help although his band mates were all killed on impact. He came across a farmer who thought he was trespassing and shot Artemis through the shoulder. The farmer obviously felt bad after he realized what was actually going on.

In 1977, when the band Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi, Artimus Pyle, the drummer stumbled away to seek help although his band mates were all killed on impact. He came across a farmer who thought he was trespassing and shot Artemis through the shoulder. The farmer obviously felt bad after he realized what was actually going onSource: easyreadernews.com, Image: wikipedia
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It was only after the death of Buddy Holly in a plane crash in 1959 that newspapers withheld the names of victims until family was notified.

It was only after the death of Buddy Holly in a plane crash in 1959 that newspapers withheld the names of victims until family was notifiedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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While terrorist strikes like 9/11 cause lots of direct damage, they also introduced something called "dread risk". This is the risk that people will actually engage in more dangerous behavior to avoid a perceived threat.

While terrorist strikes like 9/11 cause lots of direct damage, they also introduced something called "dread risk". This is the risk that people will actually engage in more dangerous behavior to avoid a perceived threatSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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After 9/11, for a period of one year, Americans reduced air travel while interstate traffic increased. Simultaneously, the number of fatal traffic accidents shot up. An estimated 1,500 Americans died in car crashes because they were trying to avoid being in a plane crash

After 9/11, for a period of one year, Americans reduced air travel while interstate traffic increased. Simultaneously, the number of fatal traffic accidents shot up. An estimated 1,500 Americans died in car crashes because they were trying to avoid being in a plane crashSource: papers.ssrn.com, Image: wikipedia
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Just before Boddy Holly died in that fateful crash, his band mate told him that he "hopes his ol' plane crashes!". Although Waylon Jennings was joking, that statement has haunted him for the rest of his life.

Just before Boddy Holly died in that fateful crash, his band mate told him that he "hopes his ol' plane crashes!". Although Waylon Jennings was joking, that statement has haunted him for the rest of his lifeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Nearly one third of teenage deaths in the developed world are due to car crashes.

Nearly one third of teenage deaths in the developed world are due to car crashesSource: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Image: pixabay


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