What happens after we say cheese? For the subjects of the following photographs they probably didn’t predict the answer to be a morbid plot twist. We have all seen post-tragedy photos of terrible accidents, but there is something particularly ominous and haunting about pre-tragedy photos: smiling families, groups embarking on explorations and daring stunt attempts, not in the least expecting to be caught in a natural disaster or a horrific plane crash. Some of these pictures appear so unassuming and cheerful that it makes what followed all the more horror story-like.

The only thing that's more morbid than these creepy photos was the trend of picturing your dead relatives, as though they were alive, during the Victorian era in England. After this, you might get a clue of what's in store with this scary pictures list.

William Shakespeare famously said “Men at some times are masters of their fate,” but as you will see in the following photos this is not always the case. Scroll down below with caution to see the Bored Panda round-up of some of the most creepy historical photos taken before a tragedy.

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Photographer Robert Landsberg Captured The Wall Of Ash That Would Kill Him When Mt. St. Helen's Erupted. He Managed To Protect The Film With His Body

Photographer Robert Landsberg Captured The Wall Of Ash That Would Kill Him When Mt. St. Helen's Erupted. He Managed To Protect The Film With His Body

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Alusair Alustriel
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2 years ago

That feeling of absolute helplessness.

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The Crew Of Space Shuttle Challenger On Their Way To Board. Challenger Broke Apart 73 Seconds Into Its Flight, Killing All Seven Crew Members

The Crew Of Space Shuttle Challenger On Their Way To Board. Challenger Broke Apart 73 Seconds Into Its Flight, Killing All Seven Crew Members

NASA Report

Savant
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2 years ago

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#3

Mayinga N’Seka, A Nurse, Is Depicted Here During An Ebola Outbreak In 1976. Her Dedication Meant That She Eventually Contracted The Disease Herself And Passed Away Not Long After

Mayinga N’Seka, A Nurse, Is Depicted Here During An Ebola Outbreak In 1976. Her Dedication Meant That She Eventually Contracted The Disease Herself And Passed Away Not Long After

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report

Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

She's a hero!

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#4

The Omagh Bombing. The Red Car In This Photograph Contained A Bomb That Killed 29 People And Injured Some 220 Others. The Man And Child Both Survived, The Photographer Didn't

The Omagh Bombing. The Red Car In This Photograph Contained A Bomb That Killed 29 People And Injured Some 220 Others. The Man And Child Both Survived, The Photographer Didn't

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Anne Bleakley
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2 years ago

Giant space Tiger - I'm from Northern Ireland- lived through the troubles and the situation is extremely complex. Best not to make political comments on a situation you don't understand. We are just grateful that those days have passed and we can go about our lives without worrying about being blown up or shot.

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14-Year-Old Keith Sapsford Hid In The Wheel Of A Flight Leaving Sydney Towards Japan. John Gilspin, An Amateur Photographer, Was Testing His New Camera Lens And Unwittingly Caught Keith Sapsford's 200ft Plunge To Death

14-Year-Old Keith Sapsford Hid In The Wheel Of A Flight Leaving Sydney Towards Japan. John Gilspin, An Amateur Photographer, Was Testing His New Camera Lens And Unwittingly Caught Keith Sapsford's 200ft Plunge To Death

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Hope Floats
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2 years ago

This is heartbreaking. . Can you imagine how terrified this 14 year old was on realizing his fate?

Carmen Elena
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2 years ago

I can´t even see this picture without felling a knife in my spine...

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Sally Appleton
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2 years ago

I've always wondered: if you were to fall like that, would you die upon hitting the ground or would you have a heart attack or something while falling? Can anyone tell me?

Juana
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2 years ago

I don't know this particular situation, but a person could conceivably pass out from lack of oxygen during a long fall from high altitude.

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diane a
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2 years ago

the accidental photographer would have lived with this forever

Den Star
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2 years ago

I have watched a few documentaries where they interviewed 9/11 witnesses and survivors. People said some of the people falling screamed all the way. They also said if you locked eyes with someone falling, you wanted to look away but you couldn't look away, because it's humanity.

Ang Michelle
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2 years ago

Could you tell me the titles? I'd be interested in watching those. Thank you!

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Gianna
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2 years ago

Why would he hide there? I'm gonna have to find about this online and read what happened. That poor family!

Anja Henriksen
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2 years ago

Many have died this way, just as soon as in February this year, two teen fell 1000 feet down in Ecuador soon after getting in the air. Sad and desperate

Just Me
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1 year ago

Many boys and men have. Literally not a single female has done this, oddly enough.

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ugaas wiilhoog
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2 years ago

Reminds me when I was in a small town inAustria, and was coming to the UK and had a flight catch or end up paying for a new ticket. Unfortunately for me my train to airport just closed the doors (next one was in an hour and half) and I stupidly decided to cling to the side of the train holding the handle) with the thought of getting off the next station which was 5 min with the train, and the fact that I have seen some people do it in other countries on), but then 10 seconds I dawns on me that trains can go at a ridiculous speed and route involved crossing bridges and into tunnels (which were narrow) and then luckily the platform was long and decided to get off while the trains was still round the platform. To say the least I jumped of the moving train and what I call a miracle, I only sustained a huge superficial gash on my knee and cuts here and there. The dumbest thing I have ever done. When my mum remembers the incident she has this look that she wants to commit me.

Kath Leen
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2 years ago

why would he hide in the airplane wheels anyway?

Just Me
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1 year ago

He was a troubled foster kid running away from home to try to find a better life.

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Valerie Lessard
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2 years ago

this is terrifying, feels like watching someone die. rest in peace little man

AngelCake13
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2 years ago

Poor lad, he must have been very desperate

Mary Kavanagh
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2 years ago

Reminds me of the people falling from the Twin Towers.

Von
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2 years ago

This breaks my entire heart :,-(

Efi Karafotia
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2 years ago

He hid because...?

Just Me
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1 year ago

My understanding was he was in foster care at the time, a troubled child who wanted a new life somewhere else and probably didn't realize the dangers.

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Rachael K
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4 months ago

wow so sad .. and amazing that the photographer caught this .. its surreal like the 9/11 jumping man :( so sad

Joe snicker
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7 months ago

Good

Taylor Gibbs [STUDENT]
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1 year ago

Scary, all of it but imagine what the photographer thought when he saw that.

Melissa Santoyo
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1 year ago

Ether way he wouldn’t have survived due to the lack of oxygen in the air. But it’s still heartbreaking, search his name up to get the full story.

Coconut Cream π
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1 year ago

He thought the plane was the battle bus

Coconut Cream π
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1 year ago

true dat

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Melody Lanzatella
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2 years ago

If he hadnt fallen he most likely would have died from extreme temperatures. In fact, they may be what made him jump.

Just Me
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1 year ago

Its unlikely he jumped but rather fell out after the wheels retracted when the wheel well area opened up and he may have already been dead by then. Hopefully.

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vernon myburgh
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2 years ago

The choices we make will make us or break us

PandaMan
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2 years ago

Most things in life are not for Free.

BusLady
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2 years ago

One thing about this photo that disturbs me, is that you can see passengers in the windows. Did any of them witness this? Heartbreaking that this happened.

AnnSmithJones
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9 months ago

It's impossible to see under the plane, so no.

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Lonely Dragon
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2 years ago

Why? Why would anyone do that?

Just Me
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1 year ago

He was a 14 year old troubled kid in foster care who wanted to run away to another country. Likely he thought he would find a different, better life in Japan. He didn't realize it would him.

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Diane Patrick
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1 year ago

He landed in water. His body looked completely normal.

I'm So Damn Happy
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2 years ago

I want to jump off. Wish we could've traded places so he could live and I could get what I want.

Aafke Veerle Frankhuizen
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2 years ago

Can you please get some help or talk to someone, no one is supposed to feel that way :(

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Francisco Rio Doce Martins
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2 years ago

He should've thought this trough... Weak mind leads to pain and suffering. And before someone jumps to defend him, we all know A LOT of teenagers who wouldn't do a dumb thing like that.

Cassandra Soncrant
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2 years ago

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Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Drummer Hill
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2 years ago

@samantha: what a vicious and insensitive comment. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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Petra Christovová
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2 years ago

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A bit harsh maybe but the boy is a great adept at Darwin´s prize. See world by hanging on a airplane wheel?? Sigh.

Grumble O'Pug
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2 years ago

Yet _again_ a complete failure to comprehend natuural selection.

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Neille Herrera
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2 years ago

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Can you just open the plane's door and jump?

MammaG
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2 years ago

He wasn't inside. READ.

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John Smith
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2 years ago

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Dumbass teen.

Cat person
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2 years ago

And even if it was just a dumb decision (which, like Kiahna said, we don't know the circumstances), it doesn't mean he deserves such a horrific death

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#6

William "Dave" Sanders Guiding More Than 100 Students Out Of The Cafeteria During Columbine High School Massacre, He Was Later Shot Twice In The Chest And Didn't Survive

William "Dave" Sanders Guiding More Than 100 Students Out Of The Cafeteria During Columbine High School Massacre, He Was Later Shot Twice In The Chest And Didn't Survive

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Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

Hero

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#7

Last Image Of Uruguayan Flight 571, Before It Crashed In The Andes On 13-10-1972. 27 Out Of 45 People Survived The Initial Crash. Survivors Were Eventually Forced To Cannibalize The Dead To Stay Alive. 16 People Were Rescued 72 Days Later

Last Image Of Uruguayan Flight 571, Before It Crashed In The Andes On 13-10-1972. 27 Out Of 45 People Survived The Initial Crash. Survivors Were Eventually Forced To Cannibalize The Dead To Stay Alive. 16 People Were Rescued 72 Days Later

Mr_Funnybone Report

Frida Ohlson
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2 years ago

Thats absolutley awful....

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#8

Dave Hally Took One Last Photo Of His Wife And 4-Year-Old Daughter Before Takeoff For Their Dream Vacation Aboard Mh17, Shortly Before It Was Shot Down Over Ukraine By Russia-Led Forces, Killing Everybody On Board

Dave Hally Took One Last Photo Of His Wife And 4-Year-Old Daughter Before Takeoff For Their Dream Vacation Aboard Mh17, Shortly Before It Was Shot Down Over Ukraine By Russia-Led Forces, Killing Everybody On Board

Dave Hally Report

Stephanie Chapman
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2 years ago

I remember this happening because it was a huge atrocity and because there were a lot of people on board heading to a conference on AIDS. So doctors, researchers, and a lot of people who were working towards a cure.

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#9

A Dash Cam Captures The Moments Before Transasia’s Flight 235 Crashed In The Keelung River In Taiwan. The Plane Carried 58 People - Only 15 Survived

A Dash Cam Captures The Moments Before Transasia’s Flight 235 Crashed In The Keelung River In Taiwan. The Plane Carried 58 People - Only 15 Survived

CNN Report

Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

Looks like a scene in a movie

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#10

Gilles Leclerc And Marianne Labanane Took A Selfie At The Bataclan Theatre As They Waited To See The Eagles Of Death Metal Perform. Moments Later, 4 Gunmen Stormed In And Started Shooting. Gilles Was Killed In The Attack, But Marianne Survived

Gilles Leclerc And Marianne Labanane Took A Selfie At The Bataclan Theatre As They Waited To See The Eagles Of Death Metal Perform. Moments Later, 4 Gunmen Stormed In And Started Shooting. Gilles Was Killed In The Attack, But Marianne Survived

Mon frère Gilles Leclerc Report

Joannie Goulet
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2 years ago

I've heard about them. The man protected his girlfriend by throwing her to the ground out of harms way when the gunman started shooting. She survived thanks to his quick reflexes and selflessness. A true hero.

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#11

Robert Overcracker, A Professional Stunt Man, Drove A Jet Ski Over Niagara Falls To Raise Awareness For The Homeless Back In 1995. This Photo Was Snapped Just As His Parachute Failed To Deploy, Sending Him Down To His Death

Robert Overcracker, A Professional Stunt Man, Drove A Jet Ski Over Niagara Falls To Raise Awareness For The Homeless Back In 1995. This Photo Was Snapped Just As His Parachute Failed To Deploy, Sending Him Down To His Death

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logical fallacy
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2 years ago

Which is why you need a reserve parachute. And a reserve reserve parachute. And a reserve reserve reserve parachure.

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#12

Last Moments Of Harambe, Gorilla Killed After A Child Fell Into His Enclosure At The Cincinnati Zoo In 2016

Last Moments Of Harambe, Gorilla Killed After A Child Fell Into His Enclosure At The Cincinnati Zoo In 2016

TomoNews US Report

A Little Light Arson
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2 years ago

The fault is of the parents, not keeping an eye on their child. Harambe may have been dangerous, but so is letting your child wander around at that age. They should have been supervising.

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#13

West Milford Took This Photo While On A Hike In New Jersey, Moments Before The Bear Attacked And Killed Him

West Milford Took This Photo While On A Hike In New Jersey, Moments Before The Bear Attacked And Killed Him

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

Horrifying...

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#14

Nicholas Mevoli After His Last 'Free Dive'. He Was Attempting To Dive 236ft Deep. He Completed The Dive, Surfaced, Gave The Ok Sign, Tried To Speak, And Then Passed Out. He Never Regained Consciousness And Died That Same Day From Pulmonary Edema

Nicholas Mevoli After His Last 'Free Dive'. He Was Attempting To Dive 236ft Deep. He Completed The Dive, Surfaced, Gave The Ok Sign, Tried To Speak, And Then Passed Out. He Never Regained Consciousness And Died That Same Day From Pulmonary Edema

Lia Hyun-Joo Barrett Report

SBW71
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2 years ago

His look is like he just realized what's about to happen. Sad.

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#15

This Unsuspecting Family Snapped The Last Moments Of Ayano Tokumasu’s Life. The 20-Year-Old Student In Red Threw Herself Over The Railings Outside The Niagara Falls To Her Death

This Unsuspecting Family Snapped The Last Moments Of Ayano Tokumasu’s Life. The 20-Year-Old Student In Red Threw Herself Over The Railings Outside The Niagara Falls To Her Death

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

This is really sad.

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#16

Archduke Ferdinand And His Wife Sophie 1h Before They Would Be Shot And Killed By Serb Nationalist Gavrilo Princip - This Event Was The Trigger For The Wwi

Archduke Ferdinand And His Wife Sophie 1h Before They Would Be Shot And Killed By Serb Nationalist Gavrilo Princip - This Event Was The Trigger For The Wwi

Bettmann Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

it's incredible how he was actually killed. An assassin had tried to throw a bomb under their passing car, but it missed and exploded the car behind, the assassin then took his cyanide pill, but it was faulty and just caused him to throw up (a lot) so he panicked and threw himself in the river, but it had been a long hot summer, so the river was shallow... Ferdinand then was rushed away but later wanted to go and see the survivors or the earlier bomb, it was when he was on his way there that he was shot.

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#17

In 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 Tragically Crashed Into A Small Private Cessna 172 Plane And Fell From The Sky. This Picture Captures The Plane Just Before It Hit The Ground

In 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 Tragically Crashed Into A Small Private Cessna 172 Plane And Fell From The Sky. This Picture Captures The Plane Just Before It Hit The Ground

Hans Wendt Report

Don Flynn
Community Member
2 years ago

I saw that happen... it was PE class and we were playing soccer on the upper field at Junipero Serra High School in San Diego. We watched the PSA jet go across the sky on fire until it hit the ground

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#18

This Photograph Was Recovered From Japan Airlines Flight 123 After It Crashed. In Total 520 Passengers And Crew Were Killed, Only 4 Survived

This Photograph Was Recovered From Japan Airlines Flight 123 After It Crashed. In Total 520 Passengers And Crew Were Killed, Only 4 Survived

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

I am honestly curious how 4 people managed to survive. That is incredible luck.

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#19

Christopher McCandless'es (The Man From "Into The Wild") Final Self Portrait - His Decomposed Body Was Found By Moose Hunters In 1992. He Lived In An Abandoned Bus For Over 100 Days. His Cause Of Death Was Officially Ruled As Starvation, But The Exact Cause Is Still Debated

Christopher McCandless'es (The Man From "Into The Wild") Final Self Portrait - His Decomposed Body Was Found By Moose Hunters In 1992. He Lived In An Abandoned Bus For Over 100 Days. His Cause Of Death Was Officially Ruled As Starvation, But The Exact Cause Is Still Debated

Chris McCandless Report

Susan Forbes
Community Member
2 years ago

And now people who are "inspired" by the book have to be rescued from their own lack of preparation. They obviously didn't think about what happened IRL

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#20

This Photo Shows Parkour Enthusiast Pavel Kashin Performing The Trick That Would Lead To His Death. He’s Pictured Attempting To Back-Flip To The Wall, But He Would Soon Lose His Balance And Fall To Ground Below

This Photo Shows Parkour Enthusiast Pavel Kashin Performing The Trick That Would Lead To His Death. He’s Pictured Attempting To Back-Flip To The Wall, But He Would Soon Lose His Balance And Fall To Ground Below

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Piet Zwanenburg
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2 years ago

More stupid then tragic

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#21

James Dean Is Seen Here Getting Gas For His Porsche 550 Spyder Not Long Before He Crashed It And Died. Legend Has It That The Car Is Cursed, As It Was Involved In Several More Accidental Deaths Before Disappearing In The ’60s

James Dean Is Seen Here Getting Gas For His Porsche 550 Spyder Not Long Before He Crashed It And Died. Legend Has It That The Car Is Cursed, As It Was Involved In Several More Accidental Deaths Before Disappearing In The ’60s

Corbis Report

Fester Sixonesixonethree
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2 years ago

The car was totaled when he crashed - there's no way it was "involved" in later accidents.

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#22

One Of The Last Known Photos Of Titanic Afloat. It Sank On 15 April 1912 After Colliding With An Iceberg. There Were An Estimated 2,224 Passengers And Crew Aboard - More Than 1,500 Didn't Survive

One Of The Last Known Photos Of Titanic Afloat. It Sank On 15 April 1912 After Colliding With An Iceberg. There Were An Estimated 2,224 Passengers And Crew Aboard - More Than 1,500 Didn't Survive

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BusLady
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2 years ago

The last survivor, Millvina Dean, died in 2009, at the age of 97. She was 2 months old at the time of the tragedy.

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#23

The Concorde Crash - Moments After Takeoff One Of The Plane’s Engines Caught On Fire, Causing The Plane To Crash Into A Nearby Hotel, This Killed 113 People

The Concorde Crash - Moments After Takeoff One Of The Plane’s Engines Caught On Fire, Causing The Plane To Crash Into A Nearby Hotel, This Killed 113 People

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GiantSpaceTiger
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2 years ago

It killed Concorde, too. Not just that one - all the planes were mothballed soon after. Now if you want to fly supersonic you need to be Military :(

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#24

Diana Princess Of Wales (Head Turned Away In Backseat), Her Bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, Left, And Driver Henri Paul Shortly On The Night Of August 31, 1997 Before The Fatal Crash

Diana Princess Of Wales (Head Turned Away In Backseat), Her Bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, Left, And Driver Henri Paul Shortly On The Night Of August 31, 1997 Before The Fatal Crash

Associated Press Report

Max L.
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2 years ago

Who took the photo contributed to the crash and their death (not sure her bodyguard survived)

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#25

George Mallory And Sandy Irvine Just Before They Began Their Ascent Of Mt. Everest In 1924, It's Still Debated If They Reached The Top, Either Way, They Never Made It Back

George Mallory And Sandy Irvine Just Before They Began Their Ascent Of Mt. Everest In 1924, It's Still Debated If They Reached The Top, Either Way, They Never Made It Back

AP Report

GiantSpaceTiger
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2 years ago

Even with that jetpack?!

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#26

Paul Walker Climbing Into The Car That Eventually Crashed, Taking His And The Driver’s Lives Back In 2013

Paul Walker Climbing Into The Car That Eventually Crashed, Taking His And The Driver’s Lives Back In 2013

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Herb Eaversmells
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2 years ago

Ricardo miller posthumously awarded Paul Walker his bjj black belt. Already a brown belt at the time of his passing, his coach thought nothing would,stop him from receiving his,black belt. This was a real honorable gesture by his,coaches part and a real cool thing to do

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#27

The Band Great White Playing At Rhode Island’s Station Nightclub, Just Before Their Pyrotechnics Caused A Fire That Killed More Than 100 People. In This Eerie Photo See You Can See The Destructive Fireworks On Display

The Band Great White Playing At Rhode Island’s Station Nightclub, Just Before Their Pyrotechnics Caused A Fire That Killed More Than 100 People. In This Eerie Photo See You Can See The Destructive Fireworks On Display

WPRI Report

Max L.
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2 years ago

The new ispired an episode of Law and Order.

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#28

R. Budd Dwyer Was The Treasurer Of Pennsylvania Between 1981-1987, Before Being Accused Of Bribery And Withholding Taxes. He Shot Himself On His Televised Trial, Watched By Millions

R. Budd Dwyer Was The Treasurer Of Pennsylvania Between 1981-1987, Before Being Accused Of Bribery And Withholding Taxes. He Shot Himself On His Televised Trial, Watched By Millions

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Amina Hays
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2 years ago

What makes it even worse is, he ended up being found not guilty.

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#29

Joseph Avery Crashed His Boat In The Niagara River. 2 Other Men Died Immediately, But Avery Managed To Cling To A Rock For 18h, Waiting For A Rescue Boat. Unfortunately, The Boat Capsized Almost Immediately After Avery Managed To Climb In, Dooming Him

Joseph Avery Crashed His Boat In The Niagara River. 2 Other Men Died Immediately, But Avery Managed To Cling To A Rock For 18h, Waiting For A Rescue Boat. Unfortunately, The Boat Capsized Almost Immediately After Avery Managed To Climb In, Dooming Him

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Savant
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2 years ago

:(

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