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Sgt. Kenneth Decker (from left), Cpl. Margaret Hastings and Lt. John McCollom were the only three survivors of the Gremlin Special crash. They are pictured above at the U.S. Army station in Hollandia, New Guinea, shortly after their rescue. B.B. McCollom.

The Gremlin Special

The Gremlin Special was a Douglas C-47 Skytrain that crashed during a sightseeing flight for U.S. service members over the Baliem Valley (?Shangri-La Valley?) in New Guinea in 1945.

There was a terrible accident in a harsh landscape, three survivors, a hidden world with a Stone Age existence, and a heroic rescue mission. They soon ended up amidst a cutting edge culture still untouched by the outside world. The locals were known man-eaters, however fortunately for the crash survivors, they chiefly ate their adversary tribe.

On May 13, 1945, twenty-four officers, enlisted men, and women stationed on what was then Dutch New Guinea boarded a transport plane named the Gremlin Special for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley surrounded by steep, jagged mountain peaks deep within the island’s uncharted jungle.
But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers survived ? WAC Corporal Margaret Hastings, Lieutenant John McCollom, and Sergeant Kenneth Decker.

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The Amazing Scene, Just Before Impact. The B-25 collided with The Empire State Building on the north side, around the 78th Floor. Immediately upon impact, the plane's fuel exploded and flames shot out from the gaping hole where the plane had entered the building. The explosion could be felt several floors above and below the point of impact.

The Amazing Scene, Just Before Impact. The B-25 collided with The Empire State Building on the north side, around the 78th Floor. Immediately upon impact, the plane’s fuel exploded and flames shot out from the gaping hole where the plane had entered the building. The explosion could be felt several floors above and below the point of impact. Updated, this is not the B.52 bomber plane, this photo was taken on a different day and a different plane in photo. The correct caption should read:?Empire State Building in New York City, Sept. 4, 1945. (AP Photo)

B-25 Bomber Crashes Into

Empire State Building

At 9:50 am on Saturday July 28, 1945, impossibility became a reality. A B-25 ?Billy Mitchell? bomber belonging to the US Army Air Corps crashed into the Empire State Building. The plane was enroute to the Newark Airport located in New Jersey when it struck the 102-story structure. The odds against such an incident ever happening were computed as being 10,000 to 1. But weather flying conditions at the time helped contribute to the incident.

Office workers were carrying on as usual in The Empire State Building, when a sudden thud knocked them from their desk chairs and on to the ground. Smoke quickly filled the room. The B-25 Bomber, on a routine mission in heavy fog, had crashed into the 79th floor. The harrowing experiences of the survivors?and those that died?are stories that have been rarely recounted since.

There was a thick haze of fog over New York City on the morning as employees such as Betty Lou Oliver, an elevator attendant at The Empire State Building, made their way to work.

Overhead, a B-25 Bomber with two pilots and one passenger aboard was flying from New Bedford, Massachusetts to LaGuardia Airport. Because of the fog, air-traffic controllers suggested that the plane might try to land at Newark Airport instead. This required a new flight plan, one that would take the B-25 through Manhattan and the crew were advised that the skyscrapers would most likely not be visible due to the immense fog.

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March 23, 1994. Near Mezhdurechensk, Russia. Airbus A310-304, Russian International Airways, Flight Number 593, Fatalities:75 : 75. The aircraft crashed after a captain allowed his children to manipulate the controls of the plane.

March 23, 1994. Near Mezhdurechensk, Russia. Airbus A310-304, Russian International Airways, Flight Number 593, Fatalities: 75 : 75.?The aircraft crashed after a captain allowed his children to manipulate the controls of the plane.

Pilot Error

?Untrained Minors In Command of Controls

On March 23, 1994, one of the worst excuses for an airliner crash happened when an Aeroflot pilot allowed his 12 and 16-year-old children to play with the controls of the Airbus A310-300 (a competitor of the Boeing 767) he was flying, resulting in a crash that killed all 75 people aboard.

It would be one of the strangest–and most preventable–air disasters in history. Aeroflot Flight #593, a Russian International Airlines Airbus ?crashed into a hillside of the Kuznetsk Alatau mountain range, Kemerovo Oblast.

The jet was en route from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak International Airport with 75 occupants aboard, of whom 63 were passengers. Most of the passengers were businessmen from Hong Kong and Taiwan who were seeking economic opportunities in Russia.

There were no survivors. No evidence of technical malfunction was found, but cockpit voice and flight data recorders revealed the bizarre reason for the crash:

The 12-year-old daughter (Yana) and 16-year-old son (Eldar) of pilot Yaroslav Kudrinsky were present on the flight deck. Eldar apparently had unknowingly disabled the autopilot’s control of the aircraft’s ailerons while seated at the controls! Yana was also recorded saying, “Daddy, can I turn this?” The aircraft had then rolled into a steep bank and near-vertical dive from which the pilots were unable to regain control in time to prevent the crash.

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Photo by Harold Sells Jr., courtesy of Juliane Koepke

Photo by Harold Sells Jr., courtesy of Juliane Koepke

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

Juliane Koepcke on January 4, 1972, on the plane to Pucallpa just after she was found in the jungle.

When she was 17, Juliane dropped 10,000 feet into the Amazon rain forest. She describes how she survived?alone.

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VIRAL: Today’s Hawaii plane crash Go-Pro footage – inside the plane

Up, up, and awa… oh, wait. Nope.

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Is this the world’s oldest Dash Cam footage?

FDNY Chief Kenlons Ride (1927)

 

 

Of course these days, most dash cam footage seems to come from from Russia.

Here’s a good dash cam video posted only a few days ago capturing a plane cash!

 

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