Accidents

Bad Ideas in Aviation History

Bad Ideas in Aviation History

Footage from a Discovery program which documented the Piasecki PA97 Helistat, an experimental logging blimp, which used an ungainly configuration of four helicopters to lift it off the ground. Just looking at the thing, it seemed like a bad idea… and it was.

Powerline Fireball

Powerline Fireball

Multiple transformers exploding was quite a sight but Huw Griffiths saw an electrical fireball up close as it blasted through a powerline in his Montreal neighborhood. Maybe we can harness this power to punish vertical video takers now.

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Not Now, We’re on the Plane

Not Now, We’re on the Plane

Remember that scene in Transformers 2 with the parachute? No? We don’t blame you. Well as with most things, actually opening your chute too early is a bit more jarring in real life.  The goods are at the 27s mark.

Biker vs. Mattress

Biker vs. Mattress

One very lucky (and skilled) motorcycle rider came inches from being thrown from his bike by a flying mattress that wasn’t tied down properly. This is why we avoid such junk trucks like the plague.

Helicopter Self-Destructs

Helicopter Self-Destructs

What do helicopters and washing machines have in common? Under the right circumstances, both can shake themselves to pieces. In this case it’s due to a condition called ground resonance.

Wingsuit Accident

Wingsuit Accident

Ever had your groin kicked, or perhaps hit by a ball? Hurt like hell right? Imagine how wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss felt when he hit a mountain while flying at 120mph. Get well soon, Jeb.

Manhole Cover Explosion

Manhole Cover Explosion

Did Dad put a firecracker down this manhole in China to teach his kids a lesson, or did he do it because he was never shown what would happen when he was a kid? It ain’t good either way.

Crash Landing

Crash Landing

Igor Kuser was practicing spiral landings with a parachute. Someone told him to practice doing it over a lake. Now he knows why. Fortunately he only got knocked out for a few seconds and is okay.

Not Part of the Stunt

Not Part of the Stunt

Come visit us at Beto Carrero World and be amazed by our motorcycle stunt duo! Watch them wrestle while their bikes pull off donuts on their own! See them cartwheel through the air – oh wait.

IndyCar Close Call

IndyCar Close Call

Rubbing is racing. That is until a tire is rubbing the top of your helmet. It’s what almost happened to Helio Castroneves when fellow IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan’s brakes went out at 180mph.

Truck Accident Miracle

Truck Accident Miracle

It was a major miracle that no one was injured in an accident in Rockwall, Texas, as an 18-wheeler driver lost control of the rig, which swept across the highway into a cop cruiser and two other cars.

How Not To Dunk in HORSE

How Not To Dunk in HORSE

It’s funny what can happen during a simple game of HORSE, especially when you’re trying to one-up your buddies like this guy. After all that, in classic dude fashion, he only wants to know if it went in.

Soviet Accident Prevention Posters

Soviet Accident Prevention Posters

The following posters precisely depict what might happen if you take it upon yourself to forget your common sense while performing manual or machine labor. TA needs these now. (Thanks S!)

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Epic Skate Fails

Epic Skate Fails

(NSFW for language) Is self-inflicted harm always funny? We’re still cringing after looking at these spectacularly painful skate fails. Let that be a lesson to you, young people. (Thanks Steve!)

November Catastophes

November Catastophes

(NSFW: Language) November was a bad month – at least if you are to believe TwisterNederland’s montage of all of the catastrophic failures captured on the tubes during the past month.

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