Awesome Close Calls

Longboarding Close Calls

Longboarding Close Calls

Longboarding down steep and twisty roads looks like quite the thrill. But it can also be quite dangerous. Boarder Josh Neuman compiled this video of 10 of his most butt-clenching downhill moments. Between the blind corners, steep drop-offs, roadside hazards, and unexpected vehicles, this is one pastime best left to the experts.

MotoGP Close Call

MotoGP Close Call

During the 2020 Portuguese MotoGP race, championship rider Aron Canet had a crazy close call that could have ended up much worse. Not only did he fall off of his bike at speed, but he also slid down the track for what seemed like forever, and narrowly avoided being run over by multiple racers. This guy should play the lottery.

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Hang Glider Close Call

Hang Glider Close Call

Gursk3¬†recently took his first hang glider flight. However, something went horribly wrong, and his safety harness wasn’t connected. Through a sheer feat of arm strength and will, he managed to hang on and survive the 2+ minute flight with relatively minor injuries.

Rally Race Close Call

Rally Race Close Call

Footage from the 2017 Rally Islas Canarias, during which driver Tomasz Kasperczyk overshot the line coming around a bend and could have easily tumbled down a deadly cliff. Thankfully, unlike some rally courses, there’s a guard rail on this course.

Truck Tipover Close Call

Truck Tipover Close Call

Incredible video out of Korea of a tractor trailer losing control on the highway, balancing on just half of his wheels, then miraculously landing safely back on the road. Either the guy behind the wheel was a stunt driver, or his cargo was a bunch of self-balancing scooters.

Loose Spool

Loose Spool

You know when you’re driving down the highway and you see giant spools or pipes on the back of a truck? Admit it. You’ve always wondered what would happen if one of them got loose. Well, here you go. You’re welcome.

Drone Close Call

Drone Close Call

If you’ve contemplated using that drone you got for Christmas to shoot action footage of athletes or race cars, DON’T. This short video from last year’s FIS Alpine slalom at Madonna di Campiglio shows skier Marcel Hirscher as he’s nearly taken out by an errant UAV.

Dead Stick Landing

Dead Stick Landing

In 2014, pilot Mark Penell encountered a problem that would have caused lesser men to panic. His single-seat Rans S-10 airplane lost its propeller mid-flight. But Mark kept his cool, and brought the plane in for a safe landing without its primary means of propulsion.

Rally Car vs Dog Close Call

Rally Car vs Dog Close Call

It’s every rally driver’s worst nightmare – an animal runs into the middle of the course. Most of the time it results in a nasty collision or the car running off the road to avoid it. Not so for this scrappy pup, and equally lucky rally drivers, who must have someone looking out for them.

Cliff Crash Dashcam

Cliff Crash Dashcam

Last year, YouTuber TurboFoz gunned it through the tunnels of California’s Angeles Crest Highway in his tuned 2004 Subaru. He didn’t realize there was a sharp curve ahead, and ended up going off a cliff. Fortunately, he was okay, though we’re sure his underwear was not.

Seaplane Spin Landing

Seaplane Spin Landing

While performing a stunt, a seaplane was coming in for a touch-and-go landing on a lake, when it hit an unidentified object in the water, forcing the plane to spin out as it touched down. Fortunately, nobody was injured, but the plane required some repairs.

Airplane Street Landing

Airplane Street Landing

While most people install dashcams in their cars in order to record accidents, they’ve also been known to capture other events. For instance, this small plane made an emergency landing in Irvine, California, and taxied down the street along with the rest of traffic.

Soft Crash Landing

Soft Crash Landing

2012 footage of a Lockheed SP-2H Neptune making a nail-biting emergency landing. Not only did the pilot have to deal without landing gear on one side, but with strong crosswinds. Had the moving propeller hit the ground at speed, it could have been disasterous.

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Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Paul Yearly was driving his Mustang when he inexplicably passed out. Incredibly, he managed to avoid traffic or any major obstacles, and is fine now. If you’re wondering, Paul records video so he can post bad drivers on his YouTube channel.

Soda Bottle Close Call

Soda Bottle Close Call

A pedestrian walking along a road in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil had the scare of a lifetime when an out of control truck headed straight for him, hurling hundreds of bottles of soda at him along the way. Incredibly, he escaped unharmed.

Monster Truck Close Call

Monster Truck Close Call

The monster truck responsible for making part of the audience have their lives flash before their eyes at this rally in Reynosa goes by the name of Perro Loco. Skip to the 1:18 mark to see this Crazy Dog almost go off its leash.

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