Candid Camera host Allen Funt was once on a flight that was hijacked and flown to Cuba. Because some of the passengers on the plane recognized him, they thought it was part of a stunt and did not realize the danger they were in and started enjoying themselves. The plane later landed in Cuba, finally convincing the passengers.
The Wiggles, at the peak of their popularity in the late 90s, traveled in two planes so that in the unfortunate event of a crash, half of the group would survive to continue touring.
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Before 9/11, there were only 16 people on the no-fly list. As of 2013 there are over 47,000 people now on the no-fly list.
After a British Airways 747 had all 4 engines disabled, the pilot announced it by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.”.
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Lightning hasn’t brought down a plane since 1963, due to careful engineering that lets the electric charge of a lightning bolt run through the plane and out of it.
A Boeing 737, a typical airplane for domestic flights, in front of an Airbus A380.
A Russian pilot went against regulations and allowed his 16-year-old son to sit at the controls of the plane. His son accidentally disabled the autopilot, the plane then crashed and killed all 75 people on board.
A Ukrainian engineer has designed an airplane with a detachable cabin. In the event of an emergency, the cabin breaks off, deploys parachutes, and floats passengers safely to the sea or ground.
In 1977, a plane carrying 6,000 pounds of pot crashed in Yosemite National Park. Climbers in Yosemite Valley heard news of the crash and sparked a miniature gold rush with up to 20 people searching the frozen crash site. Much of the weed was salvaged, smoked, or sold before park rangers caught on.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Southwest Airlines used a plane to evacuate 64 puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats from Houston shelters. The plan aimed to make room for pets of displaced families.