Over 300 persons, the majority of them were high school pupils, died as a result of the sinking of the Sewol ferry on April 16th, 2014. The ferry was found to be overfull and architecturally flawed. Prior to the boat overturning and sinking, the pupils filmed videos and messaged their parents. The crew had guided the worried students to remain in their rooms while they were packed with water. Some were kidding around, unaware of how grave the situation was becoming. Here is an image from a video that a pupil was taking when the ferry was already full of water.
The government was held responsible for South Korea’s boat tragedy which was one of the most traumatic maritime accidents of all time. Lack of security measures and poor rescue work were the reasons given.
A Cloud of Ashes
On May 30th, 1980, Jim Hobson (19 years old) and his pals were water skiing at Saddle Dam Park. There were not aware that Mt. St. Helens was going to erupt nearby. The upsurge ensued after many earthquakes in succession around the region and is believed to be the most destructive volcanic outbreak in 100 years. Luckily, the lads escaped unhurt from the accident and even carried on skiing while gazing at the eruption awe-struck; the boys were not harmed, but 57 people were killed during that calamity.
Jim Hobson along with his friends – Dave Pritchard, Ralph Morgan, and Robert Morgan – were camping at Saddle Dam Park’s Yale Reservoir when they witnessed the eruption.
The Mysterious Tale of Amelia Earhart
In 2017, a picture was found in the National Archives. This specific photograph holds significance because it shows the lost aviator, Amelia Earhart, and seemingly, suggests that it was snapped after the collision. This indicates that she primarily must have survived the accident, her fate remains unknown as she was not seen alive again by the ones searching for her. The image, though captivating, does not hold answers to her disappearance.
Amelia Earhart is most popularly known to be the first female aviation pilot to traverse solo across the Atlantic Ocean. For this feat, she was awarded the United States Distinguished Flying Cross. She was declared dead in absentia after she disappeared on July 2nd, 1937 at the age of 41.
The Plane Crash That Took the Whole Team
It was quite a tragedy for the sports community in November 2016. A Brazilian-based football team, Atletico Chapecoense, was going to a championship match in Medellin, Colombia. They booked a chartered airplane and snapped this picture in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they were laid off, prior to embarking on their concluding flight. Many other team members eagerly posted their images on social media accounts prior to taking off. They would never be heard of again.
The captain called the emergency room, stating an electricity outage. Soon after, the airplane hurtled into the mountains, taking out 71 people. Initially, there were 6 survivors, but subsequently, one more player succumbed to injuries at the medical center. This accident occurred as a result of extremely low fuel levels and a delayed emergency landing. In all, the flight was poorly planned.
The Deadly Air Disaster
On Jan 7, 2012, a hot air balloon hit a high voltage electricity chord and viciously burst into flames when trying to make a landing. It hurtled towards the north of New Zealand city, Carterton, executing 10 travelers along with the pilot. It was the deadliest air catastrophe to take place in New Zealand since the year 1963.
The accident occurred due to an error of judgment on the pilot’s part; he was found to be under the influence of cannabis at the time of the tragic event.