Airplane Mishap Photos: Unbelievable, But True!

This is almost too hard to believe. It’s got to be staged, right? According to Snopes, it’s not. “The plane’s registration number (N6487J) identifies it as a Piper Cherokee registered to Vision Real Estate Management Co., Inc., of Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, that plane was involved in an accident at Meadow Lake Airport near Colorado Springs on 7 December 2006.”

This one is hard to believe too, but Snopes assures us it’s real. “One of the military’s largest transports got stuck at the end of a runway atop the I-564 overpass for more than 16 hours. It was unable to turn around at the west end of Chambers Field at the Norfolk Naval Station. The incident forced the closing of the field to all but helicopter traffic and made for a dramatic sight for hundreds of motorists passing beneath it during morning rush hour.

This is pretty much the worst thing you want to see while your plane taxis on the runway. But is it real? Yep. “This is a genuine photograph depicting the aftermath of Mandarin Airlines Flight 642 from Bangkok to Hong Kong, which crashed upon landing on 22 August 1999.”

I would have been physically unable to take this picture as I would have been cowering in fear, head firmly between my legs. Whoever did, kudos to you. Snopes has the scoop on this one, too. “The photograph displayed above was taken during an AirTran flight from Atlanta to Orlando on 13 July 2004. Shortly after takeoff, a passenger on AirTran Airways Flight 4 reported seeing a cover come off the left engine.”

This one cracks me up. I can’t even begin to imagine what the bus driver was thinking when he slammed into the side of this airplane. According to, the “wingtip came within inches of the driver’s head,” which you can almost see happening on the full-size version of the image.

I can’t imagine how this even happened. Did the truck drive under the plane? The plane over the truck? I’d venture to say the latter, because I doubt the truck could have lifted the plane off the ground. You can read speculations from people much smarter than me over on (scroll down).

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