2009’s crash of an Iranian military aircraft was a terrible loss of life and technology. Emerging this week is a new perspective of the crash, captured from the back of a C130 that happened to be refueling an F-4 Phantom in the area. In the video, you can clearly see the Iranian aircraft spiraling out of control and tumbling down to earth, a haunting image captured purely by accident.
The new footage gives some insight into what the final moments of any plane crash must be like, a dizzying array of motion, confusion and terror. It’s enough to make one consider taking a long, quiet break from air travel.
[Editor’s note: the scenes from this video are graphic]