In this video we look at 5 fatalities caught live on camera.
This has got to be one of the saddest moments of a persons departure ever recorded. The event was the 1973 Dutch grand prix at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands and the driver was Roger Williamson.
It was only Williamsons’ second formula one appearance after his debut at the British grand prix. As he was on his 8th lap, it’s thought that a tire failure caused his car to flip upside down and catch fire. Although he was not seriously injured by the accident it’s self he was trapped under the car as it was engulfed in flames…….
On April 15th 1989 a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, England would turn in to the worst stadium disaster in English sports history and one of the worst football disasters in the world. BBC cameras were televising the match and the unfolding disaster was broadcast live to millions across the United Kingdom.
On that day 96 people were crushed to death and 766 injured.
The match was the FA Cup semi final and because of the reputation for football violence at the time between the fans of different clubs, a neutral venue was chosen. The opposing fans were sectioned off from each other by fencing them in pens and contributed the problems that would ensue.
The crush occurred in the section allocated to the Liverpool fans, the entry to which was via only 1 of 7 old turnstiles. This led to dangerous overcrowding outside the stadium for those trying to get in before the match started……….
The challenger space shuttle disaster of January 28th 1986 not only ended the lives of the 7 crew but also dealt a huge blow to the NASA and American national pride.
The shuttle took off from cape Canaveral, Florida on an unusually cold January morning after days of delays and technical issues. The makers of the Solid rocket boosters (SRBs), Morton Thiokol were concerned that the O rings that sealed the joints of the would not work correctly in the cold conditions on the morning of the launch.
They held discussions with NASA managers and urged the mission be postponed but the NASA staff already frustrated by the large number of previous delays opposed it even though the O-rings in question were a Criticality 1 component, meaning that if they failed there were no backups and their failure would mean the destruction of the entire craft and the loss of all on board…….
On august 22nd 2015 a Hawker Hunter T7 vintage jet aircraft was performing at the shoreham air display at Shoreham airport, when as it was completing a loop maneuver it failed to pull up in time and crashed on to a busy main road running next to the airport.
Its was the worst British airshow disaster since an accident at the 1952 Farnborough Airshow that killed 29 spectators……
The 24 hour le mans crash of 1955 in France has gone down as the deadliest crash in motor racing history and it was also caught on film.
In 1955 the le mans track was pretty much the same as it was when it first opened in 1923 but back then car were only capable of 60 mph and by 1955 the race cars of the day were achieving up to 190mph and its this which had a major contribution to the death toll…….
Roger Williamson burned to death trapped in his crashed formula 1 car in the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix
Hillsborough football stadium, the worst disaster in football history 96 people lost
Challenger shuttle explodes just after take off with the loss of all 7 astronauts on board
Shoreham airshow 2015, vintage jet crashes on to a busy main road during an airshow
1955 le mans, worst motor racing disaster in history with the loss of over 84 people
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