Entries in Crash (19)


Pilot Rescued After F-15 Jet Crashes East of Okinawa

Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR(KADENA AIR BASE, Japan) -- The pilot of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed early Tuesday morning was rescued from the ocean east of Okinawa.

The plane was flying out of the U.S. Air Force Base at Kadena and suffered difficulties about 15 minutes into the flight that forced the pilot to eject and the aircraft the crash into the water approximately 70 miles east of Okinawa, according to a press release from the United States Forces Japan.

American and Japanese crews responded to the scene of the accident and recovered the pilot about one hour later.

The pilot's name has not been released.

Despite the plane's generally good safety record, the crash is the third major incident in the past decade involving an F-15 jet in Okinawa.

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Military Investigates Showboating in Helicopter Crash

Tim Hawley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military is investigating whether an attack helicopter pilot was “showing off” when he made a low pass over a remote Afghan outpost and then slammed violently into the ground, according to a defense official.

The dramatic crash was captured on amateur eyewitness video, which recently surfaced online.

The video shows an Apache helicopter coming into view before swooping down low over a snowy coalition outpost. The person shooting the video, who has not been identified, shouts in apparent fear as the helicopter narrowly misses a building and then seems to chuckle in relief after it pulls back up. But after coming back around, the pilot apparently loses control after the steep ascent, drops down low again and slams its belly onto the snowy ground just feet from the camera.

The helicopter skids towards another group of people, but comes off the ground briefly before crashing again in the distance.

A spokesperson for the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force told ABC News the video was taken Feb. 6 in the Paktika province in Afghanistan. No one on the ground was injured and the aircrew survived with minor injuries, the spokesperson said.

One former Blackhawk helicopter pilot told ABC News the Apache pilot appeared to be performing a “return to target” maneuver — the low swoop followed up by the 180 degree turn followed by another swoop — a standard combat maneuver for which Apache pilots are generally extensively trained.

There was no enemy activity in the area and multiple military experts said it’s possible the pilot was performing the dangerous maneuver for the benefit of the spectators on the ground.

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Poland Train Crash Kills 16, Injures 58

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WARSAW) -- Sixteen people died and 58 were injured on Saturday night in Poland’s worst rail crash in decades.

The Telegraph reports that a Krakow-bound express train from Warsaw collided with another train near Szczekociny.

“This is our most tragic train disaster in many, many years,” Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, said.

An unnamed American woman was among the victims killed.

Polish prosecutors opened an investigation to determine how one of the trains ended up on the wrong tracks.

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Mountain Crash Leaves Famed Base Jumper Hospitalized

ABC News(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- Famed base jumper Jeb Corliss is in a South African hospital after crashing Monday on Table Mountain in Cape Town. Footage of the crash has been posted on YouTube.

Though Corliss, 35, is reported to have suffered severe leg injuries, he joked to South African newspaper The Cape Times that “I feel better than I’ve ever felt.”

Corliss, who was profiled by 20/20 last year and in 2010, made a name for himself jumping from world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge. and says he has made more than 1,000 jumps.

“I was about 5 years old and I was watching these birds, and I remember seeing them open their wings and start to fly,” Corliss told 20/20 in 2010. “And I remember going, you know what, when I get older I’m going to do that.”

Corliss uses a flying squirrel-style wing-suit to travel at speeds of up to 300 mph and steer through the air during freefall. Watch Corliss explain how his suit works here.

“If you want to do something spectacular, something special, you have to be willing to take really unique risks,” he told 20/20.

Since his accident, authorities at Table Mountain National Park said that they do not issue permits for base jumps and that Corliss did not have permission to jump at the park. They said they will fine Corliss and could also press charges against him.

Watch Corliss complete one of his breathtaking stunts -- leaping from a 7,000-foot cliff in Switzerland -- and 20/20′s coverage below.

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11 Dead in Hot Air Balloon Crash in New Zealand

File photo. (Marty Melville/Getty Images)(CARTERTON, New Zealand) -- All eleven people onboard a hot air balloon were reportedly killed when it crashed outside a fairground near Carterton, New Zealand, early Saturday morning, local time.

A witness said he saw flames coming from the basket as the balloon plummeted to the ground. "It came down like a bloody rocket and then there was a big bang,'' said David McKinlay, according to the New Zealand Herald.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire and subsequent crash.

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US Predator Drone Crashes in Seychelles

JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images(MAHE, Seychelles) -- An unarmed U.S. Predator drone crashed at the international airport in the Seychelles Tuesday. The United States operates a small fleet of unarmed surveillance drones out of the Seychelles to assist with countering the scourge of Somali pirates who terrorize the waters off of east Africa. 

 A U.S. Air Force statement said the remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper aircraft crashed at a runway at the Seychelles International Airport in Mahe Tuesday morning. “The MQ-9 was not armed and no injuries were reported,” said the statement.

After the debris was removed from the runway the airport re-opened for normal traffic.   The cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation.

Tuesday’s Reaper crash was the first in the Seychelles since they started flying reconnaissance missions from the remote archipelago in 2009.

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Exotic Vehicles Involved in $4 Million Car Crash in Japan

YOMIURI SHIMBUN/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- In what is being called the “world’s most expensive car crash,” 14 vehicles, including eight Ferraris, three Mercedes-Benz cars and a Lamborghini Diablo, were involved in a huge pileup Sunday morning on an expressway in southwest Japan.

Witnesses reported wet conditions on the roadway at the time of the crash, which is believed to have started when the driver of one Ferrari struck a center median after losing control while trying to pass another Ferrari on a long curve.  The eight Ferraris and the Lamborghini were being driven by members of an exotic sports car club.

Two of the Mercedes were traveling on the other side of the highway in the opposite direction, and got caught in the crash when they were struck by flying debris.  The accident also involved a Nissan and a Toyota Prius.

Ten people were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Television footage of the scene showed wrecked cars and broken glass and metal strewn across both sides of the highway.

Authorities estimate the total damage to the vehicles involved at $4 million.

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Nepal Bus Crash Kills 40+

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- At least 43 passengers aboard a bus in eastern Nepal were killed Thursday when the vehicle swerved off a mountain road and fell into a river, according to police.

Police told AFP the bus plummeted 300 meters -- or about 984 feet -- into the Sun Kosi River, about 50 miles from Kathmandu.

"Forty-three dead bodies have already been recovered and the bus has been destroyed.  It is likely that more bodies will be found near the crash site, which is very remote," Lokendra Shrestha, police officer in Sindhuli district, told AFP.

Several passengers were also injured in the accident, two critically, AFP reports.

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Investigation Finds No Fault in Deadly Chinook Crash in Afghanistan

In this photograph taken on July 29, 2011 a US military Chinook helicopter lands at Forward Operating Base in Arghandab district southern Afghanistan. ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The investigation into the deadly helicopter crash in August that killed 30 Americans and eight Afghans has found that no one was at fault for the deadliest incident for U.S. troops in 10 years of war in Afghanistan.

On Aug. 6, a Chinook CH-47D helicopter was brought down by enemy fire as it was carrying a team of elite Navy SEALs to help support a nighttime mission to capture a Taliban leader in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province. Seventeen Navy SEALs and five SEAL Support forces were killed in the crash, along with three Air Force special operators, five Army helicopter crew personnel and eight Afghan soldiers.

Shortly after the crash, Gen. John Allen, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, ordered an investigation into the circumstances.

An executive summary of the investigation made public by U.S. Central Command Wednesday evening said the Chinook helicopter carrying special operations forces was brought down by a rocket propelled grenade.

According to the report’s author, Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Colt, "After conducting my investigation, I have determined that this mission, and the tactics and resources employed in its execution, were consistent with previous U.S. special operations missions and the strike forces selected to execute the mission were appropriate. I also determined that the CH-47D was shot down with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fired by a Taliban fighter as the helicopter neared its landing zone.”

Colt’s investigation also determined that the decision to load the transport helicopter with so many troops was “tactically sound.” In the wake of the crash there had been some question as to whether putting the elite special operations forces aboard the helicopter was a risky move.

"The decision to load the IRF (Immediate Reaction Force) onto one CH-47D in order to mitigate risk by minimizing aircraft exposure to ground fire and to mass the assault force was tactically sound,” said the report.

It added, “The shoot down was not the result of a baited ambush, but rather the result of the enemy being at a heightened state of alert due to 3 1/2 hours of ongoing coalition air operations concentrated over the northwestern portion of the Tangi Valley.”

The five-page executive summary sheds new details into the timeline of events that resulted in the deadly helicopter crash. For example, the investigation found that two or three RPG rounds were fired by Taliban insurgents at the helicopter. The first missed, but a second round struck the helicopter’s tail rotor, bringing the aircraft down within seconds.

The investigation of the crash also helps explain why there were so many personnel sent as part of the mission beyond the 17 SEALs who were serving as the immediate response force. The additional personnel were added to help provide support so the team could leave the area of fighting by land during daylight hours in preparation for a nighttime helicopter pickup the following night.

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Train Collision in Shanghai Leaves 200+ Injured

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SHAGHAI) -- A collision between two subway trains in Shanghai Tuesday has left more than 200 people injured -- about twenty seriously -- according to the subway operator.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. said on its Weibo account -- a Chinese social media website much like Twitter -- that the crash occurred at 2:51 p.m. on Line 10. The company said a signal system failure caused one train to accidentally rear-end another.

Nearly 500 passengers who were on the trains have been safely evacuated, Shanghai Metro added.

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