Tragedies are life changing events that can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. Even though caution is exercised fate still wins. Just like these photographs that were taken right before tragedy struck. It gives a glimpse of the final powerful moments of these lives right before they ended. Take a walk through history and the images before disaster struck. It’s not an inspiring thought but morbid curiosity is part of human nature. Who knows? It might even help save a person’s life.
Dubbed as the “unsinkable” ship, the Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, at 11:30 p.m. about 375 miles south of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage from Europe to the United States. Only 705 of the 2,224 passengers on board were rescued aboard the RMS Carpathia by the time it arrived on scene hours later after it sank. More than 1,500 died in the sinking, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.
Mount Everest explorers George Mallory and Sandy Irvine bravely attempted to climb the world’s highest peak on June 8, 1924. It was the third attempt of the British to try to achieve the first ascent to the mountain. Unfortunately, they disappeared and was never seen again. They had been spotted high on the mountain that day but disappeared in the clouds. It wasn’t until 1999 that Mallory’s body was found but it didn’t provide clues or evidence as to whether they were able to reach the summit.
Christopher George Latore Wallace or better known as The Notorious B.I.G, Biggie, or Biggie Smalls is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. This is the last known photograph for the rapper before he was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Two more albums have been released since his death.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down near the Ukraine–Russia border and crashed near Torez in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 283 passengers and 15 crew on board were killed. The crash occurred during the Battle in Shakhtarsk Raion, part of the ongoing war in Donbass, in an area controlled by the Donbass People’s Militia. Till this day, controversy still remains surrounding who shot the plane down.
James Byron Dean is an American actor and cultural icon rose to fame in his most celebrated film Rebel Without a Cause. His premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status.He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. In this photo he is ready to hop into his Porsche and was traveling to a sports racing competition when the Porsche crashed, killing him instantly.
On a sunny day in 1943 the mayor of St. Louis, William Dee Becker along with other nine politicians were out flying in a military glider. Tragically their military glider malfunctioned after being released from a c-47 cargo plane. Only a single bolt had loosened and it caused a wing to shear off from the glider, sending it and the passengers plummeting to the ground.
On the fateful day of July 25, 2000, Air France Flight 4590 was set to fly from Paris to New York when it suddenly struck runway debris. The aircraft blew a tire and punctured the fuel tank during takeoff which caused an engine to burst into flames before it failed and caused the plane to crash into a hotel shortly after. The 100 passengers and nine crew members were killed instantly while four people were killed on the ground and one critically injured. This was the only fatal Concorde accident in 27 years of its operational history.
Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 was a Boeing 727-214 commercial airliner that collided with a private Cessna 172 light aircraft, over San Diego, California at about 9:00 am on Monday, September 25, 1978. The death toll of 144 makes it the deadliest aircraft disaster in California history. Both aircraft crashed into a San Diego neighborhood, at the intersection of Dwight and Nile, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and seven people on the ground in houses, including two children. Nine bystanders were injured and 22 homes were destroyed by the impact and debris.
John Lennon the English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as the co-founder of The Beatles were the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. Here in this photograph, Lennon was signing autographs for his fans outside his New Yor City home with Mark David Chapman behind him, the man who would shoot and kill him 10 minutes later.
The 1961 U.S. Figure Skating team was onboard the Sabena Flight 548, a Boeing 707, that was en route from New York to Brussels, Belgium. Sadly, the aircraft crashed. The Boeing had to abort its landing at Brussels because of an aircraft blocking one of the runways and tried to climb and circle towards another one. It started banking dangerously, but the attempts to level its wings caused it to spiral rapidly down to the ground, where it crashed on a farm. The crash killed all 72 passengers on board, along with the farmer whose land the aircraft crashed on to.
The Ebola virus is one of the most dreaded diseases on the planet. The first ever recorded outbreak in history was in 1976. It started in a small village where it affected 318 people and resulted in 280 deaths. Thankfully it was contained in the village and didn’t spread any further. Here in the photo is Nurse Mayinga N’Seka watching over a patient and sadly succumbed to the virus a few days after.
A scenic hot air balloon flight from Carterton, New Zealand, collided with a high-voltage power line while attempting to land, causing it to catch fire, disintegrate and crash, killing all eleven people (ten passengers and the pilot) on board, on 7 January 2012. It was concluded that the pilot made an error of judgment and toxicology analysis of the pilot tested positive for cannabis.
How tragic were these events? Looking at some of these photos makes you fell helpless. Just imagine being at the scene and moment of tragedy. It makes you think how precious life is and that it could end anytime. Our existence is like a mist, here now and gone later. Just like these photos that immortalized the final moments of these people. How powerful are these 12 Chilling Photos Taken Before Tragedy Striked?