From the archives: Plane crashes and close calls

The plane that landed with the pilot halfway out the front windscreen; the very first fatal plane crash; the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon; and the Boeing 767 that ran out of fuel 12,000 metres off the ground.

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In 1990 the pilot of a plane heading for Málaga, Spain, was sucked halfway out of the windscreen in the middle of the flight. The plane landed with him still half out the window.


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Thomas Selfridge was the first US military pilot (of heavier-than-air planes) and also the first person to die in a plane crash.


In 1971 Juliane Koepcke fell out of a plane that had been struck by lightning over the Amazon. Of the 92 passengers, she was the only survivor.


Because of a metric mix-up, a Boeing 767 ran out of fuel in mid-air and had to glide home.

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