Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s fatal crash after being sent to space in a dangerously shoddy vessel

April 24, 1967 Orenburg Oblast, Soviet Union Cosmonaut Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в) is killed when returning to Earth during a space flight Komarov knew the space capsule he was to use was unsafe, as did his friend, fellow cosmonaut, and first man in space Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin and a team of technicians found…

Suicidal pilot crashes plane, kills 24

February 9, 1982 Tokyo Bay, Japan Seiji Katagiri, pilot of Japan Air Lines Flight 350, intentionally crashes the plane in Tokyo Bay, killing 24 on board Katagiri had allegedly been suicidal when he sabotaged the plane by engaging 2 of its engine thrust-reversers in flight. The plane's First Officer and First Engineer attempted to restrain…

The Munich air disaster

February 6, 1958 Munich, West Germany An airplane carrying teammates from Manchester United F.C. and other passengers, crashes The crash, called the Munich air disaster, happened just during takeoff due to slush on the runway. The airplane was carrying 44 people, 20 of whom died on impact and a further 3 succumbed to their injuries…

Train crash kills a dozen in fire

From the New York Herald Published January 14, 1882 An article is published describing a railway accident which claimed the lives of a Senator as well as several others The accident happened the day before, on Friday the 13th. It involved a train carrying 13 cars, mostly filled with politicians. The train was running late,…

Train hits school bus, killing 50+

November 17, 2012 Manfalut, Egypt A train hits a school bus carrying approximately 70 children, killing at least 50 as well as the driver and wounding 17 The incident occurred due to a crossing worker allegedly being asleep when the bus approached the crossing, leading to the crossing barricades not being lowered. Additionally, police did…