In 1983 a Royal Navy pilot landed his Sea Harrier fighter jet on a container ship when he got lost during a training exercise. The ship completed its journey 4 days later and the plane was returned to service. The ship’s crew and owners filed a salvage claim and were awarded some £570,000 ($1.14 million at the time) as compensation for the “rescue.”
Serbian wedding guests accidentally downed a small plane with celebratory gunfire in 2003.
The airplane which was featured in The Dark Knight Rises’ plane scene actually crashed with no survivors a year after the film was released.
Beverly Eckert died in the crash of Flight 3407 while on her way to award a scholarship in honor of her husband, who was killed in the events of 9/11.
Three people in a flight simulator died after a real plane crashed into the building.
A man was supposed to be on both doomed Malaysian Air flights. Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge had a ticket for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370, but changed his ticket at the last second. The plane still hasn’t been found. He was also scheduled to fly on Flight MH 17, but ended up changing his ticket for another flight.
After the entire national Soviet hockey team was killed in an airplane crash in 1950, Stalin’s son Vasily, the manager of the team, covered up the disaster and replaced everyone on the team to avoid his father’s wrath. Stalin never noticed.
A man jumped from a burning plane at 18,000ft without a parachute and survived with a sprained leg. His crew-mates all chanced a crash landing and died.
The farther back you sit on an airplane, the better your odds of survival in the event of a crash. Passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows up front.