Friday, April 1, 2011

The Crash


This was already posted on the Random Internet blog a few weeks ago, but it's such an amazing photo that I had to reblog it here. 

This amazing photograph was taken by National Geographic photographer Robert W. Madden while he was in Guatemala in 1976. Apparently, the plane was having trouble landing in the high winds when Mr. Madden took this frame just as the aircraft crashed into the truck. You can find the source over at the National Geographic website.

Without a doubt, this is the same kind of photo that embodies the principle of being at the place and at the right time.

You can find some more random internetz over at the Random Internet blog.

UPDATE: Just to clarify some of the questions in the comments: yes, everyone escaped harm from the accident and no, this is not an April's Fools Joke.


192 comments:

Astronomy Pirate said...

Wow, crazy picture. Sucks for the pilot, truck driver, and those people running like hell though.

The Emancipator said...

that is crazy. was anybody injured? jesus

tissue rejection said...

Insane action shot. Imagine being those guys running away from that on the left.

Dazza said...

so uhh... was he ok lol?

Sean said...

Holy crap. That's incredible.

ChazWellington said...

what was he doing taking the picture and not helping the guy out? lol

Andre said...

Holy cow talk about perfect timing on a picture
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JapRoulette said...

Wow that's crazy!

The Game Store Guy said...

Oh my god! That is amazing! I hope no one was killed.

Fang said...

That's pretty crazy. The photographer got lucky though, getting such a nice shot!

Joe said...

I hope that wasnt real o.O

mac-and-me said...

wow
wat

psyke said...

That guy looks like prancing cera

The Angry Lurker said...

What an amazing picture.

Patti D. said...

so funny, those guys sure where running for their lives.

wronyr said...

seems almost impossible to catch such photo
great one

BORIS said...

What the, that is perfect timing

BTN Hip Hop said...

jesus thats intense.

Stare Dad said...

Wow... its a very hard picture. Very nice

CandleintheDark said...

That is incredible timing

Bart said...

lmfao! hahaha best pic ever!

FrenchNeo said...

er.. aw.

Kevings said...

LOL! Seriosly, its a great capture , but jeez i wouldnt wanna be in it :S

duffboi said...

ouch, i bet that was loud.

TheGeneral said...

Perfect timing. Not so perfect event though...

Rob said...

The picture is awesome but imagine being there for it :o

Banacek said...

That's a once in a lifetime picture.

Michael said...

Whoa! Thanks for sharing.

Megan Hansen said...

oh wow, i bet he never saw that coming

Ano said...

that is perfect timing :D

Tasos said...

one picture, one thousands words. I think the only guy that wasn't luck in this situation, is that unfortunate pilot

Jung said...

Haha, geez that's crazy.

Glovey said...

Your work on this blog is great! keep it up!

Choms1337 said...

very nice photo :D

Navi said...

wow thats insane. how long was the guy standing there before he figured leaving would be a good idea

SirJohnBear said...

What an incredibly photo. I would have never scene it if you didn't reblog it. Thanks!

Cameron Peter Hughes said...

I'm sure he's fine...just happy there was a camera man there to catch that.

MRanthrope said...

HOLY crap that is one of the gnarliest photos i've ever seen.

MrBunni said...

Wow, he timed that picture nice. Take the picture 2 seconds later. The picture wouldn't be that awesome.

Brock said...

Hahaha, wow, that's like a one in a million shot. Did the pilot survive?

Venus said...

that photographer was at the right place, at the right time :P

DocStout said...

Yikes. A few seconds earlier or later, and this gets missed. Talk about timing.

Biff Tanner said...

Wow this is an Epic photo.

cool_cicler said...

Damn.Icredible.

whatsup said...

One in a million photo there

G said...

wow....that is one crazy photo

Chuck said...

WOW! man that's insane.

Kaneda said...

holy **** this is one sick picture! oh my...

David said...

Wow. That picture is amazing.

Aureal said...

Whoa, that is nuts!

Team Panda said...

wow amazing picture, it makes me wonder about all the crazy things that happen that dont get photographed.

Necroticism said...

WHAT THE! that guy was filled with adrenaline at the moment, seems like he's flying.

Shutterbug said...

That is one awesome photo... timing is everything! :)

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

this is insane in the membrane

Quetopia said...

thanks for this!

KrillKrones said...

What amazing timing! Sweet photo!

Pago said...

That guy in the photo reminds me of that Jumpman game I used to be addicted to on Ebaumsworld back in the day.

Hmecey said...

Woah cool photo

Blk Jesus said...

wow thats an epic picture

Icepax_Nmir said...

Damn, that is amazing... well in a bad way...

Claude said...

Oh wow! Imagine how you'd feel if you missed that shot? Actually, imagine how you'd feel taking that shot!

J said...

wow what an amazing shot! i love it.

thenitefalls said...

wow this is one intense moment captured on film :D

AP0976 said...

Oh wow, that is a crazy action shot. These kinds of shots are when you are in the right place at the right time!

Sexy said...

Amazing shot! My only question is what was the photographer smoking to stand there and get the shot!

Malkavian said...

A LA VERGA KBRON NO MAMES!!! Sorry but i just had to swear in my own language.

jblogger45 said...

WOW

Jordan said...

That photo is pretty sick.

tango-down said...

awesome timing :)

trey LW said...

thats just.... wow...

DisposedCheese said...

That person is just leaping out of there so fast and high. This is incredible.

Andrew said...

Haha, im gonna spread that one around!

Minecraftblogger said...

I love the movement in this picture. It's beautiful.

las3R said...

Woahwoahwoah so did the guy jump out? If so, that's incredibly lucky o_O

Wumbo said...

That is such an incredible action shot! Both that guy and the photographer were really lucky that day!

skinned sheep said...

wow that picture is awesome

BrAd? said...

Woah, sucks to be that guy :/

ChicagoTaste said...

seems staged. oh well cool pic anyways

Lucifer said...

i like the flying guy :D

Jim said...

Talk about a perfect timing photo. Hopefully everyone was okay

Moob said...

woah!

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

this photo is insane in the membrane
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Internetttt said...

the guy in the middle is like "WEEEE!" haha kiddin.

pezasied said...

I really hope no one was in that car

Matti said...

Is that real? Amazing

Wink said...

Awesome picture. That's what I call perfectly timed :p

Yes! said...

God damnit, this blog is so awesome.
Niice.

NHM said...

wow, lucky bastard!

Alphabeta said...

Amazing shot.

Leizer said...

Perfect taming :o I can't even believe that someone can take such picture

ds said...

Real action shot! Lets just hope nobody ggot hurt.

YellowNiceTechno said...

ouch! Looks great!

Mike said...

Woah - What a shot!

Thanks for the share!

Questions said...

Good job that guy jumped out of the way. I'd love to know the story behind this picture.

triade said...

woah, what a shot!

The Beta Critic said...

I wonder if the pilot got out okay? Judging by the trajectory of the plane probably.

Jesper said...

amazing pic!

Whoog Tunes said...

wow amazing picture

Justin testing said...

I guess there isn't much to help out with when there's a plane coming towards someone. But still, just standing there in perfect composure and taking a foto :o

Something Concupiscible said...

I hope the guys isn't jumping off a cliff.

Electric Addict said...

action packed shot lol

john178 said...

crazy photo. hope that guy got away ok

Waywardly said...

This is insane! Man, what a shot. It was lucky of the shooter to get such a nice picture out of this.

Jordan said...

Wow, what a great picture.

80k said...

wow this is like a one in a million photo! thanks for blogging it cause I hadn't seen it yet.

OatmealStout said...

The timing is pretty impressive! Maybe the photographer planned it all along? :P

Issac said...

i guess it is good to carry a camara

Brut said...

Wild picture!

Azurikai said...

wow thats absolutely terrifying haha! good reactions on that guys part.

Lucky13 said...

wow those 2 guys are literally flying off their truck as a plane crashes into it.
Hope no serious injuries occur.

JUju said...

damn thats crazy!

Sam said...

What an amazing pic!

Dale said...

Wow, this photo is crazy! Thanks for updating they all made it out ok and safe.

:)
-Dale

TheHarvester said...

lol shoops da woops. the jumping dude has amazing reactions. neo spotted in real life.

Charles said...

insane pic, nice!

Big Unicorn said...

HOLY SHIIIIIIT!

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Spade said...

Haha, the photographer was lucky to get that shot

A Hermit said...

Wow that's insane

Trelin said...

That's pretty awesome, except for the truck and plane owners of course.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

I saw from your disclaimer towards the end that no one was hurt here, so that at least is good. That and I can laugh at the dude on the far left who looks like he's running in midair! Seriously though, I hope the pilot bought them a new truck things like that don't come easy in Guatemala...

Zeek said...

What a great shot! It's a bit of a shame it wasn't taken with a camera and lens from this day and age, but still an awesome shot nonetheless!

ExoticBlogger said...

wow that's insane!

GoGoGoViral said...

Awesome picture bro!

Adrian said...

crazy pic!

Lhosreiff said...

When he lands its gonna hurt...

izzfoshizzz said...

lol dippin out

Arcita said...

very awesome photo man

Wandering said...

thats insane. I hope no one was hurt but I feel as though thats rather naive

Slamcakes said...

Dude, whoa. How was that captured on film?

Anita Johnson said...

Oh wow you gotta be kidding... NIce photo!

Cayven said...

Wow! What picture! Thanks for sharing.

R. Cutts said...

that's a terrific picture.. always a good shot if it's a mid 'running-for-your-life" shot lol

kaboomix said...

Holy shit timing, wow haha. Great pic!

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Poetry of the Day said...

idk whats more amazing, the photo or the amount of comments, holy shit.
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meandmythinkingcap said...

bit scary...

akrater said...

Wonder how did they manage to take this photo, coincidence maybe.

amBored said...

wow that's crazy

PvtCarlin said...

This picture is so extreme!!

Dudemeister said...

That is fucking fantastic photography.

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

No matter how hard you try for the rest of your life you will never be in a photograph as awesome as that :P

jmacabroad said...

thanks for sharing.

consuela bananahammoc said...

He's running allright :)

Issac said...

sucks for the pilot

MuteMath Fan (& news junkie too!) said...

Talk about being at the right spot at the right time!

Colin B said...

poor plane and truck :(

fabio_2007 said...

that's so crazy

Rorschach Redemption said...

If this doesn't become an iconic image of the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" then I don't want to live in this world.

Tenko said...

Pilot: I've got your signal in sight, air traffic control. Coming in for a landing.

Driver: Ned, I told you to turn those damn fog lights off!

Parallel-Reality Hero said...

Wow. I *wouldn't* wanna be there, that's for sure!

N4M3L3SS said...

that dude shit his pants

Sam said...

Very very cool photo

AJ said...

Oh my. I feel so sorry for that pilot. :/

HaigoR said...

I bet it was planned out. Either that or he flipped off the pilot.

Endless said...

perfect timing hehe

Janez said...

Holy Sh*t how did the pilot manage that :O

Everyday Normal Guy said...

Amazing photo! Sucks to be that pilot.

Devon Davidson said...

What are the chances of a crash like that happening? o_o

Potholderz said...

This is insane, dude is lucky.

cowboy said...

wonder if he had collision insurance??

Meghan Moran said...

amazing. How in the world did they get a shot like that?

Mikael said...

Wow, just wow.

Mike said...

that is so sick! is this pic real? i wanna know the background behind this lol

Esun said...

I hope they both surrived..

Anna-Nelsey said...

Jeez-amazing photo though.

elexerdelex said...

I never get these chances...

Frustra Data said...

thats my "oh snap" of the day!

Reilly said...

lold, that's genius xd

Lemmiwinks said...

damn impressive

schultzz said...

damn, that looks like a pretty hard crash.

Kboy71 said...

Wow thats a once in a life time picture!

Roysizzle said...

LOL. That's fucking sick bro. But I laughed, don't know why.

Random Stormtrooper said...

Nice photo snap :D

Kingmush said...

Seen this picture, truly amazing..

ChefJRH said...

Its amazing that everyone got away safely.

Inhia said...

SORRY GUYS - terribad moment >.<
Didn't see it posted before thx for sharing

Josh said...

That's so wild!

=dgrphx= said...

daaaaaaamn thats crazy look at them people fly

Jellybro said...

dat near-death experience

Gino6 said...

Ho I know what you mean by reel photo ! I'll follow !

rinns said...

wow! Perfect timing!

Wolle said...

haha nice shot

Billl Righteous said...

Rofl at the kid jumping, "peace out bitches"

Ray Rousell said...

That's a great photo.

HiFi said...

That is incredible. Spot on with the timing.

Nate said...

wow amazing pic

Ill said...

absolutely insane..

SvenghaliMC said...

quite the amazing photo, thanks for the post :)

treadus said...

bahahaha that guy is so intense. It looks like he's running in the middle of the air.

pixel said...

hard to believe that no one died in that mess

BM said...

amazing foto, taken as he just flys along

Long_Ding said...

Wow, what are the chances of catching that! Very cool picture. The guy in mid air made me chuckle.

C Mo Gunz said...

WOW! thats absolutely insane! i can't believe that guy got away! sweet post!

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