This Scary First-Person View From A Plane Crash Will Make You Never Want To Fly Again

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Hearing about a small plane crash is nothing new. Having the crash on video is a bit rarer. But having two angles of the crash video from inside the plane? That's extremely rare and gives insight into why these types of crashes happen so frequently.

Here are two views from the same recent small plane crash in Idaho.

WARNING: The aftermath of the crash is fairly graphic, though everyone made it out with their lives.

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This small plane crash occurred when a group of tired hikers decided to fly back to their base after a long day. Soon after takeoff, they hit an air pocket that forced them to lose altitude and hit the trees. Here's the explanation from their YouTube page:

This is unprecedented footage of a small airplane crash from inside the cockpit from two different views. Miraculously, everyone survived. The pilot will make a full recovery and the rest of us escaped with superficial injuries and feel very lucky to be alive . This trip was much anticipated and due to our excitement we had our Gopro cameras filming at various times.

After flying up into the mountains for a hike in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness we were planning on flying to a small mountain town for dinner. Due to warming temperatures we had a hard time gaining altitude. After taking off we hit an air pocket that made us rapidly loose altitude, pushing us down into the trees. The cameras were left on for a couple of hours during the aftermath. Thank you to all the many individuals who eventually came to our aid and took the time and effort to help in any way they could. We appreciate you more than you know.

Everyone survived. The pilot is pretty seriously hurt but will make a full recovery. If you have a weak stomach, get ready for some blood.

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(Hat Tip to Greg!)

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DISCUSSION

What was up with that?

Hot and high conditions, I'm guessing. Low horsepower aircraft. Overloaded? Seemed to stay in ground effect a long time... or try to. At least one bounce after initially taking off. Never gained much altitude. Almost looked like he wanted to skim along the treetops, perhaps to give the passengers a good thrill.

I always was of the general idea that being close to the ground was dangerous. If airborne, climb, and get some room. Air above you does no good. Nor does fuel left behind at the airport, to finish the paraphrased cliche.