Watch a plane crash from inside the cockpit

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 13, 2012

This is a view of a small plane crashing into some trees from inside the cockpit (two of the passengers were filming with GoPro cameras). Although everyone survived, the pilot got pretty banged and bloodied so viewer beware.

After flying up into the mountains for a morning 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 there was an increase in density altitude and we had a hard time getting adequate lift. After taking off we hit an air pocket that made us rapidly loose altitude, pushing us down into the trees.

The plane just takes an amazingly long time to get off the ground...shouldn't that have been a clue to the pilot that something wasn't right? But the most fascinating part of the video is after the crash and they find the camera again and start filming themselves and each other...it's just surreal, especially the part where one of them checks the pilot. (via ★mouser)