Friday afternoon, at about 1:40 pm EST, a passenger jet flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from radar screens and lost radio contact with air traffic control. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was scheduled to land four hours later, was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members.
New footage from last July's Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco shows that firefighters and first responders saw Ye Meng Yuan's body before it was run over by an emergency response vehicle, disputing earlier claims that the 16-year-old had been covered with firefighting foam when she was struck.
A large UPS cargo plane crashed early this morning in a field close to Birmingham, killing its pilot and co-pilot. The Airbus A300 was en route to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport from Louisville, Kentucky, when it crashed around 6 a.m, just half a mile from the runway. The impact reportedly caused two explosions, with debris scattered in a wide range around the site. Local police report that no homes were affected by the crash.
The driver of the train that collided into a wall last Wednesday in Spain, killing 79 people, was on the phone and reading a document at the time of the impact. The train swerved off the track while it was traveling at 95 miles per hour, which is nearly twice the 50 mph speed limit. The train's driver had previously bragged on Facebook about speeding the train up to 120 mph.
For the first time, authorities have linked excessive texting to a deadly aircraft crash. In August 2011, James Freudenberg was piloting a LifeNet medical helicopter carrying a patient and two nurses when the craft ran out of gas and crashed, killing all on board. Authorities at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board say that, the day of the crash, Freudenberg exchanged over 240 texts with a colleague, including many sent as he was prepping the helicopter for take-off and several as he was flying.
Watch this video of a truck full of cows crashing and rolling over in front of oncoming traffic. See how the cows tumble over each other and then quickly get back up? Watch it again. See how the cows try to act all cool and nonchalant? "Nothing to see here," say the cows. "Keep walking."
Everyone who didn't drop web hosting company GoDaddy during one of its many scandals—The sexist ads, the elephant-killing CEO, its support of SOPA—probably wishes they did now. GoDaddy's DNS service, which makes web addresses legible to humans, has crashed hard. Millions of websites are offline. It's a shame so many innocent people rely on GoDaddy to run their websites because otherwise we'd have no qualms about celebrating something that would make GoDaddy's uniquely hateable CEO Bob Parson's day a little less pleasant.
While Australian TV news journalist Alison Ariotti reports from "the frontlines" of Perth or whatever, a black car rams right into the back of a red car and ha, the person who owns the red car will probably be surprised when they watch the news, eh? Focused Alison doesn't let the crash interrupt her reporting in any discernible way—she just keeps on talking about "the impressive crowds" of English people who are doing something somewhere that maybe involves tombstones. "Curiosity made me want to turn around but professionalism told me to just keep talking," she says. [YouTube]
Here's a 78-foot shelving unit suddenly becoming detached from its anchoring wall and causing 6,810 bottles of wine and champagne to crash to the floor—producing a blood-red flood of broken glass and squandered hangover opportunities. Reps from Superior Discount Liquors of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, which hosted this disaster, told the Sheboygan Press that they aren't sure what caused the shelf to collapse all of a sudden, but the fact that the shelf was 31 years old might have something to do with it. That, or a tee-totaling ghost threw a hissy fit. Store staffers only needed a day to clean everything up and didn't even have to close up shop, because they're superior in efficiency.
A Phoenix man became trapped inside his SUV on Thursday after he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over and strike a utility pole. In the process, the driver rear-ended another vehicle driven by a man named George Lindell, who later described the events to local Fox affiliate KSAZ-TV in this amazing interview that you must watch immediately. After all, "Reality hits you hard, bro." [MyFoxPhoenix; Thanks to Mike Byhoff for the tip]
A horde of foamy-mouthed "frugalistas" took down the website of corporate megalith Target for several hours this morning, when Italian knitwear brand Missoni launched its 400-piece "Missoni for Target" collection. I won't lie, I am not above this. I, too, visited Target.com this morning, seeking a pair of zig-zag patterened shoes I saw in the Missoni for Target lookbook. My greed for reasonably priced footwear crashed Target.com.
CNN got its hands on new (or newly-public) video of the aftermath of the crash of United 93—the 9/11 hijackings' fourth plane, which crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers revolted against the hijackers. It's apparently the first video that the public has seen of the aftermath of the crash; you can't see much—not that you'd want to—but the narration of the anonymous videographer is riveting in its own way. [via Mediaite]