Largest Human Disasters
RAMSTEIN AIRSHOW DISASTER
During the airshow the aircraft were performing a stunt called the pierced heart in which several aircraft fly upward creating the shape of a heart and an aircraft flies through thus piercing the heart. During the maneuver the aircraft creating the heart didn't fly high enough and far enough apart and the piercing aircraft flew straight through two aircraft in the heart formation.
Immediately after the in air collision the piercing aircraft hit the runway and plowed into the spectating crowd sending flying wreckage and a burning fireball of fuel from the fuselage. One of the two aircraft hit in the heart formation went spiralling out of the sky and stuck a medical helicopter which was also destroyed. The pilot of this aircraft had ejected but collided with the pavement dying instantly. The other aircraft that was hit in the heart formation disintegrated sending even more wreckage into the crowd.
An Indian industrial accident occurred when in 1984 at Union Carbide India Limited an accidental leak of Methyl Isocyanate gas killed 16,000 people. Known as the largest industrial disaster in modern history.
In 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear plant had a meltdown and eventually ended in the death of more than 4,000 people. Chernobyl would have far reaching effects causing birth defects in women becoming pregnant for years after the incident.
THE GREAT SMOG
In 1952 a large cloud of smog formed throughout London and lasted for days becoming so dense that it ended up causing the death of over 4,000 people due to respiratory tract failure.
THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
In September 2001 in New York City two jets piloted by Afghan terrorists dove the hijacked aircraft into the twin towers of the World Trade Center causing the deaths of 2,753 people. The event now marked on the american calender and remembered to this day as September 11th.
CHURCH OF THE COMPANY FIRE
A large Cathedral/Church in downtown Santiago Chile which at the time was filled with thousands caught fire when a veil accidentally ignited from a gas lamp. The fire quickly lit the other veils adorning the walls. As people scrambled to get out of the building so many were trampled that it created a wall of dead bodies trapping people inside. Eventually the building collapsed in on itself killing the remaining survivors. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people died.
QUEEN OF THE SEA RAIL DISASTER
When a crowded passenger train was hit by a wave caused by a tsunami killing over 1700 people and becoming the biggest rail disaster in history.