Unreal Photos Taken Before the Most Tragic Moments in History

#1: Concorde Air France Flight 4590

Air France Flight 4590 took off on July 25, 2000 on a trip from Paris to New York. However, tragedy struck on the runway when the plane encountered debris during takeoff which ended up puncturing a fuel tank. One engine burst into flames and the plane crashed into a nearby hotel just moments later. All 100 passengers along with 9 crew members were killed. Four more people on the ground were killed in the ensuing crash.


#2: Dave Sanders – Hero of Columbine

On April 20, 1999 one of the worst school shooting massacres in history took place at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Ultimately, 12 students and 1 teacher were killed in the shooting. However, if it wasn’t for the heroic actions of teacher Dave Sanders warning the students to run, it’s estimated that at least dozens more would have been killed.


#3: John Lennon

Legendary Beatles lead singer and front man, John Lennon, is pictured above signing autographs for fans just outside his Manhattan apartment. The man behind him – Mark David Chapman – would shoot and kill him just 10 minutes after this photo was taken.


#4: Robin Williams

Not long after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia, famed actor and comedian Robin Williams tragically hung himself in his own home. He is seen here posing with a fan just days before tragedy struck.


#5: Patrick Swayze

Famous actor and Hollywood heartthrob was tragically diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008. Despite heroically battling the disease and receiving a number of experimental treatments, he eventually succumbed in September 2009.


#6: Bear Attacks Group of Hikers in New Jersey

In September, 2014 a 300-pound black bear approached a group of 5 hikers in West Milford, New Jersey. The group was forced to split up to escape the bear, but eventually caught up and killed one of the hikers – Darsh Patel. This photo was recovered from Patel’s found which was found near his body after the attack.


#7: Lambert Tragedy – 1943

In 1943, the Mayor of St. Louis – William Dee Becker – along with nine fellow politicians tragically died when the military glider that was transporting them malfunctioned and ultimately crashed. Investigators discovered that a single bolt had loosened and caused one of the glider wings to fall off.


#8: The Titanic

The photo above was the last known picture taken of the Titanic on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic before it struck an iceberg and tragically sunk in icy waters. Over 1,500 of the 2,224 went down with the ship on that fateful day – April 14, 1912.


#9: Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182

On September 25, 1978, tragedy struck Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 in the skies above San Diego, California. The passenger plane collided in mid-air with a small Cessna aircraft, killing all 135 passengers and crew on board, along with 2 passengers on the Cessna and 7 bystanders on the ground.


#10: Paul Walker Crash

Famous actor and star of the Fast and Furious film series, Paul Walker, tragically died when he crashed his Porsche Carrera GT. He is shown with his beloved race car in the picture above; the same one he would die in later that day.


#11: Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls is pictured here with producer, rapper and record label owner Puff Daddy. This is the last known photo showing the rapper alive, as he was shot to death outside a nightclub just hours later.


#12: Rhode Island Nightclub Fire – 2003

During a performance by the rock band Great White at a Rhode Island Nightclub, a pyrotechnic display inadvertently set fire to flammable sound insulation foam. The fire spread quickly and tragically killed 100 people that night. In this photo, you can see the guitarist in the background start to notice the rapidly spreading flames as they begin to engulf the stage.


#13: Deadly Niagara Falls Jump

39-year old Robert Overacker decided to perform a stunt over Niagara Falls in Canada to help raise awareness for the homeless. He was to ride his jet ski down the falls and use a parachute to safely land him in the waters below. However, tragedy struck when his parachute failed to deploy and Overacker ultimately plunged to his death.


#14: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

While traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down near the Russia-Ukraine border. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board the flight were killed. This photo of a mother and her daughter was taken during the flight before it was shot down.


#15: George Mallory & Sandy Irvine – Mt. Everest Explorers

Above is the last known photograph of explorers George Mallory and Sandy Irvine as they attempt to ascend Mt. Everest in 1924. They were last seen near the North Ridge and were trying to become to first to reach the summit, but never made it. The feat wouldn’t ultimately be accomplished until 1953.


#16: September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001 tragedy struck the United States as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, making for the deadliest terror attack on American soil. This photo depicts the second plane crashing into one of the towers just moments before impact.


#17: James Dean’s Last Picture

Hollywood hunk and famous actor, James Dean, tragically died way too young when he crashed his Porsche in 1955. He is seen above with his beloved Porsche just days before the fateful crash that claimed his life.


#18: Johnny Cash’s Final Performance

Famous musician and self-proclaimed bad ass Johnny Cash is pictured above delivering what we would be his final performance on stage. Just a few short months after this performance at The Carter Ranch in Hiltons, VA, Cash succumbed to complications from diabetes and died on September 12, 2003.


#19: Japan Air Flight 123

Japan Airlines Flight 123 suffered an explosive decompression incident just 12 minutes into its flight on August 12, 1985. The plane remained in air for another 32 minutes after the incident, but ultimately crashed into Mount Takamagahara. Of the 509 passengers and 15 crew members, 4 passengers miraculously survived the crash.


#20: Hot Air Balloon Disaster

Back in 2012, a hot-air balloon on a sight seeing tour in Carterton New Zealand struck a series of power lines which caused it to catch fire and ultimately go down in a ball of flames. All 11 people on board were killed, making it the 3rd deadliest hot air balloon crash on record.


#21: 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team

The 1961 U.S. Figure Skating team was traveling by plane to compete in the World Championship in Belgium, but tragedy struck when the plane attempted to land. On February 15, 1961, the plane crashed in Brussels airport while attempting to land, killing all 72 passengers on board and 1 bystander on the ground.


#22: Ebola Outbreak – 1976

The first outbreak of Ebola occurred in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It would end up infecting 318 people and killing 280 of them, accounting for an extremely deadly 88% mortality rate. Nurse Mayinga N’Seka is shown above treating Ebola victims; she would tragically become infected and ultimately killed by the virus.