Few moments put into perspective the insanity that is commercial flight like hitting turbulence. Every bump translates into thoughts of "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!" Though when it subsides, you realize you're way more likely to die from eating peanuts -- or touching your face after using the bathroom.
But the potential for crashing -- that's what puts the fear of God into people. And these close calls will remind you of that. You won't find any actual death and disaster here -- just real life near-misses that'll shake you into thanking your lucky stars and garters.
Plane bites it on the beach
St. Barths, French Caribbean
The Gustaf III Airport in St. Barths is notoriously dangerous, with a teeny runway of about 2,100ft that plunges directly towards St. Jean's beach – a sunbathing favorite. Thankfully, no sunbathers were injured in the filming of this crash -- but to say the pilot stuck the landing on this approach is understating the facts by a mile. He bit the sand... HARD.
If planes could talk (that sounds like a terrible Lifetime movie), you could imagine this Sky Team plane saying, "Doot doo doot doot doo..." as it crawls along the runway at a glacial pace. And then the descending plane would scream "WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU DOING ON THE RUNWAY?!?" right before it aborts its landing.