The Real-Life Version Of Lost's Airplane Freakery

Need a bizarre airplane moment while you wait for the next episode of Lost? Tumblr blog "5 Minutes Before The Crash" documents the horror, surrealism, and insanity of airport life. You won't be able to look away.

I've culled a few of the most terrifying images here, but there are also plenty of whimsical and just plain silly airport moments here too: People wearing their lucky all-red outfits to fly in, or engaging in weird exercises in the corners of waiting lounges. I really want the back story on the image of the jet engine with its skin torn off. I don't think it's supposed to do that . . .

via 5 Minutes Before The Crash (thanks, Jason Burns!)

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starlionblue
Starlionblue

It's funny how when most people see the first pic they freak out. Here are some points to consider:

1. Most importantly, the plane made it back safely and landed normally. The cowling that came off is just that, a cowling. It has no structural function. It simply gives an aerodynamic shape to the nacelle plus protects the components inside from the elements.

2. The reason this one (and others) came off, is because they were not properly fastened. Following the incidents, the engine manufacturer redesigned the latches so that they would stick out when not locked, giving a clear indication. This is just one example of continuous safety improvements in aviation.

3. Aircraft are designed to handle failures, even multiple ones, and still land safely.

4. Aircraft fly with stuff broken all the time. Depending on what the part is, this is allowed. This does not make for an unsafe flight. It means planes can handle a lot. This pic does not detail such a case though.