Up in the Air
I was ten minutes into a three-hour flight and seated in the back row next to the toilet. There was a huge bang, the lights in the cabin flickered and dimmed, the plane wobbled hard in the air, I could smell smoke instantly, and a near-deafening bad engine sound started up. I looked over at the flight attendant who was still strapped to the fold-down seat right next to me. She has a look of pure terror on her face. That’s when I knew I was going to die.
I was profoundly pissed off. I thought ‘F**k – this is how I go – now?!’ I thought about all of the c**p I made it through in life and really regretted that I wouldn’t get to continue that progress. I was mad that I was going to die when travelling for work. I thought about trying to text the people I love, but didn’t want to mess with the navigation systems of the plane in case there was some way we could survive.
We had lost an engine because we struck a goose. The plane turned around and returned to the airport easily and safely, as we still had three of four engines. (graxley2000)
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
I was in Tokyo on the metro, in a long tunnel. My phone and everyone else’s phone in the car went off at full volume; it was the earthquake warning system.
9.1 MAGNITUDE QUAKE. COMING IN 13 SECONDS.
PROTECT YOUR HEAD.
There wasn’t any time. The train bounded forward, suddenly at full power, apparently in an effort to escape the tunnel and give us a sliver of hope. No one in the car said a word. I thought “Huh. this is really going to be something.” I knew that even if I survived the initial shock, I’d be trapped in a tunnel. If we’d gotten out, I’d die eventually anyway just by being surrounded by flooded, razed megacity.
It was a false alarm. The system had never misfired before that day. A 9.1 earthquake under Tokyo Bay would have decimated the city first and then washed away the loose ends with a series of aftershocks and Tsunamis. (Lumpiest_Princess)
“Man I’m so stupid”
Trying to save a drowning woman. She was big and panicking so she was pushing me down trying to keep herself above water. After struggling for quite a while I started to go under the water. All I thought about was my three young kids at home aren’t going to have a dad and I feel so foolish trying to save this lady. Weirdest feeling. I swam to the surface and we made one last push for the shore. Someone caught us halfway back, we both made it and I laid on the shore and vomited. (scherz)