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Halloween, occasionally called witches night, is a custom thought to have originated in Ireland, which has spread to other countries, gaining immense popularity on the way.

The level and importance of the celebration differs from place to place, but you can be certain no matter which country you’re in, you’ll be able to finding Halloween events.

Celebrated on the 31st of October, while it is particularly popular with children, as they go trick or treating, dressed up as everything from ghosts and ghouls to their favorite movie stars, there is an eerie and somewhat sinister following to the day and many choose to celebrate it in areas and ways where they can take in the mysticism and haunted folklore.

And if you’re looking for somewhere to do just that this Halloween, take a look at five particularly suitable locations around the world.

1.  Whitby, UK

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This small, picturesque fishing port can be found on the north east coast of England, but behind the picture postcard façade there lies many a haunting story.

The old narrow, winding streets with dark, cobbled alleys atmospherically take you back centuries to a time of candlelight and locked doors, with every route seemingly taking you to famed 199 steps.

Leading you to the parish church of St Mary with its ancient graveyard and the hauntingly beautiful remains of Whitby Abbey, which is said to be the final resting place of Dracula.

2.  Salem, Massachusetts, USA

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The place that is synonymous with the witch trials between 1692 and 1693, that accused over 200 people of what was known as the devils magic and occurred between, it was all brought about by the strange, inexplicable behavior of 2 young girls, the daughter and niece of the village minister, Rev Samuel Parris.

The practicing Christians of the time were so afraid that they believed that the devil could make certain people – the witches – have the power to harm others as a reward for their loyalty. By the time the hysteria subsided, over 20 of these so called witches had died, with 19 of them being hanged on Gallows Hill in the town.

3.  Castle Dracula, Romania

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This castle, which is actually called Bran Castle, is built on a hilltop on the Transylvanian border and is today a national monument. It is thought to have been visited by Vlad III, Prince of Wallachi, who was the prince better known as Vlad The Impaler on account of his penchant for impaling his enemies, whether young, old, male or female.

The total number of people that he killed in this horrendous way during his reign is thought to be around 10,000 and it is believed that this less than charming character, whose patronymic name is, son of Dracul, was the inspiration for Count Dracula.

4.  Catacombs of Paris, France

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These mass tombs, laying under the streets of the beautiful city of Paris, first became mass burial places during the latter part of the 18th century. Some of the first remains to be moved there came from the cemetery of Saint-Nicholas-des-champs and the process carried on for many a year.

The network of underground tunnels lined with human skulls and bones is believed to extend more than 300 kilometers, although official public entrance to them is restricted.

There are, however, still secret entrances via the sewers and a few particular manholes scattered across the city.

5.  Haddonfield, Illinois, USA

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For any lover of horror films, this place will be instantly familiar – it’s the setting of the famous Halloween film.

The home town of a young boy who, at the age of six, murders his 15 year old sister with a kitchen knife and is locked up in a psychiatric hospital.

After 15 years, the boy escaped, stole a car and returned to wreak havoc amongst the younger generation of the town, closely followed by his doctor.

Dressed in a dark jumpsuit and wearing a white mask while stalking his victims who are totally unaware of his presence, after killing several people, he is finally shot by his doctor and falls from the second floor window.

Except, there was no body to be found.

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Dreams are a mystery for most people, leaving us with tons of questions. Why do we dream? What do our dreams mean? Why don’t we always remember our dreams?  Yes, dreams are very strange, but through much research, scientists have discovered several unexpected facts about dreams. Are you ready to have your mind blown? Then check out the following facts about dreams that you likely never knew.

1. You Have Several Dreams Per Night But Don’t Remember Them

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If you’re like most people, you probably wake up remembering only one dream–if that. But truth be told, you likely have an average of 4 to 7 dreams each night. That adds up to about 100,000 dreams–or six years of dreaming–in your lifetime.

Here’s the thing: you’ll wake up forgetting 95 percent of your dreams, says dream researcher J. Allen Hobson. And if you think you’re one of those people who just doesn’t dream, you’re kidding  yourself. Everybody dreams, including babies and animals. Some people are just better at remembering their dreams than others are.

2. Actually…Some People Don’t Dream

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Scratch what I just said. Pretty much everyone dreams. However, in rare cases some people with serious psychological disorders won’t ever dream. At least that’s the theory.

Dr. Patrick McNarama has another theory. When measuring sleep patterns, everyone enters into REM sleep, the stage where dreaming occurs. It’s thought that people with personality and psychological disorders may not actually dream, but Dr. McNarama says these people may just be awful at remembering their dreams or are simply flat-out liars.

3. Blind People Dream, Too

Most of us see our dreams through images, but dreams can be equally vivid through our other senses. Instead of dreaming in pictures, people who were born blind dream through other stimulating experiences like sound, touch, and smell. People who were born with vision and became blind later in life can still experience visual dreams.

4. You Never Invent a Face in Your Dreams

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Have you ever had a dream starring a mysterious man or woman who you’re sure you’ve never met? Chances are you’ve seen his or her face before. In fact, I’m sure of it. When we see faces in our dreams, we draw on those that we already know instead of inventing new ones. Since you’ve likely seen thousands of faces before, you have a virtually endless supply of faces to choose from to put to the characters in your dreams.

If the face seems new, it’s probably someone you passed on the street but don’t remember. And those times when you have really weird dreams about someone you’re close to? Your mind is simply applying that face to the character in your dream.

5. There’s a Correlation Between TV Color and Dreams

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Back in the early 1900’s, studies showed that most people dreamed in back and white. When color TV became popular, more people reported dreaming in color. One study looked at this correlation and found that people who grew up watching black and white television dream in monochrome more often than those raised watching color television.

Today, individuals over 55 who grew up with monochrome televisions dream in black and white about a quarter of the time. People in the same age group who had color TV only dream in black and white about 8 percent of the time. And individuals under 25 who grew up almost exclusively watching color TV only dream in black and white 4.4 percent of the time.

6. You Can Train Your Mind to Control Nightmares

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Have you ever experienced a lucid dream, one where you knew you were dreaming and could control the outcomes? Turns out you can actually teach yourself to do that, says dream researcher Kelly Bulkeley. This is an especially helpful tool when you experience reoccurring nightmares.

Dr. Bulkeley says that you can give yourself a pep talk before going to bed, reminding yourself that it’s just a dream. If you tell yourself that you’ll remember you’re dreaming before you enter the dream, you have a better chance of recognizing the dream and controlling it, much like the characters in Inception trained themselves to do. In fact, there are groups of people who practice techniques to become lucid dreamers.

7. People Commonly Dream About Negative Emotions

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Calvin S. Hall collected over 50,000 dream reports at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1900’s. Part of his findings showed that people more often dream about negative emotions than positive ones. The most common emotion: anxiety. His findings also showed that people often dream about misfortune over good fortune and aggression rather than friendliness.

8. Brain Activity Spikes While Dreaming

You would think that your brain activity decreases when you’re asleep. After all, people look so peaceful when they’re dreaming, right? Turns out your brain is actually more active when you’re dreaming than when you’re awake.

9. Men and Women Dream Differently

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When it comes to the way men and women dream, there’s actually a divide in the types of characters they dream about. When men dream, their characters are on average 70 percent men. Women dream equally about both genders. While there’s a difference there, there’s not a difference when it comes to sexual dreams as you might expect. Men and women both dream about sexual themes equally often–and both can have wet dreams.

10. You’re Paralyzed When Dreaming

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Most of the time people enter into a paralyzed state when dreaming. This keeps you from acting out your dreams. In some cases, this state of sleep paralysis can go wrong. Some people may wake up unable to move for several minutes, and others don’t always enter a paralyzed state and will move their body in the same motions they’re performing in their dream.

11. People Can Experience “False Awakening”

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When you wake up from a dream, that’s usually it. It’s over. But sometimes people feel they’ve awakened from a dream when they’re actually still dreaming. Instead of waking up, they’ve simply entered into another vivid dream. This phenomenon is called “false awakening.”

Think these dream facts are weird? Tell us in the comment section which one shocked you most.

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Scientology is a religion created by L. Ron Hubbard, who was a science fiction writer beginning in 1952.  Since then it has garnered a large following.  In recent years it has become more well-known due to popular celebrity members having been publicized as being a part of it.  The following are some of the more well-known celebrity members.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise has been in the news and tabloids more often than any other celebrity recently for his connections to Scientology and its effects on his family life.  Most recently it was mentioned as a possible cause of Katie Holmes divorcing him as she supposedly didn’t want her daughter with him to be raised within the religion.  He started following Scientology sometime during his marriage to his first wife, Mimi Rogers, who introduced him to it.

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John Travolta

John Travolta has been a member of Scientology since 1975 when he converted to it from being Roman Catholic.

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Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright is well known for voicing Bart Simpson on the animated show The Simpsons.  She started following Scientology in the late 1990s.  She was depressed and lonely and thought going to a church would help her meet somebody.  When she started reading the works of L. Ron Hubbard she wanted to stop feeling depressed and felt that he was talking to her.

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Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman started Scientology in the 1980s when she was introduced to it by her now husband Bohdi Elfman.  She has been widely criticized for some of her statements stemming from her belief in Scientology, such as AIDS being a state of mind and not a disease.

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Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley has been a member of the Church of Scientology since 1979.  She went through a drug treatment program affiliated with the church to help her get off of her cocaine addiction.  She’s most known for her role in the tv series Cheers and the Look Who’s Talking movies.

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Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell is known for her role on the TV series JAG and The Good Witch movie series on Hallmark channel.  She’s played in various other shows and movies in minor roles.  She was raised Roman Catholic, but converted to Scientology and has helped promote several causes Scientology supports, such as the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project and the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

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Beck Hansen

Beck is the stage name for Bek Campbell, who is an American musician, singer-songwriter.  He was raised in Scientology by his father.  His wife is also a second generation Scientologist.  He is big on supporting for humanitarian causes that Scientology works for, such as education and drug rehabilitation.

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Jason Lee

Jason Lee is an American actor and comedian.  He’s known for his television series My Name is Earl.  His involvement in Scientology has led to the divorce from his ex-wife, Carmen Llywelyn.  She felt that the Church was too invasive in her personal life and didn’t want to be a part of it.

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Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon is an American actress, most known for her role in That 70s Show. She has also voiced characters on American Dad! and King of the Hill.  She has admitted to being a Scientologist.  Recently there has been speculation that she is leaving her role in Orange is the New Black because of the church’s feelings on homosexuality.

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Marisol Nichols

Marisol is an American actress known for her role in the show 24.  She has also appeared in Due South and Beverly Hills 90210.  She is a Scientologist and was introduced to it by her chiropractor.

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You can see many celebrities are members of the Church of Scientology.  Some are more public about it than others.  Many have their personal lives affected by it in negative ways, and others have been affected in positive ways as it has helped some though difficult times.  Who else do you know is a member of the Church of Scientology?  How has it affected their lives? Tell us about it in the comments.

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With the high costs of college you may think only serious academics are taking place. But that does not always seem to be the case. Many courses use pop culture and other interests of students to keep them focused. Though these classes may sound bizarre, students can gleam a lot of important information from them.

Here are ten crazy courses available at colleges.

1.  GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender and Identity

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Lady Gaga not only became a big hit in the music scene but also in the classroom. This course offered by the University of Virginia is one of many Lady Gaga themed classes available at colleges across the U.S. This particular course is an argumentative essay writing class that explores the way social boundaries have been pushed by Lady Gaga.

2. What if Harry Potter Is Real?

This may sound more like a game for elementary students but in fact it is a college course offered by Appalachian State University. It is a first year seminar course that uses Harry Potter to look into the nature of history. Much of the course examines sociological issues through the novels and the reactions to them by people in the real world.

3. The Chemistry of Beer

Chemistry can be a difficult subject to teach, especially when it comes to getting students to connect to the topic. West Chester University in Pennsylvania offers this class which combines chemistry with one of college students’ favorite subjects. One of the goals of this course was to attract non-science majors to a chemistry course and it has been working, especially after word of the field trips to breweries got out.

4. How to Win a Beauty Pageant

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If you somehow made it all the way to college without learning this vital information, Oberlin College in Ohio has a course to help you out. Really this course looks into the interplay of gender, race, class, and sexuality throughout US history by analyzing beauty pageants. It also offers students an introduction into methods for cultural studies and includes a field trip to a beauty pageant.

5. How to Rule the World

After winning your beauty pageant you may want to take this course from Bowdoin College to know what to do next. This is a first year seminar course that explores what makes a great leader by examining powerful rulers throughout history. It uses readings by Lincoln, Plato, Shakespeare, and Machiavelli among others to illustrate the topic.

6. D’oh! Psychology and The Simpsons

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For many years The Simpsons has been one of the most popular television programs in the U.S. That is probably why it has been combined with psychology to form a class at Gettysburg College. It explores psychological processes at work in the show including bullying, narcissism and altruism. Learning can be much more fun when it involves watching television.

7. Philosophy and Star Trek

Another television show that is popular in college courses is Star Trek. Philosophical conflicts were a major part of the program so why not learn about philosophy through it? Georgetown University offers this class which explores metaphysics through episodes of Star Trek and writings by philosophers. Many of the topics covered have to do with the difficult questions the human race may face in the future.

8. How to Watch Television

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Before taking a course involving The Simpsons or Star Trek you may want to attend this one at Montclair State University. Watching T.V. may not seem difficult but you can get some tips from this elective in the Broadcasting Major. It teaches students to analyze television and the role it plays in their lives and in culture.

9. Sport for the Spectator

Watching sports is another thing that, like watching television, you may not have realized a course was needed for. Ohio State offers this class which may not be surprising considering the love of football at that school. Students who are not familiar or maybe just not a fan of U.S. sports can get an introduction in this class. The goal is to develop an appreciation for sports as a spectacle and identify the issues which affect the sports and spectators. International students may want to take this course to help learn about US culture and fit in.

10. Tree Climbing

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You may have thought most of your tree climbing days were behind you by the time you got to college, but that does not have to be the case at Cornell University. One class among their many outdoor activities is tree climbing. It is not as straightforward as you imagine. The class actually teaches students how to uses ropes and rigging to climb enormous trees safely, even spending the night in a tree in some cases. Besides the student version, Cornell also offers tree climbing classes to the public.

Would you be interested in taking any of these classes? Do you think it is okay for schools to offer courses that seem more fun than serious? Have you taken any crazy courses before?

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April Fools’ Day is a hoot for many yet often a tragedy for prank victims. It’s no secret that April Fools’ pranks can get out of hand, but what happens when tech companies promise a revolutionary product they can’t deliver only to have customers pleading for the actual product?

That answer is simple. The internet goes into an uproar begging for these products that don’t actually exist. Want to see what product ideas you’re missing out on? Check out some of these tech pranks of 2014 that consumers wish were real.

1. Google’s “Pokémon Master” Challenge

If real, Google’s Pokémon challenge would have adventure seekers and Pokémon fans alike going crazy. This wildly ingenious idea would allow individuals to literally search the world for Pokémon using the Google Maps app. Hidden within the imaginary game is virtual Pokémon, but to capture them, you have to actually make your way to their location on the map.

The neat part about this prank is that people could actually use Google Maps on April 1 to play a short Pokémon game by clicking various Pokémon at different locations. While not as elaborate as the ad made it sound, Google was smart to back up their joke with something. Unfortunately, it was a one-day opportunity and the game is no longer available to play.

2. ThinkGeek’s Flux Capacitor USB Charger

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Seriously, why is this not a thing? ThinkGeek had enough people going along with their fun idea of a flux capacitor USB charger. Their sales page even makes the product seem viable. That is, until you decide to “Buy Now.” The thing is that this idea is totally doable, and Back to the Future fans are dying for it. If ThinkGeek decides to actually release the charger, just make sure not to hit speeds over 88 mph while it’s plugged in.

3. Sphero SelfieBot

For the Millennial in all of us intent on the selfie, SelfieBot would take your selfies to the next level. This floating hands-free device is “Always watching for life’s precious moments” and transforms your awkward selfies into stunning captures. What happens to those precious moments your friends are missing out on because your hands are busy? SelfieBot solves that issue by following you around and taking photos for you when you pose. Who knows? One day the selfie drone may become a reality.

4. Samsung’s Fly-Fi

Okay, so maybe it’s not a good idea to use pigeons to spread Wi-Fi across the globe, but you have to admit that the idea of having Wi-Fi stronger and more accessible than ever is certainly an idea most of us could live with. Then again, pigeons have been used to carry messages for thousands of years—not to mention that no animals were harmed in the making of the video—so who’s to say the pigeons wouldn’t care and that this could be a successful way to make wireless Internet available to all?

5. Razor’s Eidolon Wearable Drone System

Video game lovers everywhere are cursing Razor for this prank and for not making the wearable drone a real thing. If real, this system would let you see the world like you would in a video game, allowing you to live your life from a third-person perspective. You’d be able to see around corners at a distance, expand your area of view, and even get a good look at how other people view you. Want to see your life from a dramatic cinematic angle? Eidolon would let you do that, creating an astounding experience.

6. ThinkGeek’s Rosetta Stone: Klingon

Star Trek fans across the globe are wishing this product was real. In reality, Rosetta Stone is a successful program that helps people learn new languages quickly. One can only imagine how difficult it is to learn Klingon on your own. But with ThinkGeek’s prank Klingon version of Rosetta Stone, learning the language would be simple, which only leaves Star Trek fans highly disappointed that they won’t be able to get their hands on the program.

7. Samsung’s Fingers

Samsung Fingers April Fools'
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Samsung’s apparent new product, Samsung Fingers, would be the first wearable “smart glove.” With so many wearable tech products in the public eye today, Samsung’s prank press release had a lot of people going at first. By the end, customers were begging Samsung to design the real thing.

Samsung Fingers is a concept that uses a glove as a smart device, where various hand motions would perform different functions. You’d be able to take photos with your hand and connect to Wi-Fi. Various hand signals would allow you to make and accept calls or even produce fart noises through a “pull my finger” gesture. Plus, it’s solar charged!

8. Bing’s Pet Translator

Pet Translator April Fools' Prank
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Why is this not a thing? While a pet translator is far from practical by today’s technology standards, most pet owners wouldn’t argue with a product that would allow them to translate what their pet is saying (like in the movie Up). Bing’s Pet Translator would be able to translate from feline and canine to English, Spanish, or French. Yes, Bing. We want this. Please make it a thing!

 

The Internet went wild with tech pranks on Monday and Tuesday. Clearly we can’t fit them all into a single blog post. So let us know in the comment section which prank you would like to see—whether listed here or not—become a real thing.

With several plane crashes and hijackings hitting the news lately, it has people wondering about past incidents. Look no farther. We’ve made the search easy for you by compiling a list of the top 11 most memorable plane crashes and hijacks of the last two decades, listed in no particular order.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

While this incident only occurred 10 days ago, it’s fresh in everyone’s mind. After veering course, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, and to date no one yet knows what happened to the 239 people on board. Speculators say that the plane was hijacked given that it was programmed to fly to Beijing but left its course and lost contact with radar and air traffic controllers instead.

But no one knows where—or if—the plane went down. The search has only spread wider, now covering 2.24 million square miles, and officials are still searching the seas for signs of debris.

9/11 Plane Crashes

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The 9/11 plane hijackings and crashes are perhaps the most memorable to the majority of Americans. Involving the American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 93, and United Airlines Flight 175, 19 terrorists hijacked these planes on the same day.

They used three of the four planes as missiles for suicide bombings, hitting both of the Twin Towers as well as the Pentagon building. The passengers and crew in the last plane were able to prevent the fourth attack on the White House, but the death toll of the 9/11 attacks of 2001 still totaled almost 3,000.

American Airlines Flight 587

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After the tragedy of 9/11, many people thought they were seeing a repeat of the same incident when Flight 587 crashed in Queens in November 2001. A total of 260 people on board died, along with another five on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the crash was caused by the pilot’s overuse of rudder controls, which he intended to use to control the wake turbulence of a jet that had taken off five minutes before. After this crash, the American Airlines chose to modify its training program.

US Airways Flight 1549 Hudson River Crash

This crash wasn’t significant because of the death toll. In fact, no one died. The truly amazing story is the way the pilot became a hero after they lost engine power from a bird strike. Thinking quickly, the pilot landed everyone safely in the Hudson River in January 2009. Afterward, people began referring to the incident as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

US Air Flight 427

This 1994 crash from the Chicago O’Hare airport to Pittsburg killed 132 people on board. The cause: The rudder suddenly moved to the full-left position, which send the plane rolling and tumbling 5,000 feet to the ground. Due to the conflict between the airline and the victims’ families, the crash led Congress to pass the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act, which requires airlines to have detailed plans on how to notify family members of an accident.

Air Africa Crash

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Antonov An-32B aircraft, similar to the one that crashed. Photo by Felix Goetting [GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons
The Air Africa Crash of 1996 went down in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo after it overshot the runway. Surprisingly, it only claimed two lives of those onboard. The real tragedy came when the airplane crashed into a marketplace, killing between 225 and 348 people on the ground and injuring about 500 more. This makes it one of the most deadliest crashes for people on the ground.

Charkhi Dadri Collision

The Charkhi Dadri Collision of November 1996 involved a Kazakhstan Airlines flight and the Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747. The Kazakhstan crew had a miscommunication with the air traffic controller, where they didn’t hear to remain at 4,600 feet and continued their descent instead. This misunderstanding caused the two planes to collide, leading to 349 fatalities and no survivors. Afterward, the national aviation authorities required all flights in and out of India to have a Traffic Collision Avoidance System on board.

Indian Airline Flight 814

The 1999 hijacking of the Indian Airline Flight 814 was one of the longest hijackings in history, lasting over a week. The plane was hijacked by a group whose goal was to release Islamic figures in India. After touching ground three times to fuel up, the gunmen finally forced the aircraft to land in Kandahar. Before it all ended, they had fatally stabbed one of their comrades.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961

Hijacked by three Ethiopians who were under a suicide pact in November 1996, the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 went down near the Comoros Islands after running out of fuel. Residents and tourists nearby witnessed the crash and swam out to aid survivors. Even so, 122 of the 175 passengers died. One tourist along the beach caught the crash on camera.

China Airways Flight 140

China Airlines Airbus A300 similar to the one that crashed. Photo via Flickr by Contri.

After the first officer accidentally pressed the takeoff/go-around button before landing at the Nagoya Airport in Japan in 1994, there was nothing the pilot and copilot could do once the autopilot kicked in. This button raised the throttle position and is used for take-offs and go-arounds.

The crew tried to correct the issue manually, which only stalled the plane, but since they were already landing, they didn’t’ have the altitude to correct their error. This plane crash resulted in 264 fatalities. Those who survived were all sitting in rows seven through 15.

Ethiopian Copilot Hijack

The shocking part of the Ethiopian plane that was hijacked a few weeks ago was that the plane’s own copilot was the one to hijack the plane! He hijacked the plane when the pilot went to the restroom, and then switched course to head toward Geneva in search of asylum, similar to the Ethiopian airlines crash of 1996. Eventually he surrendered and no one was harmed, but the fact that the plane’s own copilot hijacked the plane left everyone in shock.

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