15 Celebrities Who Survived Plane Crashes
These celebrities escaped death and have good pilots, well built planes, and a bit of luck to thank for it. Last Thursday a vintage World War II plane flown by Harrison Ford struck the top of a tree and crashed in a golf course. Ford is expected to make a full recovery. At other times, people are not so lucky. The theories about what happened to that Malaysian flight 370 are plentiful. Some people think that there was an explosion, the radar tracking system was turned off, it flew under cover of another plane, hijackers took over the plane, or somebody hid the plane on a remote airstrip for mysterious purposes. Let’s all be glad and thank our lucky stars together.
Harrison Ford reported engine problems in his World War II-era Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR plane and requested a return to Santa Monica Municipal Airport last week. He crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in Venice about 800 feet southwest of a runway, according to HuffPost. A doctor named Sanjay Khurana said the plane dropped like a rock and it felt like an earthquake. Ford’s son, Ben Ford, released a statement that Ford would be okay.
Sandra Bullock was on a flight from Texas to Wyoming in 2000. There was decreased visibility and the plane missed the runway, landing in a place it wasn’t supposed to be. “I had my german shepherd. The front nose of the plane was in the snow so all we could see was just white coming through. We had been hit in the back of the head with things. I was freaking out,” said Bullock on Graham Norton’s show. Nobody was hurt in the crash.
Patrick Swayze had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes when he made an emergency landing in 2000 according to Hollywood.com. Police from Prescott Valley, Arizona said there was no substantial physical evidence that he was drunk in the 1978 Cessna. Swayze was planning to fly from Van Nuys, CA to Las Vegas and he blamed a pressurization problem on the crash. However, they did find a box of beer in his plane!
In 2008, Obama was just a senator back then. He still had obligations and was on a plane that crashed into another plane at Midway airport. There were no injuries. Obama probably flies in better planes now. Planes that don’t crash into others with lots of security and backup systems in place. At least, we would hope that they give the president an indestructible plane. Obama is still in office until 2017.
You go through the pain through getting a tattoo and then it gets burned off in a plane crash. That is what happened to Travis Barker in 2008. The plane carrying Barker crashed while taking off from Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina. The tires blew out and the captain aborted the take-off at high speed. Four people died and Travis Barker survived with Adam Goldstein. Both surviving passengers filed lawsuits claiming damages against the estates of the dead pilots.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were flying from Las Vegas to New York when they had to make an emergency landing in 2009. Nobody was injured. “My plane just had to do an emergency landing. Engine overheated. Fire engines everywhere. Good times,” tweeted Kutcher. They split up in 2011 after being married for six years. Kutcher now has a baby with Mila Kunis and Demi was seen with a drummer named Sean Friday in Hollywood.
Wilmer Valderrama was on a plane with Ashton Kutcher and Colin Hanks when their 11-seater plane lost pressure in 2003. The plastic that goes over the emergency exit went flying across the plane and then the masks dropped down, according to People. They were flying back to Hollywood after a Mardi Gras weekend. An auxiliary power unit malfunctioned and the plane depressurized. Everybody survived. Valderrama was recently photographed by Demi Lovato while he was working out and she said “This is mine?.”
Miranda Lambert was on a private jet that had to make an emergency landing in Clarksburg, West Virginia last year. The went to Instagram and wrote, “Our plane had an emergency landing in Clarksburg WV. But don’t worry, we found platinum fire suits. Yes!” The plane lost pressure and spent three hours on the ground before taking off again. Miranda put out a new music video called “Little Red Wagon.”
When a rear hatch flies off the plane, that’s not a good sign. Bono from U2 suffered injuries from his flight to Berlin in 2014. The Learjet 60 D-CGEO was taking them to the Bambi International Music awards. The tailage at the rear end of the plane became detached. Authorities at the Berlin airport confirmed that the jet landed with a damaged tailgate. He reportedly lost his luggage during the incident. Better to lose that than other things!
Ben Cauley has an amazing story to tell. He is the only survivor of a 1967 crash that killed eight passengers including Otis Redding. They were headed to a dance club called the Factory in Madison, Wisconsin. The plane went nose first into Lake Monona. Nobody knows why the plane crashed. Cauley recalled that they were told they couldn’t turn on the heat because of a low battery. James Brown claimed that he warned Redding not to fly.
Ed Robertson is the lead singer for the band Barenaked Ladies. They had hit songs such as “One Week,” and “The Old Apartment.” He was on a Cessna 206 floatplane that crashed in a wooded area near Bancroft, Ontario. His wife Natalie and their friends Julie and Jeff Jones were also on the plane. The plane stalled and Robertson landed it in the trees. They had to get out through the windows and nobody was hurt.
Jay-Z was on a plane with Nick Cannon with groupies way before Beyonce and Mariah came into the picture. Cannon told Charlemagne that they landed and a speeding limo crashed into the front of the plane. The driver was a female fan who was a little too excited to meet the celebrities. Jay-Z remained calm throughout the ordeal and got another jet. Jay just bought a Swedish company that controls music streaming services called Wimp and Tidal.
Jackson Rathbone was a character in “Twilight” but he was not Edward Cullen. He was on a JetBlue flight that mad an emergency landing in Long Beach, California. Flight 1416 was carrying 142 passengers and one of its engines malfunctioned. The pilot turned around and landed back in Long Beach half an hour after taking off. The runway was shut down for several hours due to the incident. Nobody was injured.
P. Diddy was on a plane heading to Miami when his plane was struck by lightning in 2005. They had to make an emergency landing in Palm Beach. Nobody was hurt. Diddy has been in the studio with Kanye West, The Weeknd, The Lox, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, and Cassie. He also has anew album coming out called “MMM.” He posted on Instagram that he is back doing music for 12 months only.
Allen Collins was one of the founding members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. In 1977, he and his band were on a Convair CV-300 when they ran out of fuel and crashed in Gillsburg, Mississippi. The lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitiarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and the pilots died in the crash. Collins suffered two cracked vertebrae in his neck. Collins died in 1986 from complications after a car accident.