Survivors of Airplane Emergencies Share Their Stories

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If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, there’s a fair chance your stomach has lurched at turbulence, take-off or landing due to a subconscious fear of a crash. This is a reasonable terror: If there’s one place you never want to find yourself, it’s on a plane that is going down.

Unfortunately, more people have found themselves in this frightening situation than you might think. From plummeting into the forest to landing in a busy lake, plane wrecks are horrifying experiences that often put passengers inches away from death. Luckily, many have survived to tell their tales of woe and share how they felt moments before the impact.

Here are some of the most terrifying experiences from travelers who have survived emergencies in the air.