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  • Steve Fossett’s Hot Air Balloon Was Destroyed By A Storm As He Crashed To Earth on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#8) Steve Fossett’s Hot Air Balloon Was Destroyed By A Storm As He Crashed To Earth

    Steve Fossett was an adventurer who made several attempts to travel around the world in a hot air balloon. In one such attempt in August 1998, he suffered a catastrophic accident as his balloon crashed into a storm front. Hail tore apart the structure and sent his small capsule tumbling towards Earth. After falling almost 30,000 ft, Fossett woke up to discover he had not only survived the ordeal but was also completely unharmed.

    The capsule had landed in water and protected him from injury, though, he did have to spend 10 hours at sea before he was rescued.

  • Bear Grylls Almost Died In An SAS Training Mission on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#2) Bear Grylls Almost Died In An SAS Training Mission

    Before he became a popular television personality and adventurer, Bear Grylls spent a short amount of time in the armed forces. During this military service, he was involved with the SAS Territorial Army and took part in a training exercise over Zambia. During a skydive, his parachute failed to inflate.

    Thinking he had time to fix the problem before he hit the ground, he chose not to open the reserve chute and instead fell 16,000 ft and landed on his parachute pack. Although he narrowly avoided severing his spinal cord, he did break his back, which required him to go through 12 months of 10-hour-a-day physiotherapy.

  • Alan Magee Lived Through A Plane Crash on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#5) Alan Magee Lived Through A Plane Crash

    WWII Air Force Sergeant Alan Magee was part of a B-17 Flying Fortress crew that was hit by German fire during a mission. The airman not only found himself plummeting towards the planet’s surface in the wreckage of his plane, but he had also been hit by gunfire during the attack. Yet, miraculously, he still managed to eject himself from the aircraft.

    Falling through the air, Magee found that his parachute wouldn't work as it had been damaged, meaning he was in free fall when he crashed through the glass ceiling of a train station. Bizarrely, this glass ceiling actually managed to save his life, cushioning the fall enough so that he only had some minor injuries.

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    (#10) Felix Baumgartner Survived A Jump From Space

    Unlike many of the entries in this article, Felix Baumgartner did not fall from a great height by accident. Instead, his plummet was a stunt performed in partnership with Red Bull in October 2012. The Austrian jumped out of a balloon at a staggering 128,100 ft and reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph during the descent. Although the parachute deployed as planned in the last few seconds of the 10 minute drop, Felix did run into trouble twice.

    While heading down into the final part of Earth’s atmosphere, his visor began to fog due to a malfunction, and while he was dropping he began to tumble rather than remain in a special delta position. Fortunately, he managed to recover and was completely unharmed upon landing.

  • James Boole Stayed Alive During A Skydive Gone Wrong on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#7) James Boole Stayed Alive During A Skydive Gone Wrong

    James Boole is an incredibly experienced skydiver who completed some 2,500 jumps during his lifetime. However, all of this experience did not prevent him from falling 6,000 ft in Russia when he opened his parachute too late for it to fully inflate. He hit the ground with a tremendous amount of force, leaving a one-yard crater in the snow.

    Somehow, Boole was able to survive, sustaining a broken back and ribs. This allowed a miraculous recovery whereby he could walk after just a week of the accident.

  • Christine McKenzie Fell 11,000 Feet Onto Power Lines on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#4) Christine McKenzie Fell 11,000 Feet Onto Power Lines

    August 2004 was not a good month for South African skydiver Christine McKenzie. The 23-year-old was in free-fall when her parachute failed to open. This prompted her to try her reserve chute, but this too malfunctioned and became tangled as it partially inflated. The incredibly rare occurrence meant that McKenzie hardly slowed before she smashed into a series of powerlines before hitting the ground. Those powerlines saved her life, though, absorbing most of the energy from the fall and drastically reducing her impact.

    Despite the fact that literally everything that could go wrong in her jump did go wrong, McKenzie managed to survive with just a broken pelvis and some bruising.

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