These rare historic photos and the stranger-than-fiction stories behind them are sending chills down our spones. Read at your own risk! But remember, they are based on true historical events.
The Empire State Building After A US B-25 Bomber Crashed Into It On July 28, 1945
On July 28, 1945, a United States B-25 bomber plane crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City. Heavy fog that morning caused the freak accident that killed 14 people, including the two pilots and one passenger on board the plane. The crew was told to fly to Newark airport instead of LaGuardia airport, which was the original plan.
This new route took them over Manhattan, where they were flying low to the ground for better visibility. The plane almost hit the Chrysler Building, and as the pilots swerved to avoid the skyscraper it went directly into the 78 and 79th floors of the nearby Empire State Building.
Remarkably, the Empire State Building stayed structurally sound after the crash but $1 million was needed to repair the huge hole that was left by the impact (over $10 million dollars today!). The picture above was taken after the crash, with people inside the building precariously close to the wreckage.