(WARNING) Viral Video: Cockpit view of small plane crash
IDAHO — Four air enthusiasts aboard a small plane survived a crash and they have the shockingly-clear seven-minute video to prove it.
Though all four passengers will — amazingly — make full recoveries from the June 30 plane crash, their documentation of the experience included the bloody aftermath. So if you have no taste for viewing the lacerated face of the pilot, avoid watching the video for 50 seconds starting at the 5 minute mark.
Nathan Williams was one of the four passengers filming. He shot the plane taking off from a dirt runway and heading toward the small mountain town of McCall, Idaho. The plane was airborne for several minutes before losing altitude and slamming into trees.
The pilot, 70-year-old Les Gropp, sustained the most severe injures, suffering a broken jaw, broken ribs and a fractured cheekbone in the crash. Williams sustained a concussion, and the two other passengers — Alec Arhets and Gropp’s son, Tol — escaped with cuts and bruises.
“We all went back to work on (the following) Monday,” Williams told the Associated Press. “Les was really the only one who had some lasting damage, but even he’s going to be fine.”
Here’s is a quick breakdown of what you’ll find in the 7 minute, 35 second video:
- Takeoff: 0:00-2:20
- Crash: 2:20-3:00
- Aftermath: 3:00-5:00
- Les Gropp’s bloody injuries: 5:00-5:50
- Footage of the plane wreckage: 5:50-6:00
- Slow motion footage of the crash and a second camera angle: 6:00-7:35