Look at These Two Pilots Barely Escape Death

By Sam Biddle on at

This is completely terrifying. These guys were probably about one second from blowing up in a jet fuel fireball, but they managed to eject with only a hair standing between them and oblivion. Barely.

Photographer Erwin Fuguet Gedde captured the incredible moment at a Venezuelan air show, where the country's air force was celebrating its 92nd birthday. Clearly something went extremely wrong with their Hongdu K-8 Karakorum — a Chinese jet that's not exactly top of the line. The pilots survived the crash, but their heart rates are probably still descending. [The Aviationist]