51 Chilling Photos Taken Just Moments Before Tragedy Struck

The U.S. Figure Skating Team

What looked like an optimistic vintage team photo sadly preceded the loss of the entire U.S. figure skating team. They were headed to the world championship in Prague, but the aircraft in the photo traveling from New York to Belgium in 1961 crashed. All 73 passengers died and it was a tragic ending for many promising skaters.

Paul Walker

Hollywood actor Paul Walker died in a car crash with his financial advisor and racing buddy Roger Rodas. Rodas, a pro-am racer, owned the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in the photo which caught fire while they were racing. Walker and Rodas slammed into a concrete lamppost while they were driving about 100 mph in a 45 mph zone in Santa Clarita, California.

NASA

What should have been a major victory in space travel wound up being a fatal disaster. This photo shows the NASA crew for the Challenger space shuttle happily boarding the spacecraft, excited to explore. But all seven of the crew members died on impact just 73 seconds after the Challenger’s launch when the aircraft fell apart.

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