20. JetBlue Airways Flight 292 emergency landing
Date: September 21, 2005
The emergency landing of JetBlue Airways Flight 292 was a tense situation for the countless people watching the descent on live TV. But the most amazing part is that the passengers themselves were actually watching the events unfold via their on-board televisions, though the sets were turned off before the landing. Talk about surreal.
It’s not often that live cameras catch something as dramatic as this. At any moment, people at home could have been witness to the death of dozens of people without warning. Fortunately, the pilot landed the plane seamlessly, jammed landing gear and all. Still, this one could have gone real bad in a hurry.