When tragedy strikes and affects an entire nation, there is a moment when everyone searches for answers. They want to understand the lives of the people affected, they want to gain a better understanding of what it was like for them in the last moments of their lives, and in general they want answers.
What we often learn about these tragedies is that only moments before they occurred, everything seemed normal or at least under control.
Sure the oxygen masks falling from a plane’s overhead compartment is scary, but when a flight attendant remains standing and calm, it almost appears as if the situation will turn out okay.
When we see James Dean standing next to his car only moments before his reckless driving caused his death, it makes us think about the fragility of life.
Here are 10 unreal photos that were snapped right before tragedy struck.
#10 The Tragic End To Japan Airlines Flight 123
On August 12, 1985, Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed and claimed the lives of 505 of the 509 people aboard the plan. In a picture snapped just moments before the crash, oxygen masks are shown hanging from the overhead area. It’s an eerie site as the flight attendant stands in the aisle wearing a mask while trying to keep the flights passengers calm. An explosion occurred 12 minutes into flight and the place crashed 32 minutes later.
#9 Seconds Before A Fatal Bear Attack
This black bear was captured on film by a hiker in New Jersey. While the animal was a good distance away, it continued to approach the hiker and moments later it mauled and killed them. This photograph was found among the hikers belongings following the attack. The rest of their hiking party was left untouched after walking away from the scene.