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>> sometimes the best-laid plans can take a turn for the weird. >> caught on camera, what went wrong. welcome to "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. sometimes all it takes for one tiny detail to be off and in a split second, a routine event can escalate into a life or death drama leaving folks to wonder what went wrong. it can happen at work or at play or as these people found out, during a leisurely day at a horse show. an official at a horse competition gets trampled by an out of control horse. may 2nd, 2001, springfield, illinois, at the arabian breed
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regionals, drivers move the horses into a ring to compete in a class called country pleasure driving. videographer rick is there to capture the event. >> it's a very neat class. the drivers are to be a pleasure. it should look like a pleasure to drive. >> one of the riders here to compete on this day is paul hyman. >> riding a horse, you sit on top of the horse, on the saddle. in stirrups and the reins, and you really control the horse with your legs and with your arms. it's much easier to control them that way. when you drive, you only have reins and the horse is way up in front so you really don't control as much as when you are riding. >> the competition begins as planned when paul drives his horse into the ring with the others. but then his horse begins to speed up. >> all of a sudden he started to cantor and that's a big sign that something is wrong. >> walk, please.
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walk your horse. time-out. >> he pulls the reins to stop but it's no use. >> he hit the other cart and i got thrown out and he was on his own and he really freaked out. >> the horse went into a total panic because he had a loose cart behind him that's banging and turning upside down. >> veteran horse trainers trained paul's horse for the event. >> bring the horses to the inside. bring the horses to the inside, please. >> the tipped cart panics the horse even more. paul and the others scramble to the center to avoid the one-ton animal. the buggy finally shakes loose but paul's horse still won't stop. >> there's nothing scarier than a horse that's totally lost his mental capabilities. he doesn't care what he did or who he ran over. >> the stampeding horse nearly runs over a man. then another man tries to grab
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the loose reins but that only makes matters worse. paul's horse crashes into a second horse. his horse falls down and then gets back up and bolts again. >> the horse was scared to death. no one was going to stop him unless they grabbed his head and pulled him to the ground. >> everyone's shocked by what happens next. >> the horse comes underneath my camera location, one of the ringmen threw himself in front of the horse. that's a ton of animal coming at you. it was a brave act. he was doing what he could as a ring man to save the rest of the class. >> he is uncle bob. all of the horsemen love him to death. had he just had open heart surgery that spring. so we were all concerned it was the end of bob. unfortunately it was not. >> uncle bob is okay but paul's horse is still completely out of control. it runs straight at a horse whose driver is disabled and
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can't exit the buggy but a judge scares it off by tossing papers at it. >> all horses are hurt animals when they are in a panic situation. they actually want comfort in another animal or a person. the horse that was running free just wanted to get near another horse and have the comfort of that. >> shouts and screams by onlookers spooks paul's horse even more. >> keep quiet. please keep quiet. leave the horse on the outside. let it run it out. >> it makes another run at the same horse and this time it slams right into it and its disabled driver. a judge grabs paul's horse, finally stopping him. and the disabled driver is free just as the second horse bolts. >> we need a medic, please. >> my son matt was there in the ring. he had an instinct to go and grab her out of the cart before the horse took off or that could have been a life-threatening situation. it was a miracle. >> watching this unfold, like i say, it's surrealistic.
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the one horse charges into another horse and stops. the second horse takes off. my mind is, oh, good, a fresh horse. that's all we need. >> the startled animal runs over the buggy. >> keep the horse on the outside, if you can. >> ring officials try to keep it away from people in the center. >> keep quiet. keep the horse on the rail if you can. keep him on the outside if you can. >> one of the horses goes through the center ring, we could have major serious injuries. >> the horse avoids the center but then loops back around. it knocks a man over and narrowly misses the disabled driver. >> what goes through someone's mind at that time is total panic. you think oh, my goodness. and then a lot of prayer because you don't know what the outcome is going to be. >> the buggy tips helping slow the horse just enough to enable a few other animals to be removed from the ring.
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>> take the horses out. take them out. can we get that far gate open? don't open it now. don't open it now. hold on. no. no. wait. >> but this horse shows no signs of stopping. moments later, ring men ready lassos to harness it. when the buggy falls off, the exhausted animal trips and goes down. if the horse is critically injured, it will have to be put down. fortunately, it's not hurt. >> the horse was absolutely fine. he went on at the end of that year and was national champion horse under saddle. he was fine after that. just exhausted and terrified. >> miraculously, other than a few bruises and one broken thumb, no people are critically injured either. so what went wrong to initiate all this chaos? it wasn't driver error.
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paul was an expert horseman and his horse has plenty of competition experience. it turns out it was something small that took notice in the ring only after it was too late. stinging bees. >> that particular day, as the horses entered the ring on the far side, several of them were irritated by something. i personally think it was some kind of bees that were in there and then paul came through there and his horse just panicked and took off at a full dead run. >> after this happened, my trainer recommended i stop driving that horse. and if i want to keep driving i should get a different horse and his brother. this is lucky, because he brings me luck. >> lucky also brought luck to matt, the trainer who saves the disabled woman in this video. at the 2011 nationals, matt and the horse take the ribbon.
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>> the best horses in t country here to date and i'm happy. coming up, a sky diving formation goes bad leaving one man in a death defying downward spiral. >> i didn't know if allen was going to make it. i've never seen anything that violent. >> when "caught on camera: what went wrong" continues. [ school bell rings ]
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the stakes are high for more than three dozen skydivers attempting a world record. but the risks climb even higher when two skydivers find themselves in a life threatening downward spiral.
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october 1994, 18,000 feet above davis, california. a group of skydivers is determined to make it into the record books. their goal? build a 46 parachute diamond or canopy and then separate and land safely. it will hold more eight skydivers than the world's best of 38. this morning is their last test before the next day's big jump. skydiving cameraman, brian scott, tapes the practice session. the skydivers will use the tape later to analyze the jump. >> canopy formation is multiple parachuters flying in formation. he will put a foot in the line and hold that parachute while someone else holds up the
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formation and you will form a diamond of parachutes. >> it's a risky jump. but this veteran embraces the chat enk. >> canopy formation is a very fragile formation. >> the idea of someone grabbing ahold of your parachute scares experienced jumpers even more than new jumpers. because if they get all tangled up in your parachute, it's done. you can't use it to land. >> lois is in charge of mapping out every detail. >> he knows even the smallest miss cue can be a disaster. >> it's much like choreographing a dance. because everyone has an assigned place to fly to and take ahold of the other canopy. you have to have your hand and feet in the right place. you have to plan out the entire jump and then the challenge is to do it. >> for today's world record attempt, lewis assembles the best in the field.
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all seems to be going smoothly until something captures cameraman's eye. >> something didn't look right. there was a sixth row that had fallen off the rotation and his canopy had spun out and that sent an undualation through the formation. >> sure enough, as the skydiver attempts to join the right side of the formation, the wave reaches him. still, he manages to hold tight as another team member approaches from the below. the man beneath should help stabilize the right side. >> you want to see a man come in underneath the wing dock like that otherwise it's a free floating parachute. >> before the skydivers on the right can stabilize, the man on the left reapproaches row six. as he joins, he pulls down on the formation, amplifying the wave again. when the wave reaches the chutes
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on the right, they are pushed forward. >> as i come forward, the parachutes start collapsing like an accordion. it was folding up. that's when several people let go on the right side. the right row six wing was so far when they let go of him, his parachute flew across the formation. it went back into the formation. as he came back across the formation, his parachute did a 90-degree left turn and came right into the formation. >> the entire pyramid collapses and two skydivers end up in a treacherous tangle. the unlucky man who gets wrapped up is brian scott's friend. allen gut shaw. >> it was alan and he's one of my best friends in the world. i got right on it and started spiralling two of them. it kind of looked like a bi-plane. it was two parachutes like this together. >> chutes that are tangled can't fly properly. now both skydivers spin out of
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control, 9,000 feet above the ground. and the other man's chute is wrapped around his neck. >> in that case, the person who has the parachute wrapped and you, they need to go into free fall and that takes the tension off. >> falling at nearly 50 miles an hour, the skydivers have less than two minutes before they hit the ground. the first guy manages to break free. the parachute remains behind and wrapped around alan's neck. >> the parachute's line has wrapped around him twice. so when the other guy cut away, the tension stayed on him when he cut away. the parachute was still partially opened and wrapped around alan so it was pulling those lines tight like a chinese finger trap. it sticks to you. >> with time running out, alan has only one option. cut the other skydivers chute
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line but as he does that it causes another problem. >> once alan cut the line, the other parachute started spinning. it was no longer in a flight configuration. more and more got cut loose and it got spinning more and more. and now it is wrapping allen's parachute lines up into a coil. >> alan's chute was spinning out of control and time was running out. >> i didn't know if alan was going to make it. i had never seen anything that violent before. i knew we were getting quite low and we were right ore the airport and so and i could see the numbers on the runway. i thought he was the way i watched him through this ordeal. >> with the lines twisted so thick and tight, alan's problems go from bad to worse. his knife breaks. alan reaches for another knife which he wouldn't have been carrying that day if it hadn't been for his friend brian scott.
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>> the day before i went to the pro shop and bought him a metal hook knife and i think alan had a knife that was already in his rig. it was kind of like on his harness right here. but it was plastic. i bought him a better knife. it was just a present to my buddy the day before. >> with his new knife, alan finally frees himself of both chutes. now in free fall, he has less than ten seconds until impact. >> we were under 1,000 feet and i saw a pilot shoot come out and that was it. he pulled out of that at about 700 feet. >> with little time to spare, he coasts to a landing completely unscathed. luckily his reserve chute deployed even though he was so close to the ground. >> we all gathered at the ground and he was just laughing and carrying on. he was back up in the air that day. i mean, alan is just my hero. he never gave up for one second. >> the very next day, the team
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beats the world record for canopy formation. one of those skydivers? alan gutshaw. coming up, rescuers spot a man whose time was running out. >> he was in the midst of it and i knew he want doing well. >> when "caught on camera: what went wrong" continues. sleep in sleep out star gaze dream big wander more care less beat sunrise chase sunset do it all. on us. get your first month's payment plus five years wear and tear coverage. make the most of summer... with volvo. quicker smarter earlier fresher harder and yeah, even on sundays. if that's not what you think of when you think of the united states postal service, watch us deliver.
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>> a factory worker clings to life hoping rescuers can reach him before it's too late. january 2003, the west pharmaceutical factory in north carolina manufacturer of rubber stoppers for syringes blows sky high. calls pour in to 911. >> what is your emergency? >> there's been a big explosion. >> some callers report that a plane struck the building. kinston search and rescuer sees it from miles away. >> i heard an explosion and saw the smoke rising above the trees. i thought it was a plane crash into the building.
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i thought there would be a lot of casualties. i've never been in a fire or any incident of that size before. >> the north county fire marshal is also called in that day. >> we're in rural eastern north carolina, a small town. when this happened, it took every resource within our county. for the fire service, this is our world trade center. >> a little more than a year after the 9/11 attack, has small town kinston been the target? potential casualties could be high, with 130 employees on site at the time of the accident, officials quickly rule out that an airplane is to blame. >> within the first hour of being on the scene and contacting the tower at the airport, no evidence of any plane striking the building was seen. so we ruled out a plane going into the building fairly early. >> officer woody spencer of the kinston police department documents the scene on video. >> it was total chaos.
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there were trucks and people running all over the place and flames and smoke billowing from the building. when i started the videotape, there was a piece of wood impaled into the ground. the come bust of explosion was not as immense. >> 20 minutes after the blast, officials believe dozens of employees may still be trapped inside. firefighters search desperately in the thick, black smoke. and then a worker manages to climb out of the devastation. firefighters help the badly burned man down from the hot roof. with other workers still missing, rescuers have to jump right back in. >> they are still searching for people that weren't accounted for. we're going to stay until the
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job gets done. >> rumors were everywhere, that people were trapped inside and dead. >> one hour after the start of the fire, authorities know the prospect of finding survivors is grim and that's when they see a sight they can hardly believe. >> the wind kind of shifted and started pushing smoke a different direction and all of a sudden he appeared out of the smoke. everybody was speechless. >> i've been a shooter for 20 something years and that right there was probably -- i felt as helpless as i've ever felt in my life. there was nothing i could possibly do. all company do was videotape him from a distance. >> he's perched just above the epicenter of the fire. and appears severely burned on his arms and legs. now officials have to figure out how to pull him from the inferno. >> he had already been up there for a while. we knew that time wasn't in his favor. >> with time running out, rescuers must quickly devise a safe way in and out.
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>> something of that magnitude, just not sure what is going to happen walking on the roof or inside the building with all of the structural collapse. one little thing could fall and create a domino effect. >> the man is there for 20 more minutes before firefighters reach him and pull him to safety. he is machinist jim edwards and he survives. >> i feel wonderful. >> they said, i'm with you jim, relax, everything will be fine. i'm be right with you. nothing is going to happen to you. >> edwards is burned over 60% of his body. trapped inside the blaze, he had wondered if his time had come. >> the fire and everything was about ten foot away from me and from all of that heat and everything it was heating me alive and i couldn't go know where it was scary and i was just wondering if i was ever going to see the next day or
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not. i figured this was the end. >> over the next three years, edwards undergoes a dozen surgeries. along the way he contracts an infection that ultimately claims his eyesight. despite his hardships, edwards remains positive. >> the good lord felt like it was not my time to go. i feel like i still have something to offer, to give to people. i'm blessed to be here still today. i talk to people about how important it is to not take anything for granted because you can lose everything in a flash. >> in all, six people die in the fire. what went wrong to start this deadly blaze in the first place? turns out it's something that went unnoticed. accumulating for years. dust, polyethylene dust, a nonstick coating applied to the raw rubber produced at the factory. >> it's not like house dust. it's like a real fine, powdery
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kind of a texture of a talcum powder and when it's suspended and hanging in the air, it's very volatile and very explosive and very flammable. if it accumulates over time and in a drop ceiling, it takes something very minor to make that dust airborne and once it finds an ignition source, it's going to blow. >> like a natural gas like, any sources could ignite the source. a light switch, static, a tool spark, but authorities were never able to confirm the source in this case. after this incident, north carolina passes stricter fire regulations to allow inspectors access to examine confined areas where dust can accumulate. the aim is to safeguard the lives of workers and first responders. with west pharmaceuticals now rebuilt nearby, jim edwards expects the new rules will help avoid future catastrophes. >> i felt what happened that day was a tragedy for everybody and
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hi, i'm richard louie with the hour's top story. the funeral for sandra bland. the 28-year-old was found dead if his texas jail cell three days after being pulled over for failing to signal. this was due to an escalation of a minor trax stop. and today the court papers saying the shooter had a history of erratic behavior. now back to "caught on camera". welcome back to "caught on
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camera." i'm contessa brewer. when you attend a fireworks display, you expect fireworks but not like this. and this night, spectators were left scared, scarred, and wanting to know -- what went wrong? in southeastern pennsylvania, a holiday celebration goes from festive to fearsome in the blink of an eye. >> oh, my god. >> what the -- what the -- >> july 4th, 2010, the town is celebrating more than american independence. the 7,000 residents are -- they are also celebrating their home town's big birthday. lifelong natives look forward to the evening festivities. palmyra was celebrating and it was a big deal for the community.
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>> they had vendors and rides set up, things for people to do. >> the night will be topped off by a fireworks display at the buck swank football field, a first in the town's history. her teen-ager son tyler doesn't want to miss it. >> i was hanging out with my girlfriend all day. we met up with my mom right before we watched the fireworks. >> the lawn is crowded with scores of spectators but she and her kids find a spot in the grass upfront. they sit just behind the tape separating them from the fireworks launch site, 250 feet -- 220 feet away. hundreds more get a view from farther away. >> about 10:00 the fireworks started going off. it was beautiful. >> my girlfriend and i were just laying down in the grass looking up. it was cool because we could just watch them go right overhead. >> from the bleachers, spectators record the show with their video cameras and phones. about 20 minutes into the show, the finale begins.
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>> this is the finale. this is the song they always play on the 4th of july. >> but no one is prepared for what happens next. >> oh, my god. >> fireworks started going off at ground level. they just started shooting side ways. they were coming out towards the crowds and towards the people. >> they started going off quickly in all kinds of direction and towards us. >> the crowd begins to panic. >> it happened so quickly that there was really not time to react or even realize what was going on around us. you could hear the screams and people yelling and crying and everything in total chaos. >> sitting in the open grass to the left, adia and her kids and scores of others are more exposed than those in the bleachers. so the air and fireballs reach them first, along with the container used to launch the fireworks with a lit shell.
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>> the box was coming ends over end towards us and it landed two feet from my son's leg. for the split second i thought we're okay. >> but then a shock -- >> tyler takes a direct hit from a 3,000-degree shell launched out of the mortar box laying right next to him. >> i wasn't sure quite what happened. it just felt like i got kicked really hard in the back of the leg and my ears were ringing. i heard my girlfriend running away screaming. i went after her. i wasn't really sure anything was wrong with me yet. i wanted to make sure that she was all right. it was only after paramedics checked her out that i was like, hey, something's wrong with my leg. >> his summer clothes expose his legs to the full force of the blast. >> i have my shorts right here and then down at the bottom all you see they are all shredded up from where the fire work blew up next to my leg. >> his injuries are most severe on the back of the left leg. he sustains third-degree burns
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and shrapnel causes a gaping hole in his calf. >> had he a hole that a golf ball could have fit in. along with other burns and bad cuts on his ankle and his foot and up the back of his leg. >> so why did a summer evening of family celebrating turn to horror? what went wrong? the state police investigation reveals that a shell explodes inside its launch tube setting off a chain reaction, blasting a mortar box toward the family. the company is fined $3700. the company did not return our calls for comment. >> oh, my god! >> with such powerful shells fired by the company, the federal report insists they should have used sturdier steel
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mortar boxes instead of the weaker wooden ones. ten others get hurt that night but tyler's injuries are the worst. he endures several surgeries and months of therapy to heal his leg. but emotional scars remain. >> i haven't been to any fireworks shows since. it makes me nervous. i don't want to get near them. coming up, a single bird causes a lot of chaos. >> when that bird went in the engine, i knew i had to eject and i was not looking forward to doing it. >> and, later, a building dips but doesn't tip. >> here it goes, and then it just stops. it took tim morehouse years to master the perfect lunge.
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an ordinary training flight becomes a fight for life. >> canadian air force captain john hunt, he has flown for more than two decades. with thousands of hours logged, he's among canada's best. >> i was transferred to the flight instructor school where i was an instructor for instructors. >> instructors fly with students in the hawk 155. this jet is a one-engine two-seat aircraft. on training missions, the student pilot flies in the front seat and instructor pilots like hut fly in the back seat. >> when we sign the plane out, the instructor is in charge of the plane for the mission. we have a tape in the airplane
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to see how the student is flying so we have that for debrief later. >> among the movements that they practice is touch and go. that's when a pilot touches wheels down briefly and then returns to the air in one fell swoop. this is routine. one that can change their lives if a landing can needs to be aborted for any reason. in may, 2004 -- captain hut supervises a touch and go formed by a british pilot during training. >> he was a fully winged pilot. he was getting familiarization. for this aircraft before he went on to training for him. >> once he completes the touch and go, hut takes over. >> i said, okay, he's been flying for a year and a half. i can had at least a minute on the stick so that's when i did the touch and go. >> but then both pilots are rocked by what happens next.
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a single bird gets sucked into the jet's engine. >> when you have the landing gear up and no runway in front of you, the thrust of putting the plain back on the ground, all of the thrust is gone. understand >> with no thrust from his only engine, hut has only one option. >> when that bird went in the engine, i knew i had to eject and i was just not looking forward to doing it. the ejection system is designed to get your body away from the crash site. you're not expected to get out of the situation unscathed. it's a very violent thing. i know pretty well every situation where two people have injected out of the same plane. at least one of them is hurt, if not fatally. >> hut takes advantage of the speed he has to tilt nose up and gain altitude. that could increase their chances for survival. with more altitude, their parachutes will have more time
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to deploy. hut has one other thing going for him. >> the fuel state was low so the aircraft was light. i had that advantage. >> with altitude gained, hut tries restarting the engine. no luck. and now they have another problem. they've lost too much speed. >> because i was too aggressive with that initial climb, i was basically trying to keep the airplane flying. if they fly too slow, they stall. >> a stalled plane has no lift and falls out of the control. to prevent that, hut drops his right wing, trading altitude for air speed. the jet computer warns that their jet is not geared for landing. with the ground approaching rapidly, hut must level the aircraft before ejection. >> what is paramount is to be wings level. it really helps your chances of survival.
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when you put any bank on the airplane, it lessens, especially in a low level environment. all i was making sure is that we were wing level before we ejected. >> the pilots try to restart one last time. >> going to try to get a restart going. >> okay. >> okay. engine is stopped. >> with time running out, hut prepares to eject. his last has being is to aim the jet where it will do the least harm when it crashes. >> i took a quick look around to see where the airplane was going. straight ahead looked good. we were ready and set the throttle back to idle. the ground was coming up fast so it was time to go. >> are you ready? >> i am ready. >> okay. prepare to abandon the aircraft. >> eject, eject, eject. >> it's an explosive situation. you're literally sitting on a rocket.
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>> the jet is completely destroyed but both pilots survive the violent ejection process. >> in our case, with this airplane, there is a minimum detonating cord that explodes the canopy around your head so the seat can can go through faster. it's a big huge explosion. i remember one of the biggest memories of the whole event was the big white flash right in my face. it felt like i exploded myself. then the seat goes up to 20 g acceleration as it takes you up the rail. the ejection force itself, i really remembered it very strong pain in my back and when the chute opened up again, it was just a reconfirmed the pain in my back. i hit the ground pretty hard and i did further damage to myself. i broke my femur. the femur damaged on contact. >> having bitter luck, the british pilot escapes with only minor injuries and captain hut
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cheats death by only the slimmest margin. >> i was probably doing 33 feet per second when i hit the ground and all the data out there says that anything more than about 35 feet per second is probably a fatal rate. >> so what went wrong? investigators find the wing of a small bird in the wreckage. it's a franklin's gull, common to the air field but generally too small to do this much damage so it makes sense when investigators find that the gull isn't the only thing that the engine has ingested. >> as the bird came down the side on my aircraft, it actually hit the probe before it ended up going in the engine. >> and the metal probe, a sensor that indicates the plane's angle on the horizon, broke off and chewed up the inside of the engine, causing the failure. it all proves that sometimes the smallest creatures can cause the biggest problems. >> they can do lots of damage.
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you just have to be aware of them. coming up -- 11 stories become nine stories and this would-be demolition becomes another kind of story altogether. >> things did not go quite according to plan on saturday. >> i don't think they really knew what to do or how to react. >> when "caught on camera: what went wrong" continues. rance comy understands the life behind it. those who have served our nation. have earned the very best service in return. ♪ usaa. we know what it means to serve. get an auto insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life.
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at just over 200 feet, the zip tower feed mill in south dakota stood as the tallest building for 50 years. but in 2005, it becomes the tallest leaning building. this sioux falls native has something in common with the leaning tower.
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>> i was born in 1955, the year i was born. it was the largest feed manufacturing plant in the united states. there was still a lot of pride in it. >> over the years, hundreds of sioux falls residents worked there. but by 2000, the work moved on and that's when the building closed. >> i'm a long time sioux falls resident. i'm dedicated to my community. i needed more space for my growing business and i started looking for available properties. >> the zip tower mill land on the east of the sioux river fits the bill. in 2005, jeff purchases the property, determined to demolish the 11-story landmark. >> we were looking at bids for exploding it and for bids for just taking it down the old-fashion way with the ball and chain. >> but the zip is one story taller than the highest wrecking crane in the state.
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so it must be taken down with explosives. jeff ceases the opportunity to raise funds for a cause dear to his heart. >> my daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis so i said i'm going to turn this into a fund-raiser. >> ktl news director at the time jumps at the time to cover the event. >> we knew it was for a great cause. the tallest building in dakota is coming down and you want to be here for that. >> so we went out and sold tickets for the person who pushes the button. >> they call the event boom and print thousands of raffle tickets to sell. >> in a little less than six weeks' time, we sold 50,000 tickets. and a dollar a piece. this just became bigger than life. >> they were expecting thousands and thousands of people. how exactly are they going to do this, to blow up the biggest building in south dakota? is anybody going to get hurt?
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>> to protect the public, the authorities set up a wide perimeter. because there is so much land around the building, the plan is to tip the zip over like a tree rather than implode it straight down. that way, fewer explosives are required, according to demolition site manager, eric schuller. >> it was a very solid structure. to install enough explosives would have been a pretty big feat. to tip it over, it was a lot easier method. the explosive experts removed concrete in between the columns and then installed explosives in those columns. the plan was then to remove that support structure similar to falling a tree, creating a wedge for a tree to fall down to the east. >> on december 6th, 2005, with tens of thousands watching in person and on tv, the zip's time has come. >> 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 --
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>> whoa. >> the zip dips but it doesn't tip. >> instead of going over like i knew it was supposed to, it fell into this hole. a story and a half was blown out of it and there was really only one metal pipe that broke off. otherwise, the entire structure stood. had the contractor said, what's going on? we said, we don't know. we're not sure why it didn't go down. it may still fall. so we've got to be real careful. >> so why did the building tip but not topple? when the blast knocks out the lower floor, the remaining floors rush down and crush a foundation softened by years of standing water. once in the hole, the zip just sticks. >> this has been great because it says, i'm not going down without a fight.
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>> there was a 15-foot deep basement under the structure that was actually blasted into quartzite. quartzite is like granite, very solid. it came down and sat in that footprint. >> people were still just kind of dumbfounded by the whole situation. i don't really think they knew what to do or how to react as opposed to just laugh at it. well, we'll see what they do now. can they blow it up again? can they bring any more dynamite? can they bring in more explosives in how long is it going to stay like this? will it be the leaning tower of sioux falls? no one knew. >> things did not go quite according to plan. on saturday. and now sioux falls has its own leaning tower. >> the explosion shortened approximately 40 feet in mere seconds. so the building went from 205 feet to roughtly 160 feet tall, so the wrecking ball could reach the rest of the building and bring the top of it down. >> it takes the wrecking ball
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three weeks to finish the job. during that time, the leaning tower of zip makes national news. and thousands more make donations to the ms foundation, totaling more than $150,000. >> i would say another 20, 30% came in after the fact because of the way this thing all turned out. >> if it had just fallen over, okay, it's over. it's what we expected. it was the blooper of it all. >> the initial demolition may have been a bust but that blooper led to something quite progressive. the zip's soft concrete is crushed, recycled, and laid into the foundation of the new building. sherpa place. >> it's not the tallest building in south dakota anymore, but it's still there. it's still part of south dakota. >> the zip may be down, but it's legend has only grown. and that's physical proof that the best laid schemes of men and -- mice and men often go askew.
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we will give credit to poet robert burns, who wrote that in 1785 in scotland. so it's probably safe to assume that what went wrong is a concept that is both universal and timeless. i'm contessa brewer. that's all for this edition of "caught on camera." it's a heart stopping, high-altitude horror as a skydiver becomes a human bullet. >> he was so hard. it crossed my mind that maybe it hit a plane. and a base jump goes horribly wrong. >> the ground was coming at me incredibly fast. i was pretty sure this was going to end badly. on the ground, an unexpected encounter between buck and biker. and a rescue that just barely gets the job done. >> slipped out of one knot and that was e


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