Moments Captured on Film Right Before Tragedy

The next 55 photos show moments that were photographed just before a disaster hit. The visuals sometimes show blithe delight, and other times they show a gloomy, melancholy despair that foreshadows a catastrophic outcome. Most of the time, victims are unaware that they are passing away. Others appear to be aware that the end is near.



These unusual pictures were captured just before a disaster. Most of the time, these disasters result in death, and in some cases, the photographs even show the perpetrator’s face.

Paul Walker Stepping to His Death Unaware

American actor and philanthropist Paul William Walker IV is best known for playing Brian O’Conner in the Fast and the Furious movie franchise. He became obsessed with the fast-car movie series, which finally claimed his life. Walker died in an automobile accident at the early age of 40.



This is the final picture we have of Paul Walker. Here he is, just moments before getting into the car that would kill both him and his friend Roger Rodas. The Porsche Carrera GT hit a tree at 100 mph, killing the two men inside.

The Hally Family Looking Forward to Their Exciting Holiday

The Hally family was traveling to Kuala Lumpur in anticipation of a fantastic vacation. They boarded Malaysia Airlines aircraft 17 in Amsterdam.



They were unaware of their fate. A few hours into the trip, when above Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists used a rocket to bring the plane down. Most likely, the Russians believed it to be an enemy aircraft. 298 passengers died in all. Just before takeoff, this last photo of the Hally family was shot.

Minutes Before Jumping to Her Death

A couple of visitors requested a photo with Niagara Falls in the background. They had no idea that the Japanese student who was hiding in the background was debating suicide. Imagine getting your picture shot inadvertently and capturing the final moment of an unknown individual before she falls to her death.


Ayano Tokumasu is seen here in a crimson coat standing in front of Niagara Falls just before she straddled the rails and committed suicide by plunging into the falls.

Caught Plummeting to Their Death

Imagine yourself on a highway when you see a commercial airplane flying sideways over the street due to an apparent loss of control. This image accurately depicts what was captured.


TransAsia Airliner 235, a domestic flight in Taiwan, was seen briefly flying erratically across a suspended highway before plunging into the Keelung River.
In front of hundreds of witnesses, an engine issue led the plane to lose control and flip over in midair. 42 out of the 58 passengers on board perished.

Cadet Stephen Hilder Smiles Before Jumping to His Death

Cadet Stephen Hilder was last seen in this picture before jumping to his death. Knowing that he was going to kill himself, he gives the camera a thumbs up smile.


The fact that both the main parachute and the backup parachute were destroyed, giving Hilder no chance to survive the jump, led medical examiners to believe that someone else was responsible. The cadet’s death was declared a suicide when additional inquiry revealed that he had destroyed his own parachutes.

Dagsa Takes a Shot of His Killer Moments Before His Death

Reynaldo Dagsa, a politician from the Philippines, captured an unintentional shot of a gang member who would later commit suicide. The hitman enters the picture brandishing the gun that would ultimately kill Dagsa just as the politician was taking a photo of his daughter, wife, and mother-in-law.


He then snapped his final photo by pressing the shutter release. Fortunately, he and his three family members avoided harm because he was the lone target of the assassination. The instant he snapped this picture, Dagsa was brutally murdered.

Dale Earnhardt Hours Before His Death

American professional race car driver Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. Earnhardt started his career in the World 600, a Winston Cup Series race, in 1975.


Earnhardt entered the storied #3 black race vehicle in 2001 to compete in the Daytona 500. Dale perished in a devastating collision involving three vehicles. In this photo, Dale Earnhardt is seen clutching his wife’s hand and grinning just hours before he passed away. He is anticipating the race and is optimistic that he will prevail. He had no idea that he was just hours away from taking his own life.

The Last Known Image of the Titanic Before the Crash

The “unsinkable ship” moniker was used to describe the Titanic. The ship was constructed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was intended to be the strongest and fastest ship, breaking previous records in doing so. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic sailed from Southampton and made stops in Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, before continuing west toward New York.


At 11:40 p.m. local time on April 14, four days into its voyage and about 375 miles south of Newfoundland, the ship collided with an iceberg. The Titanic was last seen floating in this picture.

The Day Before Dying

From 1955 until his death in 1968, American Christian preacher Martin Luther King Jr. rose to prominence as the most well-known figure in the Civil Rights Movement.


At 6:05 P.M. on Thursday, 4 April 1968, Martin Luther King was shot dead while standing on a balcony outside his second-floor room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. This picture was taken the day before his assassination, depicting Martin Luther King, Jr. standing at the same spot where he would be shot dead the following day.

Dr. Jamie Zimmerman’s Last Selfie Minutes Before Plummeting to Her Accidental Death

Dr. Jamie Zimmerman worked for ABC News as a reporter and physician. She died inadvertently at the age of 31 while on vacation in Hawaii while attempting to cross the Lumahai River on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. She slipped on some rocks and was carried away by the current. Lifeguards on a jet ski found Zimmerman after she had already passed away. Zimmerman was by himself, according to the police, at the time.


Zimmerman appeared to have taken this photo of herself just before she lost her balance and fell into the river.

Bad Traffic Saves South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan

Chun Doo-hwan, the fifth president of South Korea, was the target of an assassination attempt on October 9, 1983, in the Rangoon bombing. North Korea was the mastermind behind the endeavor. President Chun, who was the intended target, was saved by the busy traffic that day even though 21 people perished and 46 were injured.


On that day, President Chun was scheduled to go to a memorial service in Rangoon, Burma. Fortunately for him, he was unable to be at the event in time because of his car getting trapped in heavy traffic. Before President Chun arrived on the site, the bomb detonated. Fate spared him, saving his life.

The Greatest Loss of Firefighters Since September 11th

The fire department in Prescott, Arizona had a special unit known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots. They were specialists in putting out wildfires. The crew left to put out a large wildfire in Yarnell Hill as is customary.


Lightning caused the fire, which swiftly became out of control. 19 of the 20 guys sent out to combat the fire perished in the process, despite their valiant efforts. The number of firefighters who died was at its highest since September 11th.

Elisa Lam Seemed to Know Death Was Just Around the Corner

Elisa Lam, a college student, vanished in 2013. She was last seen using the elevator of the Los Angeles Cecil Hotel, as shown in this video image. She can be heard on the video muttering to herself and seemed to be running away from someone. She appears to be in trouble because of the frightened expression on her face.


At the top of the Cecil Hotel, a water tank containing her remains was ultimately discovered. Her case hasn’t been resolved yet.

The Brazilian Flying Priest

A Brazilian priest named Adelir Antônio de Carli attempted to break a world record in 2008 by flying to his death. His task was to spend more than 19 hours in the air while carrying 600 balloons. He prepared for the race, but he neglected to practice using his phone’s GPS.


It was that crucial mistake that ultimately caused him to pass away too soon. The priest vanished into thin air since he was unable to utilize his cell device’s GPS to let people know where he was. A few months later, pieces of his body were discovered on the coast.

Robert Overacker Jet Skied to His Death

a noble gesture that actually cost someone their life. To raise awareness for the homeless in 1995, adrenaline junkie Robert Overacker attempted to jet ski over Niagara Falls. He raised to jump across the falls, but to his surprise, and everyone else’s for that matter, his parachute never opened.


Overacker was killed when he fell to his death and was sucked up by the falls as a result of this mechanical mistake. The picture shows Robert taking off above Niagara Falls as he waits for his parachute to release.