I honestly feel a bit sick to my stomach right now. Within the past hour, a dashcam video was posted that shows the crash yesterday of a National Airlines 747 in Bagram Afghanistan. It is a difficult thing to watch as the plane pitches up at a very steep angle before plummeting out of the sky. It got me thinking though. Only a few years ago, a video like this may have only ever been seen by those who were investigating the crash and those who knew the person who took the video. It would have likely been deemed too graphic for the TV news. Other than the videos of the World Trade Center collapsing, most videos that show a serious injury or fatality are only shown at most a couple of times before they are pulled from the airwaves as being too graphic. A large aircraft crashing to the ground and bursting into flames? It likely would never even have the chance of making the evening news. Yet in this world of widespread social media use, it is simple to upload the video and wait for it to go viral with views from around the world. To the families and friends of those who were lost in this accident, you have my deepest condolences.
If you want to watch the video in its entirety, you can view it here, however be warned: What I have written here cannot begin to describe what you will see and VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED.