10 Tragedies Caught on Film | British Pathé

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British Pathé captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck. From Franz Reichelt’s death jump off the Eiffel Tower to the Hindenburg Disaster, here are 10 tragedies caught on film.

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Used Videos:
1. Franz Reichelt’s Death Jump off the Eiffel Tower: https://goo.gl/82bpY3
2. Emily Davison (Suffragette) killed by King’s Horse at Derby: https://goo.gl/4OjbNx
3. Frank Lockhart’s fatal bid for speed record: https://goo.gl/rS2A4V
4. Hindenburg Disaster: https://goo.gl/CCCqP
5. HMS Barham Explodes and Sinks: https://goo.gl/nKwicH
6. The Farnborough Air Show Tragedy: https://goo.gl/HTmSCG
7. Le Mans Disaster: https://goo.gl/8MuozM
8. Trapped Pilot Drowns in Sinking Cockpit: https://goo.gl/M2pEHC
9. Bird Man Death Jump: https://goo.gl/JSqSVd
10. Donald Campbell Dies in Bluebird Crash: https://goo.gl/p8wYFW

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  1. There's an extended video of Franz Reichelt's jump from the Eiffel tower: he looks worried and not so determined to try.
    At some extent he seemingly looks as if he "had to" .He was likely to be giving up weren't it for a big show being on.

  2. I actually went to see where Donald Campbell was buried last week and I saw what was left of the Bluebird. At his grave there is his teddy bear which he had taken on the Bluebird with him. Its amazing to see how they recovered so much of the wreck. Also, the Le mans disaster looked horrific. Shoutout to al those who died.

  3. You know, whenever I hear an old guy talking of the "good ol days when they didn't fuss about safety so much", I'll be sure to point out Le Mans as a prime example for safety in racing.

  4. This video is very disturbing. And i think this it is inappropriate for us to watch their deadly moment. It is actually unrespectful. I hope a prompt action will be taken. What if underage children watch this? They will get trauma of course.

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