small planeA woman in South Africa made a split second decision this week that ultimately resulted in her being killed -- after being sliced in half by an airplane. Yes, an airplane.

Apparently she and two other woman decided to run across a runway at the airfield in order to retrieve wood at a nearby plantation. Before darting across, they somehow misjudged the time it would take for a small plane approaching the runway to land. The one woman was struck by its wing as she tried to make it across, and was literally cut in two. I know -- pretty gruesome.

OMG. Can you even imagine how horrific that scene must have been for the other two women who made it across? If only their friend had waited a few extra seconds for that plane to land, she'd still be alive today. Why on earth would anyone think they could beat the speed of an incoming plane?

There have been quite a few times where I've almost crossed the street in the city when the walk signal wasn't on, only to hop back up onto the curb at the last minute because I suddenly see a taxi cab coming at me a little too fast. And I'm almost positive that this makes me stick out like a sore thumb with the words, "I'm from Connecticut" stamped on my forehead.

But then I see other people dashing across who miss getting hit by a matter of a few seconds, and I'm always relieved that I chose to wait. I guess this story proves that you can never be too cautious when it comes to staying out of the path of moving objects. Maybe standing out in the crowd as a definite suburban gal isn't so bad after all.

Have you ever almost been hit by a car, plane (!), or something else that moves really fast?

 

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