Thirty-three Chilean miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground after a cave-in Aug. 5, 2010. The men remained trapped for 69 days. An image taken from video shows rescuer Manuel Gonzalez, second from left, being greeted by the miners after he was lowered into the chamber.
A magnitude 7.0 quake struck Haiti in January 2010, leaving more than 215,000 people dead and a million homeless. Fifteen days after the earthquake hit, French rescuers pulled Darlene Etienne, 17, from the rubble.
US Airways Flight 1549 ended up in the Hudson River after its engines were damaged while flying through a flock of birds. Evacuees huddle on the aircraft as a flotilla races to their aid. The photo was taken by a passenger on one of the approaching vessels, who posted the image online from his camera phone, commenting, “There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy!”
All 150 passengers and five crew members survived their water landing. But investigators said some of the safety and contingency plans for such an event were either ignored or could not be performed in the three minutes of chaos that ensued.
Nine miners were trapped deep underground in the Quecreek Mine for 77 hours. They had breached an abandoned coal mine, causing the release of millions of gallons of water. The fourth of the trapped miners is helped out of the rescue capsule.
An 18-month-old girl named Jessica McClure plunged 22 feet into an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas, in October 1987. After 58 hours, crane operators brought her to the surface. Steve Forbes, a Midland paramedic, holds Jessica.
Three young men from wealthy families kidnapped 26 schoolchildren and a school bus driver in the San Joaquin Valley community of Chowchilla and entombed them in a rock quarry. Members of the Alameda County Crime Lab and FBI are pictured working around the opening to the moving van where the children and their bus driver were held captive near Livermore, Calif.
Rodney Oark of Chowchilla holds his children Andrea, 8, and Larry, 11, after their early morning reunion. The two children were among 26 school children and their bus driver that were abducted on the way home from school the prevous day.
In 1972, a Uruguayan airliner carrying a rugby team slammed into the Andes, killing 12 of the 45 passengers. Numerous others gradually died from a combination of injuries and starvation. Sixteen young men survived an unheard-of 72 days. The group was finally rescued after two of their number walked for 10 days before reaching help (44 miles over peaks that reached 13,000 feet). This photo was taken during the ordeal by a survivor.
Survivors of a 1972 plane crash in the Andes attend a 2002 memorial in Santiago, Chile, for those who died. The plane’s passengers included members of a Uruguayan rugby team. The men survived the crash high in the frozen Andes by eating the flesh of their deceased comrades.
Apollo 13 was the third mission to the moon, an almost-routine voyage that turned into a nightmare when an oxygen tank exploded in mid-flight, crippling the craft and seriously jeopardizing the chances of safely bringing its three-man crew back to Earth. The Apollo 13 crew members are shown on their way to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Flight Commander James A. Lovell Jr. is waving, followed by lunar module pilot John L. Swigert Jr. and command module pilot Fred W. Haise Jr.
The legendary ocean liner Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912 after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The British liner was en route to New York City from Southampton, England. The Titanic carried more than 2,200 people; 1,500 died and 700 were rescued. Lifeboats carry survivors.