updated - January 29, 2015 Thursday EST
A camera in the cockpit shows what happened when small plane stalled in Idaho and the footage has been going viral on YouTube and across the internet.
The unprecedented footage of a small airplane crash from inside the cockpit is shown from two different views. Miraculously, everyone survived. The plane, a 1947 Stinson 108 four-seater, took off from Bruce Meadows Airport in Stanley, Idaho, at about 2 p.m. June 30 with four passengers aboard: the owner and pilot, 70-year-old Leslie Gropp, his 38-year-old son, Tol, and two of Tol's friends.
The passengers were all returning from a morning hike on a clear day in an area known as No Return Wilderness. The four were headed to McCall, Idaho, a small mountain town where they planned to have dinner.
"The pilot will make a full recovery and the rest of us escaped with superficial injuries and feel very lucky to be alive," one of the passengers wrote as a description for the video posted online.
"Due to warming temperatures we had a hard time gaining altitude. After taking off we hit an air pocket that made us rapidly loose altitude, pushing us down into the trees," they wrote.
The entire ordeal was captured by two GoPro cameras-including one mounted inside the cockpit. The cameras were left on for several hours, Gropp said, resulting in the gripping footage, edited down to the seven-minute film below.
"[We] feel very lucky to be alive," Tol Gropp wrote on the video's YouTube page.
Watch the plane crash caught on tape in the video below:
(Warning: This video contains material that may be disturbing for sensitive viewers)
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