One lucky pilot named Dennis Collier has an impressive story to tell. He survived not one, not two, but a whopping seven plane crashes. The whole thing happened over one week, making the whole story even more sensational. Collier said the whole trip was doomed from the start. What did he mean? Time to find out! Scroll down for the full story.
How the Full Story Unfolded
Collier had been avoiding crashes his entire piloting career, up to that fateful week. The whole thing unfolded a couple of years ago. Collier, an experienced pilot, decided he wanted to get back on track piloting. So, he bought an aircraft from an online site before ever seeing it in person.
Since the plane was located in California, Collier had to travel from Michigan to pick it up. Upon arriving, he learned some things that he didn’t like. Firstly, the plane hadn’t been used in more than two years. Worse still was the fact that the components of the aircraft weren’t installed properly. As if that wasn’t enough, the plane’s tail didn’t function perfectly, either.
And yet, in spite of all this, Collier decided he’d go through with the purchase. What followed were seven plane crashes across four states.
Surviving Seven Plane Crashes
The experienced pilot decided to go for a test flight with his new purchase at the end of June 2021. Flying an aircraft didn’t turn out to be just like riding a bike, though, because the pilot forgot to deploy landing equipment. So, the plane landed with a bang. But that was just the beginning.
The second time he flew the plane, Collier found out that the landing lights didn’t work, so he couldn’t see the runway. Again, disaster struck. Collier didn’t think that was enough, got it repaired, and brought it right back up the skies in no time.
The next time he landed hard on the runway, again damaging one of the landing lights. The rest of the crashes happened in Nebraska and several other states. In each of the accidents, something in the plane simply turned off.
Collier has said he’s had his fair share of piloting and accidents and that he’d definitely stay off buying planes online in the future.
Recently, the winner of America’s Got Talent: All-Stars was chosen by the superfans. Following weeks of impressive competition, the title went to self-taught aerialist Aidan Bryant, who expressed his excitement in an interview after claiming the victory, stating that he had worked hard for it and felt that it had really paid off.
Aerialist Won America’s Got Talent
Bryant expressed his satisfaction with winning America’s Got Talent, stating that he was able to showcase a wider range of dynamic skills that he hadn’t previously been able to. He described the win as a significant accomplishment, stating that it was a really big deal for him. Bryant went on to explain that during his previous appearance on the show in season 16, he was less experienced and lacked confidence in his choreography and music choice. However, he learned everything that viewers saw during his latest appearance over the course of the last two years and was eager to show it off.
The Competition Was Tough
It is well-known among fans that Bryant previously competed on season 16 of AGT in 2021 but was defeated by magician Dustin Tavella, an experience that he described as crushing. When he returned to compete on America’s Got Talent stage, Bryant made it clear that he was determined to make the most of his second chance. In an episode of the All-Stars series that aired on January 9th, Bryant stated that he knew he had to seize the opportunity, saying he couldn’t lose to Tavella again. Following the episode, Bryant received the superfan vote and secured a spot in the finale.
During the finale, Bryant delivered a stunning performance that left judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Heidi Klum, as well as host Terry Crews, on their feet. Reflecting on the experience in an interview at the time, Bryant expressed his gratitude for making it to the finals, stating that it was a testament to the hard work he had put in since he was 14 years old, practicing in his backyard tree. He went on to say that his second chance on the show was an opportunity to prove to the world that he had transitioned from being an amateur to a professional aerialist.
As part of the finale, Bryant had the opportunity to perform on stage with Adam Lambert, a former American Idol contestant and current Queen frontman. He was joined by the other finalists, The Bello Sisters. Reflecting on the experience, Bryant spoke highly of Lambert, describing him as awesome and very sweet. Lambert himself had placed second during his time on American Idol in 2009.