Incredible stories of cabin crew who saved passengers during hijackings and ...

Flight attendant hero story hijack crashGetty/PAFlight attendants: Brave stories of cabin crew who saved hundreds of passengers

The aviation industry recently recorded the safest year on record, with 2017 having no commercial fatalities.

According to Aviation Safety Network and Dutch aviation consulting firm To70, the fatal accident rate is one for every 16 million flights.

Despite this, a number of shocking tales in the past have revealed terrifying incidents that occurred during a flight.

Terrorist attacks, engine failures and onboard accidents are just some of the most dangerous things to happen in the air.

Within the accidents, inspirational stories emerged of some of the heroic crew members who ended up saving the lives of the passengers onboard.

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Neerja was shot and killed while shielding children onboard

Neerja Bhanot, Pan Am

The 22-year-old flight attendant and model was travelling on Pan Am Flight 73 when it was taken over by four terrorists in 1963.

Born in India, Neerja was working with the cabin crew when the incident occurred at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

The terrorists asked the flight crew to hand over all passports onboard, something which Neerja and other crew disobeyed by hiding any which were US citizens, realising they were the targets.

After 17 hours in a hostage situation, the terrorists started shooting and when they ran out of bullets, passengers managed to escape.

Neerja was shot and killed while shielding children onboard. Of the 360 passengers, 20 were killed.

Her death came just one day before her 23rd birthday, and her parents set up the Neerja Habnot Pan Am

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