->''Here's a phrase that apparently the airlines simply made up: "near miss". They say that if two planes almost collide, it's a near miss. Bullshit, my friend. It's a near hit! A '''collision''' is a near miss!\\
"Look, they nearly missed!"''
-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeCarlin'''

So you have a bunch of flying things, usually aircraft, and something's destroying them. [[RuleOfCool How to make it look cool?]] By having one of the planes damaged enough to cause it to veer off course and crash into another airplane.

See also JustPlaneWrong.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Mazinger'' series provides several examples:
** In the ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer tai Anime/GreatMazinger'' feature, ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'' and ''[[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer Duke Fleed]]'' shot a [[{{Robeast}} Vega Beast]] down. It crashed down into the -previously heavily damaged- enemy spacecraft, blowing it up.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Right before his final duel against [[TheDragon Great General of Darkness]] -in the Gosaku Ota alternate manga-, Tetsuya fought a [[GiantFlyer flying]] [[{{Robeast}} War Beast]], an AirborneAircraftCarrier and a VolcanoLair ''at once''. During the battle he picked the flying beast and hurled it against [[AirborneAircraftCarrier Mykeros]], detonating a huge chunk of the ship.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* [[MadScientist Jumba]] actually does this to [[TheDragon Gantu]] at the end of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' with his spaceship (originally a stolen passenger jet) so that Stitch can rescue Lilo.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', a group of [[IncrediblyLamePun dogfighters]] get distracted by a SQUIRREL!! ([[GoLookAtTheDistraction well, not really]]), and proceed to crash into one another.
* Another Pixar example would be the scene in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' where Mater and Finn McMissile are both attempting to flee from Grem and Acer at Tokyo Airport, and in the process one of McMissile's projectiles collides with those of the villains.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The UsefulNotes/WorldWarI film ''Aces High'' has a visually impressive full frontal impact between two bi-planes as its climax.
* Happened in the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'' and the WWII feature film ''Memphis Belle''.
* In Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'', one of the biplanes smashes into another biplane. Possibly justified as Kong did kind of throw the plane at the other one.
* In ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', Starscream shoots up a squadron of F-22's, causing one of them to spin of of control and crash into another one.
* [[TheDragon Rinzler]] actually does this to [[BigBad Clu 2]] at the end of ''Film/TronLegacy''.
* In ''Film/HeadOfState'', a presidential candidate and his running mate have their private jets collide when landing, apparently due to them using their cell phones at the time. This sets up the plot to end up with the main character as the candidate.
* Barely averted in ''Film/LeftBehind2014'', where Rayford Steele tries to avoid a jet without its pilots heading straight for his. The only thing that happens is wing damage, as it causes the jet to leak fuel as it's headed back toward New York.
* ''Film/MemphisBelle'': Luke wants to have a go at firing the guns, and succeeds in shooting down a German fighter--which inadvertently crashes into the rookie crew's bomber. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djIvmaYI9LQ Like this.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A number of episodes in ''Series/BreakingBad'''s second season start with a ColdOpen of a mysterious crime scene that that season finale ultimately reveals to be the wreckage of a MidairCollision that was indirectly caused by the main characters.
* This happens several times on ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* It wasn't shown on screen, but it was invoked by terrorists in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', using a [=MacGuffin=] to crash two planes together.
* ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' occasionally provides a {{Downplayed}} example of two skydivers colliding. Each time it happens, the commentators point out that they had the entire damn sky to play around in and shouldn't have collided.
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'': There's also runway collisions (e.g. "Crash of the Century").
* ''Series/UltraSeven'': Alien Kanan would jam plane communications, causing an accident at the beginning of the episode. Furuhashi himself had a close call.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is one of the most embarrassing ways to fail a mission in the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' games, especially crashing into a bomber you are chasing or a plane you already shot down.
* ''VideoGame/FromTheDepths'': With a physics engine that reacts to a crafts shape, thrust, and drag in relation to its center of mass this is not an uncommon occurrence for dog fighting aircraft. Usually it is caused by the damaged craft suddenly losing control and veering into another craft.
* ''VideoGame/SecretWeaponsOverNormandy'': Can be done, although it's very difficult and does almost no damage to either participant.
* In ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'', collisions between aerospace fighters are almost invariably lethal to both participants, and are often caused when two allied players with NoPeripheralVision clip wings and then smash each other when chasing down a single enemy scout plane. The [[GoodBadBugs magic of the CryEngine physics engine]] means that sometimes clipping wings will launch one player into a vomit-inducing wild spin as they plummet helplessly to the ground.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Happens with Ruby and Jaune in Episode 8.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "A Ward Show" when Principal Lewis plans to kill himself and Steve by driving his car over the Grand Canyon. However, the white man and black boy they encountered earlier are doing the same thing and the two cars collide into each other in mid-air.
* The Vulture Squadron does this on a regular basis on ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines''.
* Happens near the end of the episode of ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' where DonaldDuck is forced to go back into the navy and accidentally tampers with the computer controlling the airplanes on the aircraft carrier.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' there are a bunch of missiles heading toward a bridge so Speedy starts jumping on each of them to change the course so they crash into each other.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This occasionally happens in real life when multiple RC planes are flying in close proximity, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcDKZhBt_Gs here]]
* Very rarely happens in RealLife, though there were cases in WWII of very tightly packed bomber groups having planes be damaged by debris from other planes being destroyed, or fighters being hit by the debris of a slower opponent that was just destroyed. The few pilots foolhardy enough to attempt AirJousting ran a serious risk of this.
** Due to the way that air navigation routes are set up (planes navigating from one recognizable landmark to another, or riding radio waves from radio stations), there are a series of so-called Air Lanes, not entirely unlike highways on the ground. Pilots are reminded to keep an eye out for other traffic wherever these lanes intersect, or over aforementioned landmarks and radio stations. For similar reasons, airports are occasionally the site of collisions.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hainan_Island_incident Occured in 2001 over Hainan Island]] when an American spy plane collided with a Chinese interceptor. The Chinese pilot was killed and the spy plane was forced to land and its 2-dozen crewmembers were detained for 10 days until dipomatic efforts got them released and returned to the U.S.