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Welcome to our Accident Quiz

Quiz I

  1. Can you name the Russian submarine that sank in 2000, after accidental contamination of the torpedo tubes caused a series of explosions?
  2. The flight recorder is a recording device placed in an aircraft to help with the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents; it's also known as a black box, but what is its actual colour?

  3. Give the acronym of the well known British charity that aims to save lives and prevent life-changing injuries which occur as a result of accidents?
  4. In August, 1956, which artist died in a single-car crash while driving under the influence of alcohol?
  5. Which actress sadly died on November 29, 1981, in a death that at the time was ruled an accident by drowning and hypothermia?
  6. What phrase is used to describe an attack by a military force on non-enemies, either by misidentification, or due to errors or inaccuracy?
  7. The Chernobyl accident was a catastrophic nuclear disaster in which modern day country?
  8. Which American dancer died in 1927 when her scarf became accidentally entangled in the wheels and axle of the car in which she was riding?
  9. In August 2016, what sort of accident did Richard Branson suffer in the British Virgin Islands that left him with a cracked cheek, torn ligaments and cuts and bruises to his face and body?
  10. In 1984, Michael Jackson was filming a television commercial for which company when a faulty pyrotechnic went off too early and set his hair on fire?
  11. In 1988, an explosion destroyed which oil production platform in the North Sea?
  12. The Prestige oil tanker spill happened off the coast of which country in November 2002?
  13. Zola Budd accidently tripped Mary Decker in the 1984 Olympic Games in which distance athletics event?
  14. Sonny Bono died on January 5, 1998, of injuries sustained in an accident less than a week after Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a similar accident. What were both doing that resulted in their fatal accidents?
  15. Which actress took a memorable tumble as she headed up the stairs to collect her first Best Actress Oscar in 2013?
  16. Air France Flight 447 crashed on 1 June 2009, in the worst accident in the history of Air France, on its way to which city?
  17. What was the name of the 62-year-old captain of the RMS Titanic?
  18. Apollo 13, the third mission intended to land on the moon, was launched in which year?
  19. Pilot Chesley Sullenberger landed his plane on which river in 2009 after it lost all engine power due to striking a flock of geese?
  20. Which actor died in California, on November 12, 1981, when he slipped on a rug and hit his forehead on a teak bedside table?


  1. Kursk
  2. Bright orange (to aid in their recovery after accidents)
  3. RoSPA
  4. Jackson Pollock
  5. Natalie Wood
  6. Friendly Fire
  7. Ukraine
  8. Isadora Duncan
  9. Cycle accident
  10. Pepsi
  11. Piper Alpha
  12. Spain
  13. 3000 metres
  14. Skiing
  15. Jennifer Lawrence
  16. Rio de Janeiro
  17. Captain Edward John Smith
  18. 1970
  19. Hudson River
  20. William Holden

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