Sometimes, a few inches and mere seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
Take for instance a Russian florist who narrowly avoided being crushed to death by a wayward car that had crashed into her shop.
The car, which was being driven by a man who claimed he fell asleep at the wheel, tore through the shop and came to a stop centimetres from the terrified woman.
Then there's the UK cyclist who was very nearly run over by an oncoming train after ignoring warning signs.
Or the British man who miraculously escaped a tree branch that fell in the exact spot he'd been standing seconds earlier after being struck by lightning.
Scroll through our glance for more extraordinary near miss videos.
He was an inspiration to millions and a magnet for world leaders and celebrities.
As if simply bringing a plane into lands was not difficult enough, imagine trying to safely bring one down in powerful winds.