On July 28, 1945, a woman managed to survive after the elevator collapsed from the 79th floor. The incident occurred after a plane hit the Empire State Building.
The B-25 was on a routine flight, piloted by Captain William F. Smith, who had conducted the most dangerous missions during World War II.
Although he had extensive experience, the captain had the misfortune of a foggy day that made it difficult for him to fly even after the control tower assured him that everything was fine. The plane crashed into the tallest building in the world at the time, killing 14 people.
At the time of the impact, a 19-year-old girl, Betty Lou Oliver, was in the elevator, on the 79th floor. The collision damaged the elevator engine, which collapsed in the basement. Fortunately, the young woman survived the impact but cracked her pelvis, back, and neck.
The miraculous survival was motivated by a physics incident, according to which, after the cables broke, they landed under the elevator, creating a damping effect on the collapse.