plummet to earth

plummet (down) to earth

To freefall down to the ground from a very great height. He teetered precariously on the edge of the building before plummeting to earth. The plane was plummeting down to earth when the pilot managed to get one of the engines back online and pulled the aircraft out of its freefall.
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plummet to earth

to fall rapidly to earth from a great height. The rocket plummeted to earth and exploded as it struck. As the plane plummeted to earth, all the people on the ground were screaming.
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However, the catharsis of entering free fall -- where you plummet to Earth at 166 feet a second -- is indescribable.
An artist's depiction shows Tiangong-1, the Chinese space station that will plummet to Earth soon.
I mete I am meting Shooting stars plummet to earth attracted
Bobbo had described his rapid fiery plummet to earth, and how he thought of his wife and children as he looked death in the face.
I prayed to the Gods of Chunky Burds not to let me fall out, get stuck or plummet to earth. Two words.
Russia''s space agency Roscosmos predicted that only between 20 and 30 fragments of the Phobos probe with a total weight of up to 440 pounds would survive the re-entry and plummet to Earth. The Phobos-Ground weighed 14.9 tons, and that included a load of 12 tons of highly toxic rocket fuel intended for the long journey to the Martian moon of Phobos and left unused as the probe got stranded in orbit around Earth.
MOSCOW, Safar 21, 1433, Jan 15, 2012, SPA - Russia's space agency says its failed Mars moon probe will plummet to Earth within hours.
After all, the $400-million project is across from the Great American Ballpark, the diamond where the Cincinnati Reds ply their craft and where thousands of tourists and others would be walking around in summertime, easy targets for a wayward construction crane, should it get any nasty ideas and decide to plummet to earth: You get the picture.
The breakthrough didn't come as perhaps it's supposed to, and I haven't done anything really grown up, like buying a Black and Decker Workmate or subscribing to the Economist, it was just that, after seeing yet another speculative pounds 20 note plummet to earth in the wake of a lumbering handicap steeplechaser, I realised I'd been punting for 38 years and I was still doing my conkers on a weekly basis while my three-year-old wandered round in rags and stole food from neighbours' dustbins.
'But agitated by the violence of the wind and a current of air, as well as by the consciousness of his rash attempt, he fell and broke both his legs.' The scene resembles one of those animated cartoons, when Tom or Sylvester chase a mouse off a cliff and only plummet to earth when they realise where they are.
Can you imagine the chaos as the sky filled with bodies and the casualties that would plummet to earth?
The building is 630ft tall and the pair will plummet to earth at 75 km per hour.
Then the skies will fill with the coloured smoke of the country's premier Royal Artillery Parachute Team The Black Knights who will free-fall from nearly 12000 ft, and plummet to earth at up to 130 mph.
Then the skies will fill with the coloured smoke of the country's premier Royal Artillery Parachute Team, The Black Knights, who will freefall from nearly 12,000ft, plummet to earth at up to 130mph and perform a range of `air-o-batic' stunts and canopy formations before landing with pinpoint accuracy.