British Airways Flight, Pilot Survived Being sucked Out Window, 1990
British Airways Flight, Pilot Survived Being sucked Out Window, 1990, According to the International Air Transport Association, on average, 8 million people fly every day. Over 3 billion people take to the skies each year, so it’s safe to say that commercial flights are something that will affect everyone’s life at some point. Knowing the number of flights taking place across the globe each day, it seems self-evident that most flights go off without a hitch. The chances of being injured in a plane crash are so low that it makes aviophobia seem a little silly.But then you hear the story of British Airways Flight 5390, and being afraid of flying starts to make a lot more sense.
On June 10, 1990, British Airways Flight 5390 took off from Birmingham, England and headed towards Malaga, Spain. The plane, a BAC 1-11, was carrying 81 passengers and four flight crew.
The plane took off without incident and was gaining altitude for 20 minutes when passengers heard an explosion.
The cause of the disturbance was the left windscreen of the cockpit had separated from the plane.
To put this in perspective, it would be as if you were driving and your windshield just randomly flew off. Except you’re driving at over 500 miles per hour and suspended at 23,000 feet in the air.
As a result of the malfunction, the pilot, Captain Timothy Lancaster, was ripped from his seat and sucked out of the missing cabin window.
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