I was joking around and trolling myself on Twitter–mostly because I’ve been home sick all day and the cabin fever is really setting in.
So I posted this in response to a (maybe not the best) title of mine.
— Jeanne (@Jeanne23) June 21, 2016
— BoardingArea (@BoardingArea) June 21, 2016
Reader Nikki send me a link in response, and I’ve been watching this ever since.
It was to a documentary about an emergency on British Airways Flight 5390 on June 10, 1990. The window screen on the captain’s side of this flight was improperly installed and separated during flight. The rushing air caused the captain to fly out of the plane, but he was saved by a flight attendant who grabbed onto his belt. He remained pressed up against the outside of the plane for the rest of the flight.
The flight attendant held him outside for the remaining 22 minutes, developing frostbite, all while not knowing if the captain were alive or dead.
Once the plane landed, the captain was miraculously alive. He suffered frost bite, broken bones, and shock. But he was alive.
The video is really worth a watch. Especially when the crew talks about having to decide whether or not to leave the captain for dead (mostly because they all assumed he was dead by that point!)
They ultimately decided to keep holding him. The flight attendant talks about how he stopped being able to feel his hands. But he still kept holding the captain, and that’s what saved his life.