The Amazing Story Of How The Windshield Blew Out Of This Jet And The Pilot Almost Got Sucked Out

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In the wake of last weekend’s Southwest Airlines incident, in which a 5-foot hole blew open in the roof of a 737 and forced an emergency landing, other tales of “explosive decompression” are being recalled.In one, an Aloha Airlines 737, the whole front roof blew off and a flight attendant fell to her death.

In another, in 1973, the window of a National Airlines DC10 blew out and the man seated next to it was sucked out.

And back in 1990, the front windshield blew off a BAC 111 bound for Malaga, and the pilot was sucked out. He survived only because another member of the crew grabbed his ankles and held on while the plane dove 17,000 feet and made an emergency landing.

Here, the crewmember who saved the pilot tells the tale >

(And here, Slate explains why no one was sucked out of the Southwest jet)

See Also: A Horrifying First-Person Account Of The Southwest Plane’s Roof Blowing Off

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