What was the scariest moment of your life? Some of us are lucky enough to never be faced with a life or death situation, but for those who have, it shapes who they will be for the rest of their days. Captain Tim Lancaster is one of those people.

Captain Lancaster was flying from Birmingham, England, to Malaga, Spain back in June of 1990. As he was piloting the flight, which had 81 passengers on board, the windshield on his side of the cockpit came loose and was blown out. This caused decompression in the cockpit causing the captain to be abruptly pulled out of the plane.

Luckily for him, his legs became stuck in the flight controls and he wasn’t lost forever. While unconscious, crew members were able to grab a hold of his belt and pants to hang onto him while he was hanging from the plane, being battered from the 300+ mph winds.

British Airways Spokesman Anthony Cocklin said: “The crew were tremendous. We have nothing but praise for them. It was a tremendous example of alertness and we are very proud of them.”

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