British Airways Flight 5390: Captain blown out of window but survived

On June 10, 1990, as British Airways Flight 5390 was en route to Málaga Airport in Spain from Birmingham Airport in England, a windscreen in the flight deck blew out.

The captain, Tim Lancaster, 42, was sucked halfway out of the aircraft, his torso firmly pressed against the window frame for over twenty minutes until co-pilot Alastair Atchison, 39, performed an emergency landing in Southampton Airport.

Below is a heart-stopping recreation of the incident.

Much to everyone’s surprise, Lancaster survived the 345 mph wind and −17 °C (1 °F) temperature. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he was found to be suffering from frostbite, bruising and shock, and fractures to his right arm, left thumb and right wrist. Flight attendant Nigel Ogden suffered a dislocated shoulder, frostbitten face and some frostbite damage to his left eye. Everyone else left the aircraft unhurt.

Less than five months after the accident Lancaster was working again. He later retired from British Airways when he reached the company’s mandatory retirement age of 55. In 2005 Lancaster was reported as flying for easyJet.

Read more about the incident here.

H/t GiGi


14 responses to “British Airways Flight 5390: Captain blown out of window but survived

  1. That is the same flight that Jesus was taking for a visit. The only way to explain it cuz science didn’t save him. And right about now I am sure Hawking’s is realizing that.

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    • Brian . . . . There is no doubt that there was Heavenly intervention in this particular case. It is just unreal that the Captain survived.

      The first thing I thought when I read that Hawking’s had passed away . . . now the atheist knows of a certainty that his atheistic views he held was absolutely invalid. For some reason, I did not particularly like this man. I felt that he held a rather high opinion of himself, which I just did not like–no matter how smart he was.

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      • Auntie Lulu I came too that same conclusion long time ago, about the atheist. And that is why, I tell them there are no nonbelievers in Hades or fox holes. And you’re so right it was their Guarding Angles holding them in place. Sad how some times the really smart ones aren’t so smart after all.☻

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  2. And the mechanic who put the wrong size bolts in…….is fired?

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  3. Amazing, absolutely amazing!

    These pilots had courage, guts and God with them.

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    • DCG . . . . You nailed that! I cannot even imagine how terrified the Captain felt, much less the Co-Pilot. There is no doubt that God was an additional Co-Pilot that day on that flight.

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  4. And he lived to tell it all -his time wasn’t up.

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  5. Never, EVER remove your seatbelt in a pressurized aircraft.

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  6. It’s phenomenal how that crew worked together to do what they did.

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  7. I call BullSH&. I was a co-pilot for a Pilot-ex-husband…and we flew our plane at 28,000 feet. We had numerous problems with “wind waves” flying from NE to CO over the mountains….to Santa FE, NM,…to Las Vegas, NV. I cant even watch this BS story, At 15xxx feet unless you are pressured as we were, to fly at 28,000 feet,..this would not have ever happened. IF my husband, would have been sucked out at 35K feet and survived, it would have been a miracle from God himself. Another BULL@#& story from MSM. At 28,000 feet, the pilot would have been MINCEMEAT…at 35,000 feet like this story reports?….Impossible! Sorry…but the planes maps do not blow out of the airplane, as it is all computerized. And no stewardess, would have been able to “hold the pilots legs in:! Next!….BS MSM…all lies…ask any pilot! Sorry…but decompression, does NOT block the throttles…decompression BLOWS your BRAINS OUT!


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