I was in a plane crash once and I was the pilot. It was the first time i experienced the life flashing before your eyes thing that people talk about. Oh and a sex experience probably was on par :)
Wow, not sure which one was the most thrilling for you. lol
It's a long story but basically I was 16 and flying a glider on my own up the side of a 6000 ft mountain near where I live called Mt Bogong. It was my first mountain flying flight and I was inexperienced when it came to potential changing weather conditions in mountainous areas. I was transfixed with the eagle out on my wing who was circling with me in increasingly fast updrafts close to the cliff face of the mountain. It became like a high speed elevator and I was so excited, but I didn't notice an impending cold front quickly moving in from the opposite side of the mountain. When I got to about 9000 feet, suddenly the front was upon me, I was climbing at over 3000ft per minute and suddenly had been sucked into frontal cloud and everything turned black and violent. I was thrown around like a lifeboat in an ocean storm. I couldn't tell which was up or down and I was frantically trying to stabalise my airspeed which was alternating between stalling and exceeding 200kmph. I was expecting that the wings would be ripped off and I wasn't wearing a chute, but I kept ending up in spins which I had to recover from, but I was watching the air speed indicator spiraling down and wondering if I was over the mountain and would crash into it at any moment or if I had drifted over the lower plains. At one moment I had that life flashing before your eyes thing, where for a second I froze and I saw amazingly clear images of things that happened to me when I was really young.... things that were inconsequential but for that moment I saw them clearly. I guess I could have stayed frozen but for reasons I don't know, I just focused after that on trying to keep control with zero visibility and watching the altimeter unwind knowing that when it hit zero or earlier that would be the end. Yet it got to 500 feet and suddenly I came out of the cloud, everything was calm and I saw the runway close by. There was still a 50 knot crosswind and I landed sideways skidding through a couple of runway marker demolishing them, yet I emerged unscathed with the chief flying instructor totally freaking out at me. I think he was more embarrassed that he let me fly there without adequate training.
This pic was taken by a passenger a few weeks before
Thanks, yeah I was embarrassed at the time, but now i think it's pretty cool. I guess most kids were in school and stressing over their homework but I got to live on the edge... for a short while :)
Thanks, yeah if there was ever a time where a kid had to take complete responsibility for their situation with no adult input it was that one.
It made me realise that I can be seconds from death and still focus.
That was a great story. Thanks for sharing it.
Thanks! It's not something I've really been able to share before except on here.
Wohh that sounds really scary, and now you're alive and you've got a bad ass story to tell!
That wasn't your life flashing before your eyes, Dallas. That was my auntie's. An easy mistake to make. ;o)
I knew there was a reason I kept seeing images of the kettle on and scones in the oven
My auntie had an OBE (Out of Body Experience) and said she was surfing with a bunch of kangaroos. We always thought she had had too much LSD, but now it makes more sense...
Ooh, so she had a vision of my beach?
She had a vision of something, alright. Maybe we put her in the grave a bit too early, that time.
On a carnival ride that got stuck up in the air, and upside down, for about 10 minutes, I thought I was dying.
Getting shot in the same shoulder, again, got the adrenaline pumping.
I'm sorry I don't know wether to laugh or actually believe you and be serious about it
I was serious about the injury itself, but I take it lightly these days, so laughing about it is always a better option.
Ahh I hope you feel okay now! And yes of course taking this lightly is definitely a better option :)
Skydiving? That's one awesome thing! Did you jump by yourself ?
That sounds so cool !! I'm glad you loved it that much and I really want to try it this summer :)
Maybe it would happen that you would be the trainer haha
Probably my first real fight when I was around 13.
Different times for different reasons. For example the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster vs the adrenaline rush of being pulled over by cops vs the adrenaline rush of possible eviction. All very different.
Back road country racing which wasn't a very smart idea.