A passenger who boarded a plane for a flight from Islamabad to Dubai was escorted back off the plane after his unusual prayer filled other passengers and crew members with horror. The man was praying for a plane crash.
Praying for a plane crash
The incident happened on Thursday. Passengers were so terrified by the man’s unorthodox prayer that the pilot had to step in and call airport security, who quickly removed him from the plane, according to Geo TV. According to the news outlet, a man identified only as Khalil started praying for a plane crash as soon as he sat down in his seat. Geo added that the man’s behavior caused panic and fear among passengers and the cabin crew, leaving the pilot with no choice but to ask for help from airport security.
Khalil was scheduled to fly to Australia via Dubai. As of now, it is not clear why he was praying for a plane crash. A prayer for a plane crash is the last thing anyone onboard a plane would want to hear, so we can only imagine the how the other passengers must have felt when he started praying for a plane crash. This is undoubtedly one of the scariest flight stories involving a plane that hasn’t even left the ground yet.
Scariest airplane incidents
Speaking of scary airplane incidents, the passengers of British Airways Flight 5390 on June 10, 1990 may have experienced the most frightening flight of all. The plane was flying from Birmingham, England, to Malaga, Spain when a cockpit windshield blew out. According to a firsthand account of the incident published in The Sydney Morning Herald, the plane was 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) above sea level when it happened.
Due to the sudden loss of pressure, one pilot was partially sucked out of his seat even though he was wearing his seat belt. A flight attendant managed to save the pilot’s life by holding onto his waist, and then the flight officer took control of the plane, which was diving fast.
The pilot who had been sucked out of his seat belt was still hanging with his head banging on the side of the cockpit windshield. At the time, the crew thought he was dead, and someone even suggested releasing him. However, the crew member held onto to him, fearing that if released, his body might get sucked into the plane’s engine, causing more damage. The plane made an emergency landing at Southampton, and luckily, the pilot everyone had thought was dead was found to be alive.
Another scary incident dates back to May 2000 when a Philippine Airlines Flight from Davao City to Manila with 278 passengers and 13 crew members was hijacked. News reports at the time said the man who hijacked the flight had a gun and a hand grenade. He told the pilots to take the plane back to Davao.
However, after the pilots told him that they didn’t have enough fuel, the man ordered them to reduce the plane’s altitude so he could jump out. The man then robbed the passengers and asked the crew to help him with his homemade parachute. One pilot even made a rip cord for the man’s low-quality parachute using a curtain sash. After this, the pilots decompressed the cabin, and one crew member pushed the hijacker out from the rear door. The hijacker left behind his gun and one shoe. According to CNN, he didn’t survive the jump, possibly due to his poor-quality parachute.
Another incident that may have gotten passengers to pray for their lives took place on June 24, 1982, when British Airways Flight 009 lost all four engines. According to The New York Times and other news reports at the time, the British Airways flight was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Perth. Before the loss of the engines, the crew noticed smoke coming from the airplane’s floor and an irritating smell.
The front of the airplane’s engines was also seen to be glowing, suggesting that the engines were on fire. Pilot Eric Moody informed passengers of the situation and asked them to keep their cool and trust the crew. After about 15 minutes, the pilots were able to restart the engines, and they quickly landed the plane in Jakarta. Moody’s announcement to the passengers was later referred to as “a masterpiece of understatement.”
This is what Moody told the passengers: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.”