Shocking Story of Pilot Who Was Sucked out of Plane at 23,000ft and Flight Attendant Caught Him | 22 Words

There's just something about a near miss that just makes us feel alive! And one that's gone viral this week might be one the best yet: An old story of a pilot getting sucked out a plane window has recently taken Twitter by storm. You won't believe your eyes...

There's something utterly thrilling about a near miss.

Flirting with danger but facing none of the consequences is the best of both worlds, in a way.

Whether it's a cooking "close one"...

Nearly dropping something you've spent hours carefully crafting really gets your blood racing.

Or narrowly avoiding injury...

Nothing like nearly being smacked with a ball to get your heart pumping - but with none of the pain.

But the scariest near-miss of all?

Well, that would have to be any involving an airplane - because the stakes are just that little bit too high.

And that's what makes the relief so palpable!

Which is what brings us to the particular near-miss that really shocked the internet this week.

It's really captured the internet's attention.

Because it was just so ... close!

Back in 1990, British Captain Tom Lancaster had one of the scariest experiences imaginable...

Because during a flight, he was sucked out of the cockpit.

Flying between Birmingham in the UK and Malaga in Spain, several of the windows unexpectedly shattered.

Somewhere over Oxfordshire, the unfortunate pilot was suctioned out of the window of the plane.

Flight attendant Nigel Ogden was amazingly able to grab onto Lancaster's legs...

And as you can see in this reconstruction, flight attendant John Heward hung onto him as the plane was landed.

The flight was landed at Southampton airport where the crew was met by emergency services...

And in spite of the horrific ordeal, all members of the crew survived. All we can say is, phew! Want another near-miss? Scroll on for a terrifying one from outer space ...