The Time I Thought My Plane Was Going to Crash

Jordan Mendiola

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It’s the year 2013, and I’m flying from Germany to the Philippines with my family for my cousin’s wedding.

At this point, I’m only thirteen years old, and I was asked to be the best man. Pretty crazy, right?

Anyhow, my family and I were on our flight for our twelve-hour flight when things got spicy.

The spicy pretzels the servers brought us were definitely spicy, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Halfway through the flight, the plane was literally free-falling for a good fifteen seconds, and guess where I was?

The bathroom.

My head banged against the ceiling because gravity was winning that battle, and I genuinely believed I was going to die that day.

This is how I was going out — in this smelly-ass bathroom of a twelve-hour flight. Everyone’s screaming and shrieks alerted me that this was the end.

When getting in a plane crash is one of your biggest fears like me, then it’s a pretty exhilarating sense of relief to survive a potential crash.

If you ever feel some intense turbulence on your flights, keep your butt to your seat because it’s not worth getting stuck in the bathroom during a free-fall.

Happy flying!

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