In June, 1990, a commercial jet took off for what was supposed to be an uneventful flight from England to Spain. What actually transpired was one of the strangest disaster stories in aviation history.
Once the flight was safely at its desired altitude, the pilots took off their shoulder harnesses and loosened their seat belts. Just then, a huge "bang" resonated throughout the aircraft, and a cockpit window flew out. The pilot was jerked out of his seat and through the window, saved only by wrapping his legs around the flight control.
This interference, combined with the flight deck door being blown out onto the navigation controls, caused the plane to accelerate and descend. The co-pilot set about righting the craft, while a flight attendant held on to the pilot (now halfway out of the plane).
While emergency landing procedures were being executed, the pilot was thrashed by 345 mph wind, and soon lost consciousness due to the thin air. The flight attendants observed the pilots face repeatedly smashing against the cockpit window, eyes wide open. When they noticed he wasn't blinking, there was no doubt in their minds he had perished. Still, the co-pilot ordered the crew not to release him, hoping to give his body a decent burial.
After safely landing the plane, an emergency crew recovered the pilot. Everyone in the crew was shocked when the pilot was declared to be quite alive, and doing fairly well considering his plight. At the hospital, they discovered frostbite, bruising, and some arm fractures. The pilot made a full recovery and returned to piloting airplanes not 5 months later.