On an air ambulance flight from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Seattle, a window blew out of the aircraft at 6 000m and nearly sucked out of the cabin a critical-care nurse, Chris Fogg, who was on board with a patient.

Fogg has worked 24 years for the Ada-Boi air ambulance service his father owns and managed to keep his cool and safe himself but it wasn’t easy. His whole head and his right arm were pulled outside the window, so he could see the tail of the plane and his headset dangling out of the plane. Parts of the equipment, charts, his eye glasses and packages went flying out of the cabin. Fogg suffered cuts to his head.
The decompression occurred when Fogg unbuckled from his seat and tried to reach for some water.

Fogg, who is 41, 1,83m tall and weighs 100kg believes that his size may have helped him not getting sucked out of the twin-engine turboprop plane.

He reported his left hand being on the ceiling and holding him in while his knees were up against the wall to The Seattle Times. He pushed very hard for air between his chest and the window to break the suction and pull himself back inside the aircraft.

The patient who was on board was on oxygen and saw the whole thing. He is a Vietnam veteran and suffered flashbacks of being shot out of the air while the whole thing was happening.

The pilot did know that the cabin had decompressed but did not realize that the window had broken as well. He put the airplane into a dive to a safe altitude of 3 000m and made an emergency landing in Boise where Fogg was rushed into the hospital, where he got 13 stitches in his head.

The next day he was back at work.