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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Video of Fred Taylor’s Africa Plane Flight, ‘Near Death Experience’

Earlier in the week, I told you about NFL player Fred Taylor’s plane flight where the door opened up mid-flight, creating a situation he described as being “near death.” Taylor was not the only NFL player aboard the flight; so were Samari Rolle, Lito Sheppard, and their wives. But another person on the flight was dbinetti, who left a comment to say he had footage of the experience. And without further ado, here it is:

Granted, that doesn’t look as horrible as Taylor made it out to be, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near a situation like that. I mean, you can just hear how dangerous the situation was with the door being open. Check out the description of the video, courtesy of dbinetti:

My wife and I were traveling back from a resort in Kruger National Park on this small propeller plane when the door flew open. We were on the flight with some NFL players — Fred Taylor of the Jaguars, Samari Rolle of the Ravens, and Lito Sheppard of the Eagles. We apparently weren’t in any serious danger, but it was frightening experience nonetheless — it’s not every day you have a door fly open in a small plane over Africa…

For the record, nobody “panicked” or was in danger of “falling out the plane”, as I’ve read in plenty of blogs (amazing how much the story got embellished!) We all were happy to land safely and said a prayer or two, for sure…

BTW, I can also say that all three of those guys and their wives were just the nicest bunch of people you could ever hope to meet — both before and after this incident. The NFL should be proud to have them represent their organization, because they handled themselves with class throughout a fairly harrowing experience.

Going by dbinetti’s account of the event, either the press exaggerated Taylor’s story, or Fred did. Regardless, it’s not a situation I would ever like to find myself in.

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