- It would be virtually impossible to survive ejection from an airplane at 30,000 feet.
- A rapid drop in oxygen and extraordinarily cold conditions would be just two of the deadliest consequences.
- People have been sucked through holes in airplanes before, but skilled pilots can often save the day.
The hole that ripped through the ceiling of a commercial airplane at cruising altitude last week may, for some, have brought to mind the pilot of the TV show "Lost." In that dramatic episode, an airplane breaks in half, and passengers go flying through a gaping hole in the fuselage.
For passengers on Southwest flight 812, the consequences were far milder: Soon after its takeoff from Phoenix, the plane made an emergency landing, and everyone was fine.
But people have been hurled through holes in cruising airplanes before. And that raises an important, if gruesome question: What would happen to you if you were sucked into the atmosphere at 30,000 feet?
The prognosis, experts say, would not be good.