"American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks is lucky to be alive after his private plane nearly crashed when an engine blew while in mid air.
The singer said the incident went down Wednesday, Oct. 26, while flying from Tennessee to Alabama. He detailed the terrifying experience with TMZ.
"I'm asleep in the copilot chair and I wake up to this muttering sound and I knew that the pilot was going to descend," he said. "And as soon as we descended to about 7,000 feet, two of the pistons blew, oil went everywhere and the engine stopped and the rotor blade stopped in midair."
Taylor, who said his life flashed before his eyes, said he knew there was nothing he could do to make the situation better.
While this was going on, he said he "looked over and I just thought to myself, 'What can you do?'"
"It was literally something out of a movie," he said, adding that he realized the whole thing was "very serious" after the air traffic controller asked the pilot "how many souls" he had aboard the jet.
"You're absolutely helpless in this situation because, you know, we lost a complete engine. Luckily, I was on a twin-engine private aircraft. And I just felt like my life and all of our lives kind of flashed before our eyes a little bit," he said. "And we were just very thankful and very blessed that we had a wonderful, graceful, amazing pilot that was able to handle this situation, and it was literally unbelievable how he sat that plane down from going from two engines to one engine."
The pilot was able to land at a rural airport in Jasper, Alabama and everyone was shaken, but otherwise okay.
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