On her way home to Oklahoma from a three-day, 60-mile walk to benefit the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research fund (click to watch Trisha's personal reflections on the fight against breast cancer) last week, Yearwood took an unfortunate detour.
While miles in the sky, passengers heard a disturbing noise. “We had been in the air for almost an hour when we heard a loud pop,” says Yearwood.
What she said sounded “almost like a gunshot” was in fact the cracking of the front left window of the plane at 30,000 feet.
“The flight attendant came back and told us to remain calm,” says Yearwood. “That’s when we saw the two pilots with the oxygen masks on. Hearing them breathe like Darth Vader made it a little harder to stay calm.”
Though the crack in the window became larger and larger, the pilots made an emergency landing in Baltimore before the break had a chance to affect control of the plane.
Yearwood wasn’t the only musician to make it through a plane emergency recently: Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson walked away from a plane crash in Ontario, Canada, this Sunday morning.
“We never lost cabin pressure,” says Yearwood, “so we didn’t have to use our oxygen masks. I can’t imagine what might have happened if that window had shattered at 30,000 feet!”
Despite the drama, which continued on the ground with firetrucks and emergency crews, the singer made the best of it.
During her three-hour wait for another plane she headed to Phillips Seafood at the Baltimore Harbor’s Light Street Pavillion for a “fantastic” dinner.
Says Yearwood: “We toasted to surviving the three-day walk – and the emergency landing!"