The episode of the good doc's syndicated show, airing Friday, Feb. 20, covers everything from major mishaps to Muppets and more. Dr. Phil personally selected a few viewers from the thousands who applied by e-mail to visit his Dallas digs, and tag along as he visits "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "The Bernie Mac Show." On tonight's ET, we give you a sneak peek at all the action!
The life strategist also will be showing footage from last December's near-disaster when his Gulfstream II jet filled with smoke just as it was about to take off!
"I had just finished a live event in Houston and went straight to the airport with a lot of the folks that were working with me on that," Dr. Phil tells ET. "We were preparing for takeoff and had taxied out to the active runway and all of a sudden the cabin filled up with this foggy-like white substance and it just went zero/zero in the cabin. You couldn't see a darn thing."
Dr. Phil has been a pilot since he was 16 years old. He has been through a number of instances on airplanes where his life was in jeopardy, so he was no stranger to danger and was able to keep a cool head. He told ET that in such instances the important thing to do is assess the immediate risk and then act. In this instance there wasn't a clear and present danger. Still, the best course of action was to de-plane and that is what they did.
"We had no visibility, so we had to use whatever methods we could to exit the airplane," he explains. "There is a main door, of course, and then there are the two emergency exits over the wing. Fortunately, I was very familiar with the plane so we pulled the windows and began working on the main door to get that open."
There were 13 people on board, including Dr. Phil's two personal pilots, his brother-in-law and staff members, and all made it to safety, because everyone worked together.
When I was watching it happen on TV the capt. came out and started to pull the siding out off the walls and they exited out a window. This seems strange to me because they were still parked at the stand and were just getting started up. I find it a little stupid to do that b/c it rips up the interior. Is there some type of rule to this? Thanks for the info!