I am also not sure, but I am having trouble understanding the Captain's body position outside the aircraft. The only mention is the report is that the captain had the impression that he was laying on his back on the upper portion of the flight deck. When I first heard of this incident I pictured the captain laying on the nose of the aircraft, but I guess that would be impossible with the air pressure. I guess he is lucky that he didn't break his back or both his legs if he was being bent backwards with his feet and lower legs still in the cockpit.
He was laying basically on the "roof" of the flight deck, not the nose. This is the way it was portrayed in CGI in the show, and also described in the show. Given that they had the participation of the investigators, the flight attendants and the pilot in question himself, I'm guessing the show probably had it right.
He was sucked straight up and out, from his seat into the direction of the windscreen directly in front of him, then he was bent backward by the force of the wind before he was fully outside of the aircraft. It looked like his legs actually got caught on the control column as he went out (they said in the show that his legs were "wedged against" the control column, but didn't specifically say it's what stopped him from fully exiting the aircraft). He said towards the end of the show that he couldn't breathe initially because he was facing directly into the wind. He said he then turned his head around backwards and could breathe that way - then he blacked out from the cold. He said he could see the top of the fuselage, the tail, the engines, etc. when he turned around. His shirt was ripped off by the wind, so he was half-naked out there in the 0 degree F temperatures with 300 knot winds blowing at him.
They said when the plane slowed a bit he slid down from the top of the fuselage to the side, still bent backwards. The flight attendant who was holding onto him said he could see his face at this point through the remaining windshield and his eyes were wide open - he assumed he was dead and they almost let him go at that point. I'm sure he was unconscious (he said he remembered nothing after blacking out until he awoke in the ambulance) but the wind had just kept his eyelids open. His face, hands and arms were completely bloodied, probably from being repeatedly slammed against the airplane in the wind.
The description sounds completely morbid until you realize the guy is totally fine now, still flies, and is perfectly happy to talk about his ordeal. In fact it seemed like the flight attendant who was holding onto him was a lot more traumatized by recalling the situation than the pilot was (I can understand that in a way; the pilot was unconscious the whole time, but the F/A had to see some pretty horrible things, or so he would have thought at the time).
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