When the plane dropped by, Matthew McConaughey "immediately reached over, made sure Camila had her seatbelt on."
Matthew McConaughey is thinking back on his time spent on a Lufthansa flight that encountered significant turbulence earlier this month. The 53-year-old Academy Award winner and his wife, Camila Alves, were on board the flight when it had to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport in Virginia while en route from Austin, Texas, to Frankfurt, Germany.
"It's suspended disbelief. I mean, it's zero gravity," McConaughey said in a snippet from his upcoming appearance on the Let's Talk Off Camera podcast that was released on Tuesday, April 11, per PEOPLE. McConaughey elaborated on the situation when the plane dropped by saying he "immediately reached over, made sure Camila had her seatbelt on."
"My tray table is what held me down," he shared with podcast host Kelly Ripa. "I did not have my seatbelt on, and there was not a seatbelt warning right before it happened," he added, calling the experience a "hell of a scare."
"Your red wine and the glass and the plates that your food was on are all suspended, floating, still just in the air. And to look at it for that long, which wasn't that long — one, two, three, four [seconds] — and then everything just comes crashing down," he continued.
The Dallas Buyers Club star admitted that he found solace in his pilot friend who was seated next to him throughout the harrowing experience. "I happened to have a friend of mine sitting next to me who was a pilot. And he was calm as could be," said McConaughey. "I was like, 'Can the plane hold that?' And he was like, 'These things are so tested that yes, don't worry, the plane structurally can hold that.' That was a big relief."
Camila Alves also revealed video evidence of the damage inside the aircraft after it made an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in an Instagram post, per PEOPLE. The Brazilian entrepreneur and model, 41, posted about her memories of the flight, saying that "the plane dropped almost 4000 feet."
"On flight last night, the plane dropped almost 4000 feet, 7 people went to the hospital, Everything was flying everywhere," Camila wrote in the caption. "To respect the privacy of those around me that's all I am showing but the plane was a CHAOS. And the turbulence keeps on coming." The mother of three wrote further in the post, "The @lufthansa flight you are seeing on the news today!!!! Yes … that one. Thank God everyone was safe and ok."
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