Matthew McConaughey recounts being ‘in shock’ during turbulence on recent flight to Germany

Matthew McConaughey
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Matthew McConaughey revealed what was going through his mind during a troubled flight to Germany in March.

McConaughey and wife Camila, were flying from Austin, Texas to Frankfurt, Germany when extremely severe turbulence began rocking the plane and it dropped 4,000 feet.

“It’s suspended disbelief. I mean, it’s zero gravity,” the actor told Kelly Ripa on her podcast, “Let’s Talk Off Camera”. “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 – and then everything just comes crashing down.”

“My tray table is what held me down. I did not have my seatbelt on, and there was not a seatbelt warning right before it happened,” he continued.

McConaughey said his first thought was making sure his wife had her seat belt on.

“[We] held hands just saying, ‘OK, is that it? Is there another one coming?’ Another one did come,” he said. “It was odd. You hear people’s reactions. Some people were ghost silent. Some people had big bursts of laughter. And it was not like, ‘Oh, this is fun.’ It was like, ‘I’m in shock.’”

The couple were flying with a friend who was actually a pilot. He assured them the type of plane they were flying on, Airbus A330, were “tested” and “built” to handle the type of turbulence they were experiencing.

For more of the harrowing tale, listen to the podcast on Audacy.

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