Fighter co-pilot passes out MID-AIR due to high G-force in Florida

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A jet pilot had one of the most terrifying flights of his life when he momentarily passed out mid-flight due to high G-force. 

Alex Kowtun, from West Palm Beach in Florida, had a heart-stopping experience after he lost consciousness while flying an Aero L-39 Albatros fighter-jet trainer.

Mr Kowtun had been invited for an aerobatic piloting session by Scott Farnsworth, airline captain and owner of Farnsworth Aerosports, where he performed high-speed manoeuvres.

But while flying with Mr Farnsworth, the hobbyist airplane pilot momentarily blacks out due to high g-force, terrifying footage shows.

In the video, Mr Kowtun loses consciousness and his head drops forwards for a few seconds while the aircraft continues to fly at high-speed.

Alex Kowtun, from West Palm Beach in Florida, lost consciousness for a few seconds during a high-speed manoeuvre in an Aero L-39 Albatros fighter-jet trainer

Alex Kowtun, from West Palm Beach in Florida, lost consciousness for a few seconds during a high-speed manoeuvre in an Aero L-39 Albatros fighter-jet trainer

A terrifying video shows the hobbyist airplane pilot momentarily black out due to high g-force before regaining consciousness and shouting 'oh s**t'

A terrifying video shows the hobbyist airplane pilot momentarily black out due to high g-force before regaining consciousness and shouting ‘oh s**t’

The pilot looks shocked and shouts ‘oh s**t’ following the terrifying moment, while Mr Farnsworth is also heard asking him ‘are you back?’. 

Mr Farnsworth, who has flown with Mr Kowtun numerous times, laughs and says ‘you said you wanted it’ after the pilot regains consciousness, the footage shows.

Mr Kowtun, who is also an entrepreneur, said: ‘I had trained many times with Farnsworth, but for that flight I wanted to push the jet to its limits and experience how that felt full force.

‘Farnsworth agreed to put me through the test of his entire airshow routine.

‘The one in the video was the last manoeuvre of the routine, a very hard pull with a midfield break over the runway.

‘It was the hardest-g pull of the day and I have zero memory of it, I completely passed out halfway through the turn, game over.’

Mr Kowtun described the experience as ‘humbling’ and said it was a ‘lifelong lesson’ as he ‘thanked god’ that the other pilot was ‘better prepared’.

He added: ‘This experience was the most memorable flight of my life, it reminded me that we are not invincible, it was an amazing ego check.

‘If I had been flying the jet alone and passed out in a similar fashion, it would have been all over for me.’ 

Mr Kowtun was flying with Scott Farnsworth, airline captain and owner of Farnsworth Aerosports, when the heart-stopping incident occurred

Mr Kowtun was flying with Scott Farnsworth, airline captain and owner of Farnsworth Aerosports, when the heart-stopping incident occurred

Pilots undergo high-G training to prevent a g-induced loss of consciousness, which is caused by high levels of acceleration which move blood away from the brain

Pilots undergo high-G training to prevent a g-induced loss of consciousness, which is caused by high levels of acceleration which move blood away from the brain

The footage of the heart-stopping moment has been seen by more than three million shocked viewers since it was shared on TikTok on August 30. 

Farnsworth Aerosports travels with two jets and a tour bus to deliver heart-pounding performances in the sky.

Aviators and astronauts undergo high-G training to prevent a g-induced loss of consciousness caused by high levels of acceleration during flight.

G-forces can move blood away from the brain in high-speed manoeuvres, which can lead to pilots blacking out and can have fatal consequences.

The heart rate also increases to try and provide the brain with necessary blood flow while the acceleration rises.

Mr Kowtun’s terrifying flying experience took place in December 2019.

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