The truth about Sandra Bullock’s near-fatal plane crash

When it comes to some of Hollywood’s most popular and brightest stars, Sandra Bullock is among the best. Bullock has acted in many well-known films, including Miss Congeniality and The Blind Side. According to IMDb, she has 59 acting credits and she has helped produce 17 films.

In June, Bullock shared some surprising news with fans when she announced she was retiring from acting to spend more time with her two children, Louis and Laila. “I don’t want to be tied to anyone’s schedule but my own. I’m so burned out I’m so tired and so incapable of making healthy, wise decisions and I know it.” Bullock told The Hollywood Reporter. Unfortunately, Bullock did not share any further details about the suspension.

Since Bullock has spent a good chunk of her life acting in films and has said she considers herself “lucky,” she was stuck at a crossroads. “It was like constantly opening a fridge and looking for something that was never in the fridge,” she told the outlet. “I said to myself, ‘Stop looking for it here because it doesn’t exist here. Believe it or not, many parts of Bullock’s touted career may not have happened since she was involved in a near-fatal plane crash.

Sandra Bullock narrowly escaped death

In 2000, Sandra Bullock had an uncanny encounter with a plane that almost took the actor’s life. According to The Guardian, Bullock and her then-boyfriend, musician Bob Schneider, were traveling from Austin, Texas, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in a Hawker twin-engine corporate jet (aka a private plane) when it skidded off the runway. Luckily, Bullock, Schneider and the two pilots on board escaped unharmed, but the plane was severely damaged.

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AirSafe suspects the incident was due to pilot error due to poor weather conditions at Jackson Hole and the lack of runway lighting. At the time, Teton County Sheriff Bob Zimmer told the New York Post that the plane may have “killed.” To give a better picture of the timeline, Bullock’s film Miss Congeniality hit theaters the next day.

Bullock spoke about the incident on an episode of The Late Show With David Letterman, calling the ordeal “patchy.” She continued, “You think your whole life would flash before your eyes, but nothing happened. I kind of got nothing, which is sad, which I’ll really have to deal with at some point.” Like the AirSafe report, Bullock confirmed to Letterman that the pilot missed the runway. Interestingly, a similar scenario occurred in Bullock’s 1999 film Forces of Nature, where she and Ben Affleck are caught in a plane crash on takeoff – the catalyst for their on-screen love story.

In Sandra Bullock’s other scary airplane incident

If you can believe it, the 2000 crash wasn’t the only time Sandra Bullock collided with a plane. If you include the Forces of Nature movie scene in the equation, she was actually involved in three plane incidents. According to Entertainment Weekly, the star had another private plane incident, but it was due to her own personal error. “I’m not just clumsy. I’m hurting myself,” Bullock said, explaining that she and Harry Connick Jr. were making press rounds for their 1998 film Hope Floats when she and a private jet got into a scuffle.

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“I ran to get my bag, turned around, and all I remember is this flash of light, and then my glasses flew off,” the Oscar winner admitted. “I had no idea what had happened. And Harry just said, ‘No one says anything. She just ran into the wing.'” Unfortunately, there was no first-aid kit and Bullock cut the skin above her eye, so they improvised easy . “We found a bottle of vodka and I cut up some plasters and put a butterfly bandage over the cut. I had a black eye so I couldn’t even do the press party,” she shared.

Although Bullock missed most of the press rounds for Hope Floats, the film still did fairly well at the box office. According to The-Numbers, it grossed just north of $81 million. Not too shabby if you ask us!