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Peter Gabriel wrote farewell notes during scary flight

Peter Gabriel wrote farewell notes during scary flight

Peter Gabriel developed a crippling fear of flying after a terrifying mid-air incident. Photo: Associated Press

Peter Gabriel developed a crippling fear of flying after he was involved in a series of terrifying mid-air incidents.

The former Genesis star admits he has been through “periods” of being scared to board jets after one frightening flight during which he penned farewell notes to his family as he was so convinced the plane would crash.

He also endured several similar near-misses and admits the scary moments took their toll on his nerves.

Gabriel tells Mojo magazine, “Pan Am (defunct airline Pan American World Airways) had started doing mileage programmes. I got up to 100,000 miles from touring, so I booked a free flight from L.A. to Rio… After we took off, the plane developed a fault – something with the landing gear – and the pilot told us we had to fly over the Pacific and dump some fuel. That’s when everyone became very scared, writing farewell letters. I even scribbled some notes… The pilot got us down, thank God…”

“No (it didn’t put me off flying). I got on another plane the next day. But I’ve been in about four situations like that, and I did go through periods of being scared of flying.”

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