10 Crazy Stories About Ric Flair
The 1975 crash was not the end of Flair’s bad experiences with planes. Here’s the story he told on Dan Le Batard’s ESPN Radio show about that time he got hit with a lightning bolt and survived.
“I was getting off a plane in Richmond, Virginia. They didn’t have the jetways back then, back in the late ’70s, and I was late for a match. I was World Champion then, I was wrestling [Ricky] Steamboat at the Richmond Coliseum. Finally…they let us all get off the plane. I got off, I was walking, and I didn’t go 10, maybe 15 feet, and all of a sudden, I felt this pressure boom, and man, my umbrella shot 50 feet in the air. I thought, ‘What the hell?’ Lightning hit the top of my umbrella, bounced off, and hit the guy in the eye five feet behind me and killed him. Right there. I just stood there looking at the guy and froze, it scared me to death. People were running out the door to get the guy.”