Big Brother contestant Ray Shah had a mid-air drama today when a helicopter door burst open in flight sending him into a panic.
The Irishman, who was runner-up in this year’s Channel 4 show, is scared of heights and had to be calmed by fellow passengers.
Former One True Voice singer Anton Gordon was also shaken up by the incident as they returned from a nightclub launch party in Sheffield.
Dane Bowers and Ben Ofoedu from one-time chart-toppers Phats & Small were also in the aircraft and managed to wrestle the door shut during the flight.
They were flying back from an event last night at superclub Gatecrasher One to the heliport at Battersea in south London.
Shah was travelling in a helicopter for the first time and is afraid of heights, according to Gatecrasher spokesman Gerard Franklin.
Franklin said; “It was a scary incident for all of the guys on the helicopter, especially for those who haven’t flown before.
“Dane Bowers and Ben Ofoedu were both very courageous and reacted quickly to close the door and avert what could have been a serious incident and to calm down both Ray and Anton who were clearly shaken by the incident.
“The guys landed safely at Battersea airport and I think they then went straight off to the pub to calm their nerves.”
Guests at the £80,000 (€116,000) bash included members of the Human League, Duran Duran stars Andy and Roger Taylor and glamour girl Jordan.