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"I kind of felt like I had already died and gone to heaven because no one said anything," DiCaprio of his near plane crash

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated January 08, 2016 11:45 AM
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From swimming with sharks to skydiving, Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t been afraid to risk it all for an adrenaline rush – even if the experiences didn’t quite go as planned.

The Revenant star, 41, has opened up before about having a shark jump in his cage and his parachute getting tangled mid-air, but there was one close brush with death that left the four-time Oscar nominee especially shaken: a near plane crash.

“I was on a plane to Russia, and the engine exploded,” DiCaprio said while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday. “I was looking out the window and the entire engine just turned into a fireball.”

DiCaprio, who earned a 2005 Oscar nod for his titular role in The Aviator, explained that this happened shortly after Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made headlines for making an unpowered emergency landing in the Hudson River after multiple birds caused both engines to fail on his plane.

And while everyone on Flight 1549 immediately knew something was wrong when the birds struck the plane, DiCaprio said he was the only one who saw the engine go out on his flight.

“I was the only person there that seemed to see this, but it was a flaming fireball” he explained. “I kind of felt like I had already died and gone to heaven because no one said anything.”

But luckily, the actor did not enter the pearly gates that day. The pilot made an emergency landing and everyone on the flight walked away unharmed.

“All of our tires exploded and there was a hundred different ambulances there and it was on CNN,” he said.

“That was another bummer.”