Nothing builds a Team Like a Nose Dive

FORGET playing paintball. Companies are sending staff to experience a plane crash in simulators run by British Airways as the ultimate team-building exercise.

For £130 a head, employees are taken to a hangar at Heathrow where they board a shortened version of a Boeing 737 mounted on a motion platform.

After “takeoff”, they are plunged into darkness and put into a nose-dive from 3,000ft as the cabin begins to fill with smoke.

Once the plane has hit the ground, the “passengers” have to get out as fast as they can through the front and rear exits. By this stage, the employees are so pumped up that on three separate occasions businessmen have shorn through a half-inch steel bolt by hand so as to lift a 45lb overhead escape hatch and climb onto the plane’s wing.

This goes to show you what some companies will go through to build high performing teams. I recommend a day of Community Building with NorthStar Adventure at Dutch Springs. They will not only get you blood pumping, but will open the lines of communication in your organization, offer trust building opportunities and perform pre & post behavioral assessments to enhance the experience. Visit to learn more.

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