Season 5 | Episode 9 | Aired 03/18/09
Ajira flight 316 flies through the night as it suddenly hits turbulence. Lapidus and his co-pilot struggle to control the plane. A white light begins to flood the windows, alarms blare, and the plane shakes violently. Lapidus is able to right the plane as the white light washes over them -- and suddenly it's day. Lapidus has no time to figure out why because the plane is about to crash into a jungle-covered island mountaintop! He yells out an order for more power, slams the controls over and they bank steeply around the mountain. The co-pilot screams mayday into his radio. Lapidus spots a smaller island with a dirt landing strip. He aims for it and is able to put the plane down, but they're going too fast and running out of space quickly. They crash into the trees at the end of the runway --
Blackness. Lapidus regains consciousness and sees that a huge tree branch has exploded through the window and impaled his co-pilot. He stumbles into the main cabin and sees the hellish conditions. Luggage and human bodies have been tossed around indifferently. He finds Sun, and she's okay. But where are Jack, Kate and Hurley? Gone, a man says from behind, and Lapidus turns to see Benjamin Linus standing there. Lapidus asks gone where? Ben says how would he know.