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Johnny Depp fares better on the high seas than in the sky.

In a new interview with Life magazine, the 48-year-old actor opens up about a near-death flight he recently took with Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson.

"The plane just shut down," Depp explains. "The sound of the engines stopped. There was silence. Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, 'Is this it?' It was like this weird extended moment when you're just floating for a second and you could feel this unpleasant descent."

"Nobody said a word except for Bruce and I, sitting next to each other saying, 'Oh sh-t! This is death; I guess this is how it goes down,'" Depp says. "Then we burst into hysterical laughter at the idea that this was how we were going to die."

Depp and Robinson, 65, were relieved when the engines suddenly started back up and. "I guess you could say that was a big bonding experience for Bruce and me," Depp says. "For a moment there, we were going down together."