In my experience that seldom happens unless you are in close spaces (such as a tunnel*), or bank a certain way while jettisoning cargo.
I don't believe I ever saw that bug in the original game either. ^^;
In which case you have to either quit and resume from your last save or save and start a multiplayer game and rescue yourself. There is something about the ai and tunnels, such as no droning and no combat, lol.