17 August 2005

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Report: Passenger May Have Attempted to Save Flight

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Report: Passenger May Have Attempted to Save Flight

This is really something. Can you imagine, rushing into the cockpit, moving the pilot and copilot out of the way, taking control of the aircraft and making a spectacular landing to save everyone! You would be doing shaving cream and beer commercials before the end of the week.

Except.....

Here in the U.S. we have that really cool flight compartment door. You know, the one that was installed after 9/11 that can withstand a hand grenade, RPG, or all of the kicking and screaming passengers onboard as the plane they're flying in slams into the ground at 600mph. You see they have secured the door during all flight operations, so your first response after taking care of yourself had better be to save a fight attendant. They can get into the cockpit and then you can save the day.

If this was a pressurization leak at 37,000 feet, you had better grab that oxygen mask fast, you only have a few seconds before you're asleep. And then remember, ANY landing you can walk away from is a good one.

It's been a tough week for aviation, and for all of those families that have lost someone, God Speed.
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