Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Really Crazy Airline Incidents
1- Aloha Flight 243- The roof is gone, but they landed!
I am not kidding, this is how a plane in 1988 looked upon landing. While at 24,000 feet altitude a hole opened in the roof sucking a flying attendant out of the plane. She was the only person who died from this accident! The plane landed safely.
A plane in South America was hit by lightening strike and crashed in the Amazon jungles in 1971. There was only one survivor who had to walk in the jungle for ten days until she was found!
3- Striking birds:
These beautiful birds can be deadly. A flight taking off from Boston in 1960 struck a flock of starlings , and each of the 4 engines swallowed at least one bird. Sixty-two people were killed. No word about causalities among the birds.
4- Why Your Math Skills are Important:
Whoever filled an Air Canada jet with fuel in 1983 was an idiot. Instead of using the metric system to calculate the fuel needed for the trip he used a different system. The plane landed urgently in an air force base after running out of fuel. Everyone survived.
5- Stupid Terrorists
In 1996, three Ethiopian men hijacked an Ethiopian flight and asked the pilot to fly from Kenya to Australia to seek political asylum. The pilot told them he doesn't have fuel to fly to Australia, but they showed him a manual mentioning that the jet can fly for 11 hours, and dismissed what the pilot told them. When the plane ran out of fuel it crashed into the water near Comoros killing 120 out of 170. Best thing: those three idiots died and the pilot survived. A tourist by the beach taped the plane crashing in water, here's the clip:
6- Stupid Pilot!
This was an internal flight in Brazil between Sao Paolo and a city called Belem in 1989. The pilot tried to locate Belem on his radar, the reading was 027.0 degrees, but he read it as 270 degrees. He headed to a totally different location in the Amazon jungle where no airports or any kind of life existed, and started landing thinking he was landing in the airport. He eventually landed on trees after he ran out of fuel trying to locate the airport. There were 41 survivors. They were locked in the jungle, but some survivors walked 40 kilometers until they found farmers who were able to contact authorities.
Here's a picture of the crashed plane:
7- Half-way to Heaven:
In 1990, a British Airways flight was heading from England to Spain when the windscreen by the pilot's side broke and the pilot was jerked out of his seat, with most of his body hanging out from the window at a 17,000 feet-altitude. Flying attendants rushed into the captain and held him from his feet to prevent him from completely being ejected. The co-pilot made an emergency landing and everyone survived. The pilot was treated and returned to work 6 months later. He now works with an airline called Easy Jet !