Comments:Passenger jet lands safely at Newark Airport after pilot dies

Latest comment: 15 years ago by Ospalh in topic "The" pilot?

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This happens more than you might imagine, actually, although obviously it is unusual. It is generally viewed (iirc, but feel free to correct me) as a non-emergency situation if the pilot is clearly dead and not a medical emergency in his own right, since the co-pilot is perfectly capable of controlling the aircraft without assistance. It is more of a pan pan situation. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 18:19, 18 June 2009 (UTC)Reply

Nonetheless the thought is still unnerving. I mean I was on the exact plane that crashed in Buffalo just a month before it crashed. That thought alone is scary. Then if I were on this plane? Man I just have to say Continental has not had good luck lately. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 19:21, 18 June 2009 (UTC)Reply
I've had three such tales. I was over Concorde as it was crashing. We worked out from the time of the accident and tracked our flight back, we were in the area at the time. I also had to divert from a planned airport to a capital city after a (brakes? thrust reversers? can't remember) failure left us needing a lot more runway. Pitch dark, they lined the runway with fire trucks and blue lights. The third was the scariest, and the one the fewest knew about. They never did admit we were having control problems, but I'd read enough accident reports to know we weren't flying safely and seen enough scared faces to know what the flight attendants knew. I fully expected fatalities after we passed a flat field without taking the chance to belly down and reached a ploughed one; we eventually made the runway although it must have been close for getting over the fence. "I hope you had a nice flight," was the departing comment. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:58, 18 June 2009 (UTC)Reply

Just wondering what they did with the pilot's body until they landed.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)

"The" pilot?


It's silly to talk about the pilot of a jet liner. They have two (or more): the captain and the co-pilot, who is fully qualified to fly the plane. It's plane to see why. As there was still a pilot left, (there were two in this case,) it's not much of a story, the personal tragedy aside.--Ospalh (talk) 07:14, 19 June 2009 (UTC)Reply