Saturday, June 19, 2010

Learning to Fly, on the Fly

Ever try landing a jumbo jet?

We've all seen it on TV and in the movies, haven't we? The pilot gets shot, the co-pilot gets a heart attack, and only our hero who gets a bag of peanuts in business class can save everyone. Brian Palmer of Slate tells us how it can be done, with the assistance of a flight attendant who managed to keep her head.

A flight attendant had to fill in for a sick co-pilot on a Chicago-bound American Airlines flight Monday. If she had been alone in the cockpit, could someone on the ground have coached her through the landing, as in the movies?

It's possible, but ...

Hey, I earned the Aviation Merit Badge when I was fifteen. How's that?

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