LOL, Sandy, I hadn't heard that one.
One time flying US Scareways (aka Scary Air) I left Baltimore on a flight to Los Angeles. Sitting next to me is a
couple who were talking about how this was their second attempt to fly to LA on US Airways since the last plane had to
return to the airport because of mechanical problems.
About an hour into the air the pilot comes on and says there's a mechanical problem and we'll have to set down in
Pittsburg. As we're landing he comes back on the PA and tells us to assume the crash position. In all my years of
flying that's the first time I've ever heard that.
So we're sitting in Pittsburg for about 4 hours until they find a flight-worthy plane for us. By this time it's about
10 PM. We all get on, take off, and half an hour into the flight the pilot gets on the PA and tells us there's a
mechanical problem and we'll have to return to Pittsburg. Moans and groans from the passengers. One girl is getting
married in LA in the morning so she's getting pretty pissed.
As we're landing the pilot gets back on the PA and tells us to assume the crash position (mind you, this is a different
airplane than what we had before). So twice in two flights I have to put my head between my legs and, etc.
As we land, barely, the pilot says we'll have to sit on the tarmac. We've lost all hydraulic pressure and can't steer
our way back to a gate. US Airways sends a tug out for us and tows us back to where we can climb down the stairs to
get off. As we're getting off I can hear the pilot and co-pilot pointing up into the front wheel area and saying "That
hole in the hydraulic line must be about as big as my thumb!"
That was in 1988 and I haven't flown US Scareways since then.
Until this trip. But they have a new owner now.
I never said there's no good coffee in the Midwest, just not in hotels and airport business lounges.
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