DeltaA380 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 84 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1822 times:
Very strange, a couple years ago in OAK I witnessed what was the last 737-700 flight of one of the pilots of AQ243 and I thought he had been the Captain of that flight, I can't remember his name however. Did he maybe retire and then go back to work for AQ or did someone pass out a false story about the guy that was retiring with an OAK/HNL flight as his last run? In any case, he got a nice water cannon salute as he left OAK. (Fire fighters tend to love to do water cannon salutes, it gives them something to break up the tedium. I have had retiring flight attendants in tears and have used it to get a little notice for new or final service, such as mainline OAKDFW for example.) For me, the other interesting thing about AQ243 was that it, like so many other disasters (Waco and the Murro Federal building bombing to name just two,) happened on my birthday. Well, in fairness, except for one very unfortunate flight attendant, AQ243 could better be categorized as a miracle than a disaster.
Aloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2304 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1816 times:
Capt. Schornsteimer never did mainland runs. He pretty much stuck with the 732s on interisland flights. The F/O was a woman (Mimi) and is still flying as far as I know. She does mainland runs on the 700s.
Definately a Miracle, not a Disaster.
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