Mt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6838 posts, RR: 6 Posted (9 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5462 times:
For all you spanish speaking folk.
He landed an engine-less 737-300 on a levee during a storm. He only had one eye. He continues flying A320s for TACA and owns an aviation school. He goes on telling the story of how a bullet went thru his eye while flying a small plane
He also tell show he managed this amazing landing. Including how they had invited several people to the cockpit to show them the "technological marvel" that they were flying!
Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5416 times:
I was actually going to post a thread about the article after I read it yesterday, but somehow I forgot. Thanks for posting it!
Wow... it left me speechless. The detailed account of the NO levee incident is truly impressive. But I guess what impressed me the most was his overall determination... I mean, 3 months after losing his eye due to a bullet, he already had his medical certificate and was ready to fly again! Admirable indeed.
Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
TEBguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4765 times:
Quoting RichM (Reply 7): ...howcome he's allowed to fly with one eye?
When you loose 1 eye, you only loose a small percentage of your feild of vision. For example, if you lost your left eye, you would only loose a tiny bit of your feild of view on your left side, your remaining eye is more than capeable of providing a wide feild ofview. The down side is you loose all depth perception.
Remember, taking off is optional, landing is mandatory.
Jetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4668 times:
I was sitting at home that day in New Orleans watching television when they interrupted the program to tell us a jet had just landed on a levee. As I recall, the aircraft encountered a "wall of water" (it rains in New Orleans like no place else on Earth) that "extinguished" both engines.
Absolutely amazing and that guy is a genuine, bonafide hero.
I remember the news clip showing people running around crying, hugging the captain while jumping up and down. The captain was all smiles.
Truly one for the memory books. I'll never forget it.
They towed the aircraft just a few hundred yards to a strip of grass long enough for Boeing engineers to fly the aircraft out. Amazing.
Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1204 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4566 times:
Quoting RichM (Reply 7): Forgive me for being a typical ignorant British person when it comes to speaking multi-lingual, but howcome he's allowed to fly with one eye?
He explains in the article that in the US, given the high number of wounded military pilots that become airline pilots, the rules don't restrict certain handicaps, provided they pass the rigorous tests. So, he's not only rated in El Salvador, he's rated in the US standards (which are probably the same, but the point is he's passed the highest of tests).