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Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee  
User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6626 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4521 times:
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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!


http://www.elfaro.net/Secciones/plat...as/20060508/Platicas1_20060508.asp


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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4475 times:

I was actually going to post a thread about the article after I read it yesterday, but somehow I forgot.  sorry  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.
User currently offlineFLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1185 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4422 times:

Muy bueno! Very good!

FLY2LIM



Faucett. La primera linea aerea del Peru.
User currently offlineJuanchito From Guatemala, joined Nov 2000, 1203 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4288 times:

Very good interview.

Like we said here in guatemala. "Que cabron"

Juanchito



Chapin de corazon.
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4183 times:

Quoting Juanchito (Reply 3):
Like we said here in guatemala. "Que cabron"

 yes  You're so right!



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineASApilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

Absolutely amazing. I look up to people like him.

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3986 times:

Unbelievable but true.

What a great history ! Thanks Mt99.


User currently offlineRichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 803 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3865 times:

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?

User currently offlineTEBguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3824 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.
User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3727 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.
User currently offlineFLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1185 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3625 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).
FLY2LIM



Faucett. La primera linea aerea del Peru.
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