Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1565 posts, RR: 24 Posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3888 times:
My father always says "Be the luckiest pilot,rather than being the best one"
Its the first time that I heard "MAYDAY" on the radio last night.I have to admit it was like a sudden splash of a "cold bucket of water" among the usual chatter of a friday evening at Istanbul departure frequency.
It was a usual day(as boring as the previous day),the only difference while I was on my way to our dispatch office through the passenger terminal 2 kids run towards me.They were like7-8 years old,one of them wearing a pilot wing on his shirt and asked me if I have a spare pilot wings for his brother,he was very shy and excited when asking.I asked them;
-Where are you guys from?
-What are you going to be when you grow up?
-(They both replied)PÝLOT, sir.
They were both so cute, I didn't have any sparewings with me,but I would hate to turn them down,so I took of my own wings and gave it to him,They were so happy and thankful runaway with pilot wings on both their shirts
I went to the plane with a smile in my face,we started the engines taxied to the runway,we were trailed by the Austrian Airlines A 319,OE-LDG.Actually they did pushed back before us but because of the parking positions we had the lead for departure. So departed as we rolled they were cleared to line up.As we were oncourse BKZ VOR(the first point of the SID)I heard the Austrian calling :MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY we have an engine failure due to bird ingestion,climbing 5000 on course BKZ request holding over BKZ.
ATC gave us a direct clearence to get away from the troubled airplane,we crossed our fingers for them and left the frequency.
Our flight was a 2 leg domestic flight to Antalya,couple of hours later we were back to Ýstanbul,interestingly we parked next to OE-LDG as we came back.There were some visible damage on the engine and big stains of blood were everywhere on the left wing and the engine nacelle.
Last night those two kids were lucky,they earned their first wings only with a smile,,the passengers on the OE-LDG were sure the most lucky people they had their pilots handled the emergency very well(at least I found the crippled airplane parked on the apron in one piece)
I was lucky,I would have been easily in the place of the Austrian airplane
I guess I will agree more with my fathers words after last night...
Breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3789 times:
Quoting Wing (Thread starter): My father always says "Be the luckiest pilot,rather than being the best one"
Your father is a wise man, Wing. That's a very good philosophy indeed.
Thanks for a nicely written account of dramatic event you witnessed.
It is always good to be able to reflect on what we really are, away from the glitters and the rat race of modern life.
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1565 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3670 times:
Quoting Breiz (Reply 2): Your father is a wise man, Wing. That's a very good philosophy indeed
Thank you Breiz.
He never failed with the wise words since I started aviation.With over 20000 hours of experience under his belt,many of his sayings are proven facts from his flying life.I will be happy to share the same skies 2 more years with this old man