Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9991 times:
I don't think he meant it to be funny, but the pax thought it was! I was flew out of LHR yesterday, and just before takeoff, the First Officer says "Ladies and Gentlemen, if you look out the left side of the aircraft, you'll see the 777 that crashed here a couple weeks ago". Now, I appreciated it, since I was interested to see it, but everyone thought it was a bit strange for an airline to point out a crashed plane moments before takeoff! There was general laughter in the cabin, so no harm done, I suppose, although a nervous flyer wouldn't appreciate such things.
The 777 itself is on rubber blocks, tied down securely, and surrounded by lots of equipment. Obvious damage was flaps, horizontal stab, and the RH engine at a weird angle. If the crew hadn't said anything, it would have missed the attention of most pax. At first glance it looks like any aircraft in heavy maintenance. It was an unexpected bonus to an otherwise painful experience in Terminal 3, with half the planets population stuck in that small eating hall.
GT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1847 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9748 times:
Not the most tactful thing to say i agree but it was on the news across the UK fpr a good few days and the outcome and general coverage was positive and therefore I feel that most passengers would not have been made uneasy by the comment. It must also be remembered that pilots are used to flying and therefore think of these things rationally. For example, how many people slow down to have a look at a motorway crash???
BillReid From Netherlands, joined Jun 2006, 1144 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days ago) and read 8982 times:
Sounds like AC.
Some time back I was on WJ. The pilot came on and said " we're holding here because the aircraft with the two dead leafs on the tail has stopped and is blocking our departure." I think some passengers were looking out the window for the last placed Toronto hockey team after that comment.
Some people don't get it. Business is about making MONEY!
Xtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 970 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7062 times:
I'm sure we've all said something without thinking. I was talking to a dead header on one of my flights and said something to the effect of crashing when I get to the overnight. Some of my pax over heard me. It dawned on me what I said. At least it got some chuckles. I apologized after I said that, and told them, I meant I was going to sleep as soon as I get to the overnight.
EMB145 F/A, F/E, J41 F/A, F/E, because my wife clipped my wings, armchair captain
RichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 803 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6614 times:
I don't see it as a problem to be honest. I also have little sympathy for those who fear flying due to ignorance, which probably accounts for most of those who are afraid of flying.
If I was driving my car and pointed out to my passengers that there was a crashed/damaged vehicle to our left, would it worry them? - Most likely not, I'm sure this would also be the case for most people too. So why does the situation have to be different where planes are concerned? I personally put it down to ignorance, in the sense that people just don't understand and have views based on misconceptions.
SWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5327 times:
It's actually true!
As crew you don't look at it that way that it might frighten people, it was just great show to me as well!
I remember sitting in the flight deck on landing into LHR the day it happened! I had to see it; all lights around it and investigations going on!
Bartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4873 times:
Quoting Avt007 (Thread starter): "Ladies and Gentlemen, if you look out the left side of the aircraft, you'll see the 777 that crashed here a couple weeks ago"
reminds me of a few months ago , whilst non aviation related still amusing, on BC Ferries. the museum in YYJ was having this huge special Titanic exhibit, and there where adverts every where, especially on the ferries. got a laugh about advertising for a sunken boat whilst on a boat.
EDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4645 times:
Quoting LHR777 (Reply 22): Quoting SuseJ772 (Reply 11):
But seriously, I am not taking a cheap shot at the pilots of the BA 777. From everything I read, they did an amazing job and because of them saved 300+ lives.
300+ lives??!! On a BA 777-200ER? BA038 had 16 crew and 136 passengers onboard, for a total of 152 souls on board. The configuration was 14/48/30/122 for a total of 214 seats on a 4-class aircraft.