|Quoting SouthernDC9 (Thread starter):|
Is this a thing with airline/aviation enthusiasts - having somewhat vivid nightmares that involve plane crashes?
|Quoting AzoresLover (Reply 8):|
Friday, Sep 3, 1976. Venezuelan Air Force C-130 carrying a college choir to a European tour crashed at Lajes, Azores. I spent three days helping to recover bodies, not a single whole body, most still burning. Very gruesome duty. This happened 6 months before I was scheduled to leave Lajes. I had horrible nightmares almost nightly from that time until the day I left Lajes...all sorts of plane crashes before my eyes, all right there at Lajes. I was convinced that I would never again be able to get on a plane, and I wondered how I was going to get off Lajes, as flying was the only option. Fortunately, about a month after the accident my fear of flying subsuded, and I took a SATA inter-island flight for a weekend just to prove to myself that I was indeed able to fly again.
What is very interesting to me...and another mystery about how the human brain works...is that while I dreamed about plane crashes at Lajes virtually every single night until I left, those dreams stopped the very first day I was gone from Lajes for good. It was like my brain gave me those dreams as long as I was still living at the crash location, but the day I was gone from there the dreams stopped. I have not had a single dream of a plane crash since I left the Azores.
One lasting effect...I will NEVER EVER be able to do anything like that again. I have the highest admiration for those folks who are able to handle scenes like that. When I read accident reports about burning and maimed bodies and body parts scattered around the area resulting from a plane crash, I know exactly what that looks and smells like.
|Quoting SuperCaravelle (Reply 11):|
did you ever go back to the Azores or are you planning/wanting too, or do you not want to return there?