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Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Sat May 13, 2006 4:53 am

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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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Sat May 13, 2006 5:21 am

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.
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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Sat May 13, 2006 5:44 am

Muy bueno! Very good!

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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Sat May 13, 2006 8:33 am

Very good interview.

Like we said here in guatemala. "Que cabron"

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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Sat May 13, 2006 11:29 am

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

 yes  You're so right!
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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Sat May 13, 2006 11:49 am

Absolutely amazing. I look up to people like him.
 
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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Mon May 15, 2006 12:54 pm

Unbelievable but true.

What a great history ! Thanks Mt99.
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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Mon May 15, 2006 11:49 pm

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?
 
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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Tue May 16, 2006 12:52 am

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.
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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Tue May 16, 2006 3:19 am

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.
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RE: Interview With TA Pilot Who Landed In No Levee

Tue May 16, 2006 6:29 am

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).
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