OUCH, that couldnt have been pretty. Especially because the pole when with it.
Begs to ask the question however, I know you cant see one but if a marshaller was near by couldnt they have crossed the wands to stop him and have them shut down the number 1 engine to retrieve the flag? Or since it was the captain who dropped it, why not just stop? Then it again, it seems to happen all too fast.
[Edited 2011-11-09 08:55:02]
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