Learning Experiences

May 2000 Issue

When Time Runs Out

‘This is when I first questioned my own demise and whether my time was up. I froze’

As pilots, I am sure we have all thought about death and the possibility of being involved in a plane crash. If you are like me, you can hear a small plane fly overhead before you see it and look to the sky whenever practical. We read literature on the subject, study and perform refreshers, and try to plan for the possibility that one day we will be forced to endure the five minutes of panic for which we have prepared.

A few months ago, I had the unfortunate opportunity to witness a pilot during these five minutes. It seemed like eternity to me and I cannot imagine how it felt to him. You would think that this pilot was somewhat lucky since he was able to get to an airport when he encoun...

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