EgypToz: Ladies and Gentlemen

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen

“Ladies and gentlemen, Captain Mohamed speaking, we have started our decent, please make sure your seat backs and tables are in their upright position. Make sure your seat belt is securely fastened. Please turn off all electronic devices until we are safely parked at the gate. Thank you.”

Passengers on board did not know that the captain was facing a big problem; the landing gear failed to drop the front wheel properly and was locked.

The captain contacted the airport to inform them about the problem.
The airport manager wanted to prepare the gliding foam but not to declare emergency.
He was thinking: Oh my god, this is not an international airport, this airport is very small and there are many poor cafés and restaurants all long the runway…many people will die… should I send them to another airport…but what about the fuel?
Ehh…this could be my last mission in this job…oh no…many people will die…my name will be mentioned in newspapers…oh…my face will be shown in the media…and my carrier is…/ “ captain Mohamed speaking…we tried to move the gear down manually but could not be sure if it is all down or not.”

They flew low so officials on the ground there could visually confirm that the wheel was down and in right position to start landing…

And it was.

Captain Mohamed told the passengers: “Please make sure one last time your seat belt is securely fastened.”
The plane landed safely.Everyone clapped.
The airport manager took a deep breath, smiled and said:”el hamd lellah…AHMEDAK YA RAB”

“On behalf of the entire crew, it has been pleasure serving you today and we are looking forward to see you in one of our future flights. Have a nice day and thank you."

No one of the passengers knows what happened this day…and that a new chapter of their lives has been written.

Based on true events that happened last week in Egypt near Alexandria.


Anonymous said...

Interesting ! But how did you know about this ?

WS said...

to be honest with you I am not supposed to tell you where or how I got this information , because I am actually not allowed to tell this real event to the public ,I hope you will understand me , what I can tell you is that I have got it from someone who witnessed all this , I think you can guess ,and I just wrote it here because...well I hope you know why.