Friday, June 19, 2009

Ladies & Gentlemen, This Is Your Captain Speaking - I'm Dead!

Did you hear about the pilot that died on his transatlantic flight into Newark?  No, that's not the beginning of a joke, with a great punch line like "he was trying to get to the other side."  It's a true story!

This pilot on a Continental Airlines flight just up and died in the middle of the flight.  Everybody says he was in great health beforehand. (Obviously he wasn't in good health afterward) They even thought he had just fallen asleep - where "fallen asleep" means passed out drunk like pilots normally do.

Here's what I can't decide though...if I were on that plane, would I want to know the pilot died?  Sure I know there are able co-pilots, and the plane practically flies itself.  I'm not concerned about crashing or dying.  It's more the fact that I'm sharing the plane with a dead guy!  Gross!

Apparently, they made an announcement asking if there was a doctor on board, which there was, and he tried to revive the guy.  Imagine being the guy trying to revive the guy flying the plane!  At least they didn't ask if there was a pilot on board.  That would have really frightened the people on board!

I guess before my next flight I will take an emergency medical course, as well as get my pilot's license.   Better safe than sorry!

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