posted on Apr, 17 2018 @ 04:09 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
That's about what I figured. Fifteen minutes sounded absurd to me, and even ten was a stretch. But for people under stress, every second would feel
Some have mentioned the professionalism of the cockpit crew and ATC, but just to illustrate, I've transcribed a crucial minute's worth of the
recording you posted back on page 2 in your post HERE
. I do not know if
it was the Captain or First Officer communicating with ATC from the Southwest flight, but you can hear the tension in her voice. And understandably,
considering what she knew of the situation they faced:
Time on the recording: cca 16:23 to 17.30:
Capt. or F/O: Southwest 1380, we'd like to turn... start turning it now.
[Reply from ATC, giving details of where airport and runway is, and advising about approach altitude.]
Capt. or F/O: Ok, could you have the... medical meet us there on the runway as well. We've got...um... injured passengers.
ATC: Injured passengers, ok, and are you – is your airplane physically on fire?
Capt. or F/O: No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing.
[short pause] They said there's a hole and… someone went out.
ATC: Umm – I'm sorry, you said there's a hole and somebody went out?
Capt. or F/O: [unintelligible]
ATC: Southwest 1380, it doesn't matter, we'll work it out there. The airport's just off to your right. Report it in sight, please.
Capt. or F/O: It's in sight.
It's almost impossible to imagine what it must be like for pilots in a situation like this. Yes, they train regularly in simulators, but when it's the
real thing, it's beyond nightmares. These events are so rare that I'd expect many pilots go their entire careers without having to deal with such an
emergency. And as for the ATC guy, he was freaking amazing. Not just in keeping up the comms with this stricken flight, but also with all the other
aircraft in the area.
edit on 17/4/18 by JustMike because: I fixed some coding and typos.
edit on 17/4/18 by JustMike because: I also added a link
to Zap's post with the recording.