Frontier Former Editor

October 17, 2008

Guess what I got to do before work?

I miss living near air bases and I miss my old line of work. It gave me reasons to get out of the office and do this under the guise of reporting:

I could give you the pedantic planespottter spiel, but I’ll leave it to these folks . . .

It helps when the airport manager remembers what you’ve done before and gives you only one warning.

“Don’t walk near anything moving or sucking.”

Might have been good advice for Bill Clinton.

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January 30, 2008

Today’s life lesson: Never say ‘eh’ to the nice Air Canada pilot, eh?

Filed under: Air Canada, airlines, George Beurling, I'm nuts about flying, nervous breakdown, William Shatner — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:56 pm

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Even a Canadian has to let go once in a while, although it’s been a long time since the last Canadian was hauled off an airliner in restraints . . . .  (here)

The co-pilot of a Heathrow-bound plane was dragged kicking and screaming from the cockpit after suffering a mental breakdown while in control of the flight.

He began yelling and “invoking God” as the Air Canada 767 flew at 37,000 feet over the Atlantic. He was held down by other crew members and a passenger, a member of the Canadian armed forces.

The co-pilot then had restraints fastened to his wrists and ankles and was handcuffed to a seat. The flight from Toronto made an emergency landing in Shannon and the co-pilot, who had been crying and screaming according to witnesses, was taken off the plane.

He was taken by ambulance to a psychiatric ward where he is being treated for a suspected nervous breakdown.

No word about reports of suspicious claw marks and missing panels around the port engine nacelle, though. 

 Actually, this makes for three Canadians I know of who might be considered dangerous in the air (Celine Dion in first class notwithstanding) . . . . . (here)

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