||[Jun. 9th, 2009|08:05 pm]
The Question Club
My Dad's best friend was over for dinner, and they're both veteran commercial airline pilots, and so we got to some really interesting stories, which made me wonder --|
Where were you on September 11th 2001? What are your memories of that morning?
My mum woke me up before my alarm, told me to come and watch the TV. At school, they put up a bigscreen TV in the main foyer and had it tuned to the news all day. Around my house, there's always aircraft coming and going, and contrails in the sky. That night, and for the next several days, it was silent and empty. My Dad and his friend were both at home, thankfully, but many of their colleagues were stranded after having to divert flights.
One of their colleagues was flying NYC - Calgary and was suddenly told over the radio to divert to Winnipeg and land ASAP. Naturally, he was confused at the request, but they just repeated the order to land immediately, and further requested him to lock down the cockpit, let no one in under any pretext, send a message to the head steward, and make a PA announcement to passengers claiming mechanical difficulties forcing them to land in Winnipeg, making up some excuse about Calgary being locked down or something. Also they told him that there was an F-18 trailing him that had a lock on the jet, and then he saw it pop up on the radar behind him.