Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Unbelievable!

You may or may not have heard that over the weekend a business jet and a Boeing 737 collided over the Amazon jungle in Brazil. While the 737 plunged to the ground killing all 155 people on board (may they rest in peace), miraculously the business jet was able to land at a nearby military base. One of the passengers on the biz-jet was New York Times business travel writer Joe Sharkey. He wrote an amazing first-hand account of the incident and if you have a minute I highly recommend reading it.

Colliding With Death at 37,000 Feet, and Living

SÃO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Oct. 1 — It had been an uneventful, comfortable flight.

With the window shade drawn, I was relaxing in my leather seat aboard a $25 million corporate jet that was flying 37,000 feet above the vast Amazon rainforest. The 7 of us on board the 13-passenger jet were keeping to ourselves.

Without warning, I felt a terrific jolt and heard a loud bang, followed by an eerie silence, save for the hum of the engines....

Read the entire article here...

2 comments:

Taylor said...

yeah, that is amazing. i heard this morning that brazilian police are making the pilots surrender their passports and remain in brazil for a while longer. i didn't realize that foreign police could seize U.S. Government property like that. maybe they legally can't, i don't know.

Pete said...

That's truly remarkable. I had heard about the 737, but nothing of the business jet. Thanks for sharing!