Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Der wiederkehrender Alptraum von der Luft


[View from the cockpit]

“Leveling off... visibility better... following interstate
CEILING HAZARD -- no clearance
We got power lines -- -- No lift... losing speed-- - throttle up..!"

STALL WARNING STALL WARN I N G
"losing altitude... 0.033 two-five-oh...two-hundred...
one-hund-- -- Overpass ahead...

Brace for impact."


[View from the ground]

Airliner belly-flops onto interstate
bounces toward overpass
bounces again directly under bridge
tail & rudder crash up against girders

metal shearing metal screaming
wedged fuselage
crunches to a halt.


...I made it.