You know the part of the flight when the plane touches down and everyone claps? Bet you've always thought that means you are home free, that you can breath a sigh of relief that nothing bad can happen to you at this point. That's what Caribbean airlines passengers from New York probably thought when the plane touched down at Guyana's airport early today. They were in mid-clap when ... everyone started screaming.
The Boeing jet carrying 163 people overshot the 7,400-foot runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport and barreled through a chain-link fence, according to the New York Post. Bags started falling out of compartments hitting people on the head, and people started screaming. The plane barely missed a 200-foot ravine that could have resulted in dozens of fatalities. Oh, and this is not even the worse part. The plane broke in two!
This is wonderful news to hear during the height of summer travel season, this writer is getting on a plane next week as a matter of fact. A hundred people needed medical attention, a few pretty seriously, but no one died and that's the true miracle here because ... need I say it again ... the plane broke in half!
Not to mention, it was pitch black. There were no lights. It was raining. Rescuers could not get people out right away. Many passengers were sitting on the broken plane freaking out and wondering what to do next.
One woman interviewed in the Post said she pretty much had to rescue herself. She had to exit the battered plane by crawling onto the wing, and then jump down to a dirt road. On the road she met a cab driver there and when she asked for a ride back to the terminal, he actually charged her! She didn't complain because after all, bitching about spending $20 bucks is not something you do when you just saw your life flash before your eyes.
Airline officials and the TSA were sent down to Guyana to investigate the crash. Not a great way to start your vacation, but on the bright side, at least they still get one. Knowing all the details of what could have happened but didn't, they can all thank a winged guardian angel for that.
Are you getting on a plane any time soon?
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