Cheat-Seeking Missles

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Drop It And Read!

Yes, I know the Dow's at an all-time high, Foley and the GOP are at an all-time low, Kim Il Jung is going nuclear and all that ... but you simply need to drop what you're doing and read Joe Sharkey's NYT piece, "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.

And then the three words I will never forget. “We’ve been hit,” said Henry Yandle, a fellow passenger standing in the aisle near the cockpit of the Embraer Legacy 600 jet.

The rest is riveting ... rivets popping off the wing riveting, and tragic, and Big Thought-inducing.

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