hooray for pilots

Remember a few years ago when a plane in California had its landing gear stuck and the pilot heroically landed with no problem? A headline at the time (a time in which so much was going wrong in the Government) said “Competent person found in America”.

Well it seems that another competent person has been found – this time in Africa, and again it’s an airline pilot:

Along the way, speaking to the hijacker, the pilot realized the man did not speak French. So he used the plane’s public address system to warn the passengers in French of the ploy he was going to try: brake hard upon landing, then speed up abruptly. The idea was to catch the hijacker off balance, and have crew members and men sitting in the front rows of the plane jump him, the Spanish official said.

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