File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 253

Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 22:59:30 EDT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Re: cancellation of Thai puppets' & visas.

In a message dated 9/22/05 11:39:09 AM, writes:

> Jim, speaking of flying, did you watch the incredible maneuver=A0 that
> commercial
> pilot pulled off yesterday at LAX.. was amazing to see a perfect=A0 landing
> balancing on a front
> metal stump that use to be wheels, he should receive an award for=A0 what=20was
> done


    The pilot did an excellent job, as he was trained to do.   I had just
returned from Moscow-Frankfurt-Newark yesterday and only saw the replay on TV.  
     Funny how most everyone normally wants to blame pilots when things go
wrong regardless of cause, but cheer when pilots perform as expected.  That
Captain and his company planned carefully, burned off as much fuel as possible, (I
understand the A320 Airbus has no dumping capability) chose the longest
runway with most emergency equipment in the area, moved passengers to the rear to
put center of gravity as far aft as possible, so as to land nose high, and then
"fly" the nose to the runway, etc. The police closed the freeway just East of
the airport for additional safety's sake.   Normally, its the press that gets
it all wrong.   This pilot, Capt. Burke, refused to be interviewed, saying
that he had nothing to say to the press.   Good work!!    Jim Gamble

   And I echo your remarks on the Mayor of N.O. who failed to put his city's
emergency plan into operation, and to the La Governor who also failed misera
bly and all who placed blame on FEMA and the Federal Government for not saving
them from Katrina.   Then there was the looting and shooting at those who did
try to save I hear from Texas friends, who have reached out to help
the evacuees that they (evacs) are stealing autos, demanding more service and
failing to act as human beings.   All this was covered by world wide
press...I watched it from Moscow.

    Jim Gamble
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