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A regretful pilot

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I am listening to the radio and it is about big crises - busaccident in Norway, Estonia sinking, tsunami - and the planecrash in Gottröra where a plane went down three minutes after lifting and broke into three pieces - and nobody died! This was almost twenty years ago and they are interviewing a pilot who was on that plane - not working but on his way to a job. When things started to get wrong he noticed that nothing happened in cockpit, went there and asked if they wanted his help. They said yes and he helped througout the landing (on a field)

A they were almost down he returned o cabin but did not have time to fasten himself. Went unconcious for about half an hour .

He was back at work in six months but later retired because he never really felt good about flying. He became a heor in some companies - but also got critizised by some who said that if he would not have interfered the plane would have gotten back to the airport and landed unhurt. Of course nobody knows but this man regrets his activity. He says today thathe should have stayed in his chari and left to the working pilots to solve the situation.

This affect me - I think that it is a big tragedy that he has to live with this doubt - was it a good thing or a bad thing that he helped? From my perspective it was a good thing, everybody survived that accident, he did ask if they wanted him to help and they said yes... I think that it is a shame that he can´t get help to see that it was ok and he can be proud of himself...

Once again I am reminded that the past can´t be changed, only dealt with.

Today is mothers day in Sweden, my daughter has sent a wonderful card where she has written and drawn and it is wonderful, especially to a mothers heart... but it also awakens my guilt and shame over my past choices. I need to learn from that pilot - never get stuck in the past, trust that it was for the best and move on!
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  • SILLYHP1953
    Learning that lesson would free us so much I cannot even imagine it.
    1955 days ago
    That is a lesson all of us can learn. We need to leave the past where it belongs. To quote Pumba from the Lion King "Leave your behind in your past".
    1999 days ago
    Happy Mother's Day! As for the pilot, the crew accepted his help. If they hadn't needed it, they would have sent him away. I'm a pilot, albeit a private pilot, and I know how important it is to have my passengers help me see and avoid other aircraft and birds. At the start of a flight, anyone flying with me gets a briefing on what could occur in an emergency and what I expect from the passenger. I hope that pilot comes to peace with what happened.
    2000 days ago
    Happy Mother's Day and you are so right - we cannot fix the past but we can aim for better things in our future.
    2000 days ago
    Happy mother's day! Any plane ride we can walk away from is supposed to be a good one. Yes, he did the best he could and we do the best we can, and leave the results to a higher power. We can't change the past.
    2000 days ago
    Happy Mother's Day! And, MANY MORE! emoticon
    2000 days ago
    Yes, Meddy, keep moving forward. The past cannot be changed, only learned from.
    2000 days ago
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