FIREMAN steps in to bring plane carrying 70 passengers safely down when air traffic controller forge

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahom...e-ATC-crew-failed-work.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    A frantic pilot aboard a passenger flight was unable to contact the air traffic control tower due to bring him in to land - because the official on duty had forgotten to show up for work.
    As the situation became critical, it fell to an on-duty fireman at the tiny Indian airport to race to the tower and bring the Jet Airways plane - with 70 passengers aboard - safely down.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2095059/Firefighter-steps-fly-60-passenger-plane-ATC-crew-failed-work.html#ixzz1lE1sr09C
     
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    Hopefully the fireman is rewarded for his help and not punished.

    from the article -
    "Mr Devaraj categorically stated that the flight control operations should not have been handled by the fireman.

    'No one doubts Basha's intention to help during a crisis. He wanted the flight to land safely. But he is untrained and must not attempt to do the ATC's job. Mere good intention is not enough in this case,' he said."
     
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    Awesome, the fireman is my HERO! Hope they will recognize this, the passengers will.....!!!
     
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    I was tempted to say something about Indian aviation, but then i remembered the various sleeping ATC incidents in the US.

    However...

    http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=Maa-Tir-hyd

    Why didn't they just divert to Chennai, 60 miles away?
     
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    My guess is because the janitor is helping land planes there.:eek:
     
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    This article does suggest that the phrase "Phoning it in" has reached a new height, probably some 33000 ft! :eek:
     
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    Outsourcing gone wild. :)
     
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