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Pilot Mistakes Venus for Oncoming Plane

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by joseephuss, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Sleepy Pilot Mistakes Planet for Oncoming Plane, Sends Passenger Jet Into Dive

    A sleepy pilot who mistook the planet Venus for an oncoming plane sent his Air Canada jet into a steep dive that bounced passengers off the ceiling, injuring 16, and nearly caused a collision with a real plane flying 1,000 feet lower.

    Air Canada initially described the injuries to 14 passengers and two flight attendants as the result of "severe turbulence," but a report released this week by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada explains what really happened over the Atlantic Ocean on an overnight flight from Toronto to Zurich on Jan. 14, 2011.

    According to the report, the plane's first officer had been sleeping, as is permitted by Air Canada on transatlantic flights, when he was awakened by the pilot's report of the plane's position.

    The pilot indicated that a U.S. Air Force cargo plane was approaching the Air Canada 767-300 at an elevation about 1,000 feet below the passenger jet.

    The "confused and disoriented" first officer, however, believed that the planet Venus was the approaching plane, and was coming right at the Air Canada jet. He forced the plane into a dive.

    Passengers who were not wearing seatbelts, many of them asleep, were slammed into the ceiling and overhead bins.
  2. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Staff Member

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    Hopefully, Air Canada does their due diligence and have their pilot drug tested.

    "It's a plane! It's coming right at us! Dive, Dive, Dive!!!"

    "That's Venus, you fool! Pull up!!!"
  3. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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  4. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    Those tricky Venusians. Always disguising their planet like an airplane.
  5. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Staff Member

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    Air Canada should consider grounding him permanently. One day he may wake up, glance up at the stars and start yelling, "Aliens! ALIENS! They're everywhere! AAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!"
  6. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    I always wear my seatbelt on planes, just in case.

    Idiot passengers. Do you take off your seatbelt and pass out in the car? No.
  7. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    FWIW, Venus has been amazingly bright so far this year. Some nights it doesn't even look real.
  8. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Staff Member

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    Perhaps it is a good thing that the first officer was frightened/repulsed by Venus instead of attracted to it.

    ...which begs the question, "At what altitude will a 767 jet engine stall exactly?"

  9. jcollins28

    jcollins28 Well-Known Member

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  10. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Great, work is blocking the link so I'm not sure if it really is fixed or not.
  11. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Oh sure, people get HURT and you LAUGH!

    j/k I thought it was hilarious too :D:laugh2:
  12. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    A lot of folks have mistaken Venus for a UFO.

    You would think a pilot would not misidentify it, but it goes to show you what can happen to someone who spends a lot of time looking at the sky.
  13. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Mean and funny is still funny. ;)
  14. rynochop

    rynochop Well-Known Member

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    'That's no moon, its a space station.'

    I was in the john on a flight to DC a couple years ago, hit bad turbulence, I slammed against the roof, luckily I was done,ha. It reminded me why have a couple drinks before boarding.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    You do not know how much I needed that DE.

    Thank you for posting that. Funny stuff.

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