So that pilots being phlegmatic isn\’t just an English thing then?

Plane from Newark to Warsaw finds that the landing gear doesn\’t work. So they land the plane with no landing gear, sliding it along the runway on its belly.

Not one passenger harmed in any way: although perhaps a few underwear changes required.

The pilot says:

The captain told him that the landing was “difficult”, Komorowski said.

One does hope that he was twirling his handlebar mustache and had a twinkle in his eye as he said it.

Understatement, not just for the English any more.

10 comments on “So that pilots being phlegmatic isn\’t just an English thing then?

  1. Wheels are just SO last year. Look a the weight saving if take off and landing was by way of a trolley, possibly made of AlSc as a test bed; failure would, clearly, not be a disaster.

  2. Polish pilot? It’s possible his grandfather flew with the RAF in WWII, and learned the understatement there.

  3. I think his understatement is a little overstated. A more appropriate response would have been that the landing was ” a little tricky”.

  4. Nothing beats the intercom message from Captain Eric Moody to the passengers of flight BA009 on 24/6/82 after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash over Jakarta: –

    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get it under control. I trust you are not in too much distress.”

    If you want to know what happened next, look it up in your Funk & Wagnells.

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