In a sad turn of events, a Jet Airways flight skidded off the runway yesterday at Goa’s Dabolim airport.
The flight which was to fly from Goa to Mumbai skidded off the runway, leaving 15 of the 161 passengers injured. However, in no time the ever-determined Indian Navy came to the rescue and safely evacuated everyone from the aircraft.
The pilot of the plane has now written an open letter to let the public know what his side of the story is.
Here are excerpts from the letter.
He begins with writing how he feels when he receives the backlash for the incident where he had no fault.
Aviation is a strange profession. I love it to death, but the strange part is that if I meet my end in my line of work, it’s most likely that I’ll be blamed.
I’ll be blamed long before any proof is brought forward. I’ll be blamed by the media, by the people. I’ll be blamed by the passengers if they survive. In a week the data recorders will be analysed and then maybe they’ll find that it’s not my fault. That I fought for hope amidst hopelessness till my dying breath.
Trying to explain the physics and his dedication for the work:
How I wish I could explain concepts of asymmetric thrust to the number of people passing silent judgment and being armchair jurors. How do I tell someone about how much thrust 27,000 odd pounds is…Most of the crowd probably doesn’t even know what a moment arm or a couple is. They dropped physics in 8th grade as it was too complex. That said, they blame the human machine who earns his bread and butter, putting into practice what they felt was too complicated.
Exasperated he recalls his instructor’s words:
Back in the day, an old grey instructor told me, “Son, in this world of civil aviation, its best to be a nameless faceless pilot who does his job and goes home!”
And finally, an appeal to non-aviation people to have faith in the pilots:
As an appeal to the non-aviation public, believe that we as pilots love what we do and would never put anyone’s life in jeopardy. We are sons, daughters, wives, husbands, parents, just like you. We haven’t fallen from the realm of Asgard into the helm of these metal ships. It takes years of hard work to achieve it.
Let us be patient and grateful to these men and women as well. They try to do their best every time they fly.