Post by A Friend
I'd seen the story, of course. I wasn't aware that the airplane's
passengers had been required to participate or, as a matter of fact,
that there were passengers aboard in the first place. The coverage
gave the strong impression that this had been a special flight.
Nope it was a commercial flight and one where the pilot heard what it
was carrying and requested and got permission to captain (which he was
100% qualified to do) that flight.
Apparently it was even the same airport the late colonel had departed
from 52 years previously when heading to Vietnam.
Am still ambivalent how I feel about US bombing in Vietnam and
elsewhere in Indochina - I was in high school then so am old enough to
remember well - but good on all those who made the return this week
with dignity and honor!
[My only personal experience as an airline passenger being delayed
exiting a flight was on a Hong Kong - Vancouver flight where an
elderly passenger had expired about 1 hour out from Vancouver and as
Vancouver was the closest airfield the plane continued to its
destination. We were kept on board until the ambulance attendents
confirmed that she was already gone at which point they put a blanket
over her and told the crew to deplane the passengers. When we went up
the tunnel we passed the ambulance men flanked with a pair of Mounties
who were obviously about to swing into action as soon as the last
passenger deplaned. Apparently there were legalities that had to be
followed when a passenger passed outside Canadian airspace on a Canada
bound flight. No idea the lady's citizenship or residency so please
I >DO< know that the Canadian legal requirements are different
depending on whether the deceased is citizen, non-citizen or military
personnel as I had to organize my mother's return to Canada after
passing when out of country back in 2005. That was definitely NOT a