Sunday, June 20, 2004

A Tale of Two Dummies

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Northwest Airlines flight that was headed to Rapid City, S.D., landed a few miles off course at Ellsworth Air Force Base, and passengers had to wait in the plane for more than three hours while their crew was interrogated.

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"He (the pilot) hemmed and he hawed and he said 'We have landed at an Air Force base a few miles from the Rapid City airport and now we are going to figure out how we're going to get from here to there,'" Morrell told the St. Paul Pioneer Press by cell phone during the delay Saturday.
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Maybe I was a little hasty in recommending that we let these guys be armed while flying. We might even consider letting them a have little drink before take-off, too.

OTOH, how the hell did Ellsworth AFB let a large airliner (read: weapon in the wrong hands) get so close to them as to let them land?
*My* outfit would've never let this happen. Of course, in my outfit, the runways are 1200 feet long and move at 30 knots


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