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    Re: A story of a pilot lost over Pacific and saved by a passenger jet crew?
    From: Bill Ritchie
    Date: 2017 Aug 30, 23:17 +0100
    I had an experience something similar to the Cessna 188 incident, though certainly far less dramatic.
    Whilst cruising at 37000' near the NW corner of Spain, we heard a Mayday call on 121.5 from a low altitude small aircraft that was lost due suspected compass failure, having not made his expected landfall in Spain from the Canary Islands. He wanted a 'steer' for the nearest airport. With no response from any land station, we offered to help.  I asked if he could see any condensation trails. We then did an 'S' turn which he saw nearly overhead. We then gave him a course for Santiago, about 100 miles away, expressed as Magnetic, as relative to our track and as relative to the Sun. We were pleased to hear him in contact with Spanish ATC before we flew out of range.

    Bill Ritchie

    On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 5:43 PM, Tony Oz <NoReply_TonyOz@fer3.com> wrote:

    Finally I watched the movie, now the situation is mostly clear. However, if it was not for my interest in celestial navigation, especially - in the emergency navigation - I would not watch such a movie - too "holywoodish" to my liking: not enough details on the how-to's used, to much drama.

    By the way, I remember reading a book (many, many years ago) about a true story of a two-seater flying north from south end of Chile. Midway the plane lost half of the power because the pilot did not switch the intake manifold to warm the air on the exhaust manifold pipes - and one of carburetors iced. There was also some problem with receiving the radio beacons, so they lumped in the night rather desperately.

    The book's author shocked me (a ~10-year-old boy then) with his constant admirations with pilot's cool-headedness and calmness - it looked like he - the author - would just panic and pray instead of professionally doing the job at hands. I thought then (and think the same today) - every mature man should not panic at an emergency and try his best to handle the situation. The author was apparently a devout catholic...

    Back on topic: I still would like to find the through-out description and actual figures of the Cessna episode over Pacific.



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