Something strange was happening yesterday, as there are a whole bunch of odd stories to share:
–A Cubana IL-18 (that’s Russian, if you’re keeping track) slid off the runway in Caracas yesterday, injuring 13 during the aborted takeoff. I’ve dragged my wife on a Cubana flight in the past, so I’ll make sure she doesn’t read this. When an old Russian plane slides off a Venezuelan runway, does anyone even bother to investigate?
–46 passengers were injured when an EVA Airways A330 hit some serious turbulence outside of Tokyo. One news report notes, "Some injured people were bleeding and young children were crying and screaming." I’m sure the children would have been crying and screaming anyway.
–A drunk passenger punched a Qantas pilot while the plane was still on the runway in Cairns, Australia, after the pilot asked the man to settle down. He did not settle down and was dragged kicking/screaming off the plane.
–And finally…A Midwest Airlines employee was loading baggage into the cargo hold of a plane and somehow got locked in there as the flight took off for Philadelphia. He landed safely. By the way: It’s worth clicking on the link to see the photo of the wacky WLTX news team.