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I worked at United from 1968 - 1979 in Chicago and experienced a

somewhat similar experience in the early '70's. In my role at United's Executive offices near O'Hare airport I had to travel a lot for business and it was United's policy at that time to have management employees who had to travel a lot to go through emergency evacuation training. It paid off one day when I boarded a DC-8 for a trip from Chicago to San Fransisco. We suffered a mid flight engine failure on the left side of the airplane - the outermost engine. A piece of shrapnel pierced the left wing and damaged the outer flap panel although we didn't know it at the time it was the extent of the in flight damage. So the crew declared a mayday and we were directed to make an emergency landing in Omaha. We dumped some fuel and prepared the cabin (fortunately we had a pretty low passenger load) and when we statrted to configure the plane for landing the crew discovered that they could not lower the flaps on the left wing so we had to make a hot (high speed) landing. So I manned the energency evacuation slide on the left side fromt he 1st class cabin. We landed really fast and burned out the brakes before stopping at the end of a very long runway in a cloud of smoke and some flames from the burnt out brakes and as a precaution deployed the slides and evacuated. Fortuantely the only injury was a woman who sprained an ankle. Was I scared? Put it this way, not nearly as much as I would have been without having had that emergency evacuation training.

Posted: 02/21/2021 at 4:56PM


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