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  •  I had an experience like that, flying out of DTW (7+ / 0-)

    (Detroit) to London. One of the engines caught fire shortly after takeoff. There was a bang, and then flames were visible from the interior of the plane. There was quite a bit of audible dismay.
    The pilot announced that we would be dumping our fuel over Lake Erie (poor lake!) and return for an emergency landing in Detroit.
    It took about 20 minutes, as I recall, to turn around and get back home. It was tough for me since I was heading to Europe with my then-ten-year-old daughter, on her first flight ever. She says that she didn't think anything was really serious until 1) they told us to take a position for a possible crash landing and 2) I said I love you to her. (poor kid! such a negligent mother)
    But it was a beautiful landing. Everyone applauded.
    I am so very sorry that the landing today at SFO was not as happy for all involved. Peace be upon those who have died today, and full healing for those who were injured.

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    by peregrine kate on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 05:27:49 PM PDT

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