Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The flight now landing ...

I've done a few stupid things in my life, to be sure, but I'm still well short of the guy who landed a commercial flight at Ballykelly MOD base today.

He was flying the Eirjet plane, with 39 passengers aboard, on a scheduled Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Derry when he eyeballed the Ballykelly runway, six miles from where he was meant to be going. A Ryanair spokesman said this was an "error by the Eirjet pilot who mistakenly believed he was on a visual approach to City of Derry airport". Personally I wouldn't trust this guy to be on a visual approach to his own kitchen. He needs a guide dog.

How many Ulster politicos are as sure of themselves as Captain Eirhead? There's a lesson here for us all. Maybe we should aim to be 90% sure of ourselves instead of 100%, checking our coordinates instead of going "ram stam".


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