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Mon, Mar 29, 2004

Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.29.04)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

"Heaven forbid, this should be an emergency. We have to come up with some better ways of... getting assistance to us with things like this."

Source: David Urban, an air traffic controller at Philadelphia International Airport, speaking on January 15th to colleagues in New York, after authorities say a drunken pilot blew through controlled airspace on a meandering, sometimes harrowing joyride. Despite the creation of a cabinet-level Homeland Security Department, despite the ongoing vigilance at airports around the country, the pilot was able to meander about Philadelphia's controlled airspace for almost four hours before finally deciding to land. In the process, a half-dozen flights were diverted from his path and authorities say he almost collided with police helicopters -- twice.

FMI: www.faa.gov

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