Tue, Oct 18, 2005
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
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
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
"We did not know if Air Sahara would pay us for recovering the
disabled aircraft as no authority from Sahara approached us with
the required go-ahead."
Source: Air-India's Mumbai airport manager,
Vidya Lokhande, quoted by the Mumbai Mid-Day News. The paper
reported Lokhande refused to move an Air Sahara 737 stuck at the
end of the runway after skidding off the pavement for four days,
until he was able to extract from Air Sahara promise of payment.
The airline thought the airport would take on the financial
responsibility of moving the plane and so the 737 sat... and
sat...and sat while other aircraft operations were conducted from a
much shorter runway. That caused a lot of delays and made
passengers so angry that at one point, they chased India's
transport minister clean out of the airport. For incidents like
these, we use the American Distress Card. Don't fly home without
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