A Pilot Took Off Without Verifying The Passenger On Board. Disaster Strikes.

While we may have never been in life-threatening situations like this one, finding ourselves in a difficult position because we didn’t bother to verify a detail or two is nothing new. Getting lost because we didn’t double-check the map, forgetting an item at the grocery store because we didn’t write it down…those are small mistakes that usually don’t end up ruining anyone’s life. In this instance, asking a question would have saved two lives.

John was told by his assistant that a twin-engine plane would be waiting at the airport. Arriving at the airport he spotted a twin-engine plane warming up outside the hanger. He jumped in, said ‘Lets go’.

The pilot taxied and took off. Once in the air John told the pilot to fly low over the valley so that he could take pictures of the fire on the hill.

“Why?” The pilot asked, getting a frustrated glance from his passenger before getting an answer.

“Because I’m the photographer for a television show. I need to get some close up shots.”

Pilot was strangely silent for a moment, then he stammered “So, what You’re telling me is . . . You’re not my flying instructor?”

The moral of this unfortunate story? “Always ask. Never assume.”

Life is short. You never know which day will be your last, and while we can usually get away with not “asking for directions,” sometimes, it’s better to ask anyway…just in case!


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