By LINDE HOFF
In 2011, an experienced pilot was attempting to land in a mountainous area in the dark. Unfortunately, he had a problem with his equipment, so his GPS was scrambled and useless to him — a pilot’s worst nightmare in these modern days.
He was relying solely on what he could see out the window of the cockpit, as well as guidance from air traffic controllers, to help him land safely at the closest airstrip.
Since it was all happening quickly and at night with no electronic equipment to guide the pilot, the tower crew was woefully unsuccessful in assisting him, and he ended up crashing his airplane into the side of a mountain.
Fortunately, he survived the accident — only the second person in history to make it out alive out of 100 who had ever crashed on that particular mountain pass.
What is perhaps most interesting about this story is that had that pilot been in Montana, he would most likely not have had that accident, because of the lighted beacons still in existence today on the state’s mountain ￼passes. [Read more…]