ONA stories by Al Quack
by Al Quack
Bangladesh February 1974Al Quack and cabin crew with
Russian captain at Decca
ONA Flight Attendant
at Karachi Pakistan AP
Children of Dacca Bangladesh
UN Operations in Dacca, Bangladesh
ONA DC-8-63 1974
Street in Karachi Pakistan
Repatriation Flights from Dacca Bangladesh
to Karachi, Pakistan
I flew the second half of the Repatriation Flights ONA flew for the United Nations High Commissioner, flying refugees out of Dacca, Bangladesh back to Karachi, Pakistan and other refugees back the other way. Our crews were based out of Karachi, staying in the Intercontinental Hotel there. (Now Pearl Continental Hotel) My times for the UN flights started with deadheading from JFK to Frankfurt, then deadhead on a different flight to Karachi, Pakistan on Feb.24, 1974. We flew our first flight on the 26th and my crew was Captain H. Andrechyn and Co-Pilot Fred Joseph, using A/C N864F. On March 1, my crew was Captain Press Cooper and Co-Pilot Tom Murphy same aircraft and we flew from Karachi to Dacca. As I started to do my cockpit preflight check for our return trip back, when I found the aircraft electrical system all screwed up and giving me wrong indications. The only thing maintenance could figure out was somebody must have connected 230 volts ground power instead of 115 volts, while I was outside doing my walk around preflight and burned out some relays in the system. Our return trip was cancelled and ONA had to send some new parts from JFK and mechanics from Frankfurt to fix it, which took three days. There was a couple of Soviet Turbo-prop (Ilyushin-8) passenger aircraft doing the same flights as us and our rep. ask them if they had room to give our whole crew a ride back to Karachi. They did and we all got to ride on a Soviet aircraft. The Soviet Captain wanted to see our aircraft inside the cockpit, so we gave him a look see and then we said we would like to see inside their cockpit and he showed us onboard. That aircraft was built like a sea going ship, everything looked big, heavy and rugged. On that particular plane they had a separate compartment in the rear section of the cabin separated by a curtain that had enough seats to accommodate our whole crew. They gave us all a shot of Russian Vodka during the flight and I asked if I could keep the Aero Flot shot glass as a souvenir. The flight attendant indicated he wanted something in return, so I gave him my ONA key ring and he was happy with that. When our plane was fixed, we got a ride back on the same Soviet aircraft to Bangladesh on the 4th. They replaced all 4 Gen. Control boxes (only 1 was bad,) #2 BTR, #1 EPR, & Bus Protection panel. For our flights 6th thru 13th of March my Capt. was Keith Lathan and Co-Pilot Tom Murphy. While on layover in Decca the UN Rep. ask one day if any ONA crewmembers would like to go on a site seeing ride in his Jeep around town. A few us did and it was very interesting and during one of our stops a small group of local children ran over to see us foreigners and I took their picture. On the 14th we all operated (Cooper, Latham, Joseph, Murphy, Mion & me) a ferry flight back to JFK, NY, with a fuel stop in England arriving JFK on the 15th of March.
Love on the job! Jeri & Al Quack celebrated 50
Years Wedding Anniversary in May 2009!
They met while both were flying for Eastern!