MOE THAWER - HOUSTON TX
Captain Stinky Davis did a heroic and a marvelous job of saving our lives by maneuvering the airplane away from an engine blast fence which was on the taxiway. After the abortion of the take off, number three engine caught fire and the airplane lost a major part of its hydraulic system. As such the braking system did not work at its optimum. Also by losing the number three engine, the reverser system did not work. The airplane was going to have a head on collision with the blast fence. Captain Davis, who is an experienced senior pilot, managed to come to a screeching halt and avoided meeting with the blast fence. Somebody from the NTSB or the FAA called me, as part of the inquiry, to ask me if in my opinion, the Captain responded to the emergency situation with alertness and prompt care. I had nothing but praises for Captain Davis. The whole lot of people that were on board the ill fated DC 10 should be thankful to him. Another incident that touched me was the fact that Mr. Steedman Hinckley, the CEO and Chairman of ONA appeared at the scene from his office like a lightening and hugged me and who ever he saw. Then he proceeded to charge forward to the burning DC 10 to make sure everybody was evacuated safely. We had to restrain him and hold him back. How often do you see the compassion and love for the employees from an owner of a company? I have worked for two other major airlines but I have not seen the harmony and the love that existed among the employees at those two companies. Best regards, Moe Thawer.
Ingrid and Steedman Hinckley
performing one of many ONA airplane
christenings end of 60īies
I sat inside that burning airplane
moments ago ...
ON THE BIRD STRIKE