Overseas National Airways MOE THAWR ON JFK BIRD STRIKE 1975 OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS MOE THAWR ON JFK BIRD STRIKE 1975

MOE THAWER
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.


JFK BIRD STRIKE 1975

Ingrid and Steedman Hinckley
performing one of many ONA airplane
christenings end of 60īies
start 70īs.


I sat inside that burning airplane
moments ago ...
CHARLIE MOTT


ANNA-LIISA WALLIN
ON THE BIRD STRIKE


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