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ONE MEMORABLE FLIGHT by NETTIE MILLER -
IT HAPPENED IN JAMAICA!


While Anne Moroziuk and I flew CAM flights out of Oakland,
(for over six weeks -- 1961 - American Airlines DC-7) we 
were scheduled to fly with Harry ("Stinky") Davis' crew to 
pick up a charter trip for BOAC in Kingston, Jamaica.  
Chuck Pakosta was the flight engineer but cannot remember 
who was the co-pilot.  

We ferried to Jamaica and stayed at a darling hotel near
the airport across the Bay from Kingston. That afternoon 
the crew  took a water taxi to Jamaica where we spent the day 
sightseeing, shopping, drinking and dining. The next afternoon 
we were scheduled to take a group of Jamaicans to London where 
they were to be employed.  It was the 4th of July.   

None of our passengers had never even been out of Jamaica and 
had never flown and were quite apprehensive about leaving their 
home and getting on an airplane.  After the passengers were all 
seated Anne assisted them with fastening their seatbelts and I 
began the life jacket demonstration while we were taxiing down 
the runway.  

In the middle of the demonstration the water mains overhead broke 
and water began pouring out of the ceiling on our passengers who 
were all wearing seatbelts and they had no idea how to open them.
Anne and I frantically ran up and down the aisles assisting 
passengers in opening their seatbelts as Capt. Davis returned to 
the runway and our passengers were deplaned many of which were 
now soaking wet.   

After about a four hour delay where dryers were used and
water mopped up as best could be done under the unusual 
circumstances, passengers were put on board again and off we flew 
to New York with water dripping from the ceiling the whole way plus 
no water in the lavatories or drinking water. Upon arrival in 
New York a new crew was waiting to take these unfortunate passengers 
on to London using the same airplane. With great apologies to the 
new flight attendants replacing us, we turned over the bedraggled 
passengers.   

I will never forget what a mess it was and being the 4th of July 
very few attendants to help clean the aircraft and assist the new 
crew in making the balance of the flight more comfortable. I felt 
so sorry for these passengers that had to continue on to London 
and only hope they were never subjected to such a terrible flight 
again.


FS2004 Overseas National Airlines DC-4.
Overseas National Airways was one of the most successful
of the non scheduled airlines. Beginning operations in 1950
it operated DC-4 DC-6 DC-7 DC-8 DC-9 DC-10 and
Lockheed Electra equipment.