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.
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.