When my plane was about to collide!

These days I am low on health, feel very tired and I am sleeping like there is no tomorrow.

Sleep reminds me of a small anecdote which I want to share with you all.

It had happened last year. I was flying to Thailand. The flight was in the evening and as usual I had my window seat. πŸ™‚

Immediately after our airplane settled above the clouds, I could see the Sun setting. To my disappointment my window pane was very dirty from outside so I was unable to take any photo. But I did not want to let go of having a window seat. I turned back and clicked a few shots through the window behind.

Man! That was some work and then I dozed off !

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I woke up after a few hours. I think the captain had made some announcements. I looked at other passengers; most of them were fast asleep. The plane was shaking and probably passing through a turbulence zone. Rubbing my eyes, I looked out of the window. It was pitch dark.

And suddenly I jumped ! I jumped and I shrieked.

Now I knew why the captain had made that announcement !

Can you believe if I say I saw a small plane flying very parallel to ours? I rubbed my eyes again and the plane was neither slowing down nor changing its direction as if it was participating in a race with us !! I thought the announcement made by the captain must have been to warn us. In those moments, I thought our planes were going to collide in no time. Like a Bollywood movie, all those bad & sad thoughts came to my mind, which generally ask you to say your last prayers.

But I didn’t give up. I thought it was my duty to inform the irresponsible captain. Perhaps he too was sleeping or else he would have swerved the plane away! I shook my sleeping co-passenger to let me out. He thought I was in urgent need to go to restroom. But when I told him the grave situation, sceptically he leaned over my seat to look out.

And then he laughed out loudly ! I felt pity on him. He had lost his mental balance to realize that these were last moments of his life.
What he told me after that, had made me look the other way in utter embarrassment. He told me that it was the wing of the airplane and NOT another plane.

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This photo was taken after the incident. πŸ™‚

My husband still laughs at my stupidity. Other family members would never know about it (they don’t read my blog). πŸ˜€

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30 thoughts on “When my plane was about to collide!

  1. Quite an interesting incident. I remember something similar happened to me on my first plane journey to Andaman. Only difference was that I understood before sharing my fear to my co passengers πŸ™‚

  2. My blood pressure went up reading this one. It came down at the end, tho’.
    A gripping tale that was. πŸ™‚
    That’s a lovely picture; the first one.

  3. Manish,
    You know how impatient we women are. πŸ™‚

    And you are granted, it was your first flight. This happened last year when I had flying experience of thousands of miles. πŸ˜€

  4. Divya,
    Imagine my condition ! At that moment I was really pissed off seeing that small plane challenging our bigger plane.

    And thank you. πŸ™‚

  5. LOL! (Well, we can all laugh about it now, it turned out okay!) πŸ™‚ I’m glad you shared that photo of “the other plane,” because looking at it I can see how you might have mistaken that wingtip for another aircraft in the darkness! You owe your seat-mate a debt of gratitude – if he hadn’t clarified the situation for you, you’d have burst into the cockpit shouting your warning and scared the happy-crappy out of the flight crew! πŸ™‚

    The first photo is lovely, good job figuring out how to getting that shot despite your dirty window. I ALWAYS get stuck with dirty airplane windows.

    I hope your health improves! Have you had your thyroid checked? Take care of yourself!

  6. It was a nice post Nisha. At first I though there was another plane going to collide and you were saved due to the courageous move. The end left me laughing πŸ™‚

    A nice read for the morning.

    Regards,
    Abhilash

  7. Beautiful photo and great story!
    I love that you thought it was your duty to inform the captain – forget radar and all those instruments in the cockpit… πŸ˜‰

  8. Laloofah,
    I had to take the photo of the other plane… to remind me how stupid I was. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for your concern, I am recovering. No Thyroids for me. πŸ™‚

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