November 3, 2007


Passengers revolt after being told to fly on jet with its wing tip missing (DANIEL BOFFEY, 3rd November 2007, Daily Mail)

An airline crew faced a rebellion when they told passengers they were going to fly on a jet that had lost its wing tip in a runway crash.

The SriLankan Airlines customers had been on the Airbus A340 a day earlier when it sliced through a wing of a stationary British Airways 747 at Heathrow, delaying departure by 24 hours.

So they were amazed to be boarding the same plane next day for the ten-hour flight to Colombo.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2007 5:58 PM

Shouldn't be "Shatner wept"?

Posted by: Foos at November 3, 2007 9:17 PM

Peter Falk is Colombo.

Posted by: Phil at November 4, 2007 12:52 AM

Jonathan Lithgow did Shatner's role in the 80's "Twilight Zone" movie.

I had a friend who went to Hahvahd and was in the same "house" Lithgow had been in: he visited one day. Told them that when they shot the scene where he looks out the window and does the wide-eyed scream, they rigged him up with a special-effects eyeball that exploded as he screamed. In editing they spliced in the exploding eyeball, but in too few frames to really notice. Sure enough, if you had a "jog" feature on your videotape player, you slow it down and watch his eyeball explode. I expect the DVD's got it too.

Posted by: Twn at November 4, 2007 2:02 PM