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Flying Instructor Helps In Aircraft Emergency Handling - A True Story

At the end of a long wait of about ten more minutes for my Instructor to tell me what to do, I was sure he has either forgotten about me or is busy handling emergency in some other aircraft being flown by another trainee pilot. By now I was confident of executing the ejection from my stricken aircraft. I was closely watching the doll's eye vertical lines to turn horizontal indicating that fuel transfer has started from the wing tanks to the main service tank which feeds the engine. But no such thing happened.

I looked down at the ground below the aircraft. It was all barren, treeless and full of boulders. How I wished, I was at home and not in this cockpit. Will I survive this ejection? Will I reach the ground safely and without any injuries after ejection, considering that this is going to be my first ejection and parachute descent? I was apprehensive of my ejection successfully.

I looked at the chronometer in the cockpit. It has been fifteen minutes since my last conversation with my instructor in the aircraft far behind me. The flying instructor is supposed to help the pilot trainee in handling the aircraft emergency. But this instructor flying two aircraft and half an hour behind in another aircraft did not seem to be interested.

I was left all alone in the sky in a bad aircraft. I was going to be thrown out of the aircraft the moment I pull the ejection loop. Will my flying instructor ever help me handle this emergency? I was lost in my thoughts for a while and forgot my fears of ejecting from the cockpit. I prayed and got myself ready for executing ejection. I felt like I am a convict going to be hanged the next moment. Fear gripped me again. But I was going to pull the ejection loop any moment.

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