Panic stricken, the local sheriff mobilized and descended on the farm in force. When they got there, the disaster was clear. The aircraft was totally destroyed with only a burned hull left smoldering in a tree line that bordered a farm.
The sheriff and his men entered the smoking mess but did not find the remains of anyone, including the President. They spotted a lone farmer ploughing a field not too far away as if nothing at all happened. They hurried over to the man's tractor.
"Hank," the sheriff yelled, panting and out of breath. "Did you see this terrible accident happen?"
"Yup. Sure did," the farmer said, cutting off his motor.
"Do you realize that is the airplane of the President of the United States?"
"Were there any survivors?"
"Nope. They's all kilt straight out. I done buried them all myself. Took me most of the morning."
"Oh my god. President Trump is dead?"
"Well," the farmer grumbled, restarting his tractor. "He kept a-saying he wasn't... but you know what a liar he is!"
Bank teller Aziraphale had a lovely first date with a man he met at a flower shop a few days earlier. Why, he was practically walking on air. But everything came crashing back to earth when four criminals arrived at the bank the next day with heavy ammunition. Crowley knew he should have asked Aziraphale what he did for a living...
Um anyways! How about lots of cliche Gabriel as a cop, Beelzebub running the operation, Aziraphale having to negotiate, Crowley turning informant. I want it all.
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Castiel and Dean meet for the first time on a plane ride out of Nowhere, Alaska. Castiel’s headed home after an impulsive solo vacation and Dean, a hardened Alaskan native, is just trying to get out of the impossibly small town he grew up in that’s got nothing left to offer him. They forge an instant connection over Dean’s flying anxiety and whiskey, a meet-cute that has all the makings of a rom-com with a sickeningly sweet happy ending. That is, until their plane explodes in mid-air, crashing headlong into the Alaskan wilderness and killing everyone on board save for Dean and Castiel. When no rescue shows up to save them, the two men are forced to make some tough decisions. To make it home alive they’ll have to trust each other and find faith neither of them has ever really wanted. Will they survive or succumb to the unforgiving mountain wilderness? And will their journey tear them apart... or bring them closer together?
1996, a Boeing F/A-18C Hornet slammed into the stern USS Abraham Lincoln at a speed of 150 knots on its final approach and skidded across the flight deck before sinking into the sea, pilot ejected and was caught by crewmen before he could follow suit.
Glimpses Into What 2018 Has In Store for the Signs
Aries: The scent of pine trees, mist-shrouded mountains, a night kiss under a street lamp, ducking into a bookshop to get out of the rain, crying in the bathtub, butterscotch lattes.
Tauros: Wild honeysuckle, a love letter delivered too late, lavender tea, lilac candles, meeting your Rosaline, a white cat brings you luck, a canopied bed.
Gemini: Jazz music floating through the evening air, crashing waves, rooftop bars, city skylines, a ripe plum, forgetting a day you swore you’d never forget.
Cancer: Sunday brunch, oversized sun hats, a garden party, white dresses, watching the sunrise, raspberry lemonade, catching yourself smiling when you think of him.
Leo: A road trip, blueberry pies at a diner, a desert, a storm, a family mystery you must solve, a German shepherd, insomnia, sunflowers.
Virgo: Airports, an old friend, a secret sorrow, rosemary bread, eucalyptus trees, swearing off men, a drive-in movie theater, planting a garden.
Libra: An unmade bed, a silent museum, champagne popped, heartfelt apologies, umbrellas, a car full of friends, fire escapes, chocolate milkshakes, a new nickname, a piano, a cousin, the elephant in the room.
Scorpio: A hurricane-style romance, a kite, a baby’s cry, silver sandals, speakeasies, the song that used to mean everything, red roses, a meteor shower.
Sagittarius: Chinese takeout, a 3am phone call, hushed voices, that hallway, a swan, a joke told at the right time, crushed violets, meeting Othello, sitting on the doorstep, an unanswered text.
Capricorn: A war brewing, a crisp September apple, someone returning, someone leaving, a red scarf, muffled laughter, a dare, a wound, watch out for foxes.
Aquarius: Snow covered overcoats, a Valentine, a hero met, a villain vanquished, dancing until the sun comes up, a hot air ballon, a child’s smile, a job offer, a full moon rising.
Pisces: A lakeside cabin, a dog lost, a fish caught, mango sorbet, that loveliest of voices, a hidden cove, sailing away, eyes meeting from across a room, a getaway town, a mourning dove.
Exactly 16 years ago, on the night of July 1st 2002, the small town of Überlingen near Lake Constance in southern Germany was rocked by the news of a terrible air accident that happened nearly 10 kilometers above the city. As a search and rescue effort was launched by the authorities, two horrible truths quickly surfaced - that no one had survived and that the accident involved two aircraft.
The sequence of events of the distaster started a few days before in Moscow. A group of gifted students from the town of Ufa were being taken on a trip to Spain organized by UNESCO. Because of a mistake made by the organizers, the children, after arriving by train from Ufa, were dropped off at the wrong airport in Moscow, missing their scheduled flight. After two days, new arrangments were made.
On the evening of July 1st 2002 Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, a chartered Tupolev Tu-154M, took off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, en route to Barcelona. Overall, there were 69 people on board - 60 passengers (including 45 children, parents of some of the children also taking on the role of guardians of the group as well as and the wife and two children of russian architect Vitaly Kaloyev) and 9 crew members. The cockpit of the Tupolev was crowded - the command of the flight was in the hands of 52-year-old captain Alexander Gross. He was an experienced pilot, with over 12,000 hours of flight time behind his belt. Normally, the duties of the first officer would be fulfilled by 41-year-old Murat Itkulov - however, Flight 2937 was also supposed to be Captain Gross’ evaluation flight. Because of this, Itkulov’s duties were taken over the chief pilot of the airline - 40-year-old Oleg Grigoriev. The cockpit crew was rounded off by 37-year-old flight engineer Oleg Valeev and 50-year-old navigator Sergei Kharlov. There were also 4 flight attendants on board.
Another act of the tragedy began in the evening of July 1st on the tarmac of the airport in Bergamo. One of the planes taking off was DHL Flight 611. The cargo Boeing 757 was completing a second leg of a routine flight from Bahrain to Brussels, with a scheduled stopover in Bergamo. Since the Boeing was a cargo plane, there were only 2 pilots on board - 47-year-old British captain Paul Phillips and 37-year-old Canadian First Officer Brant Campioni.
Because of the assigned air corridors, the paths of both planes would intersect in the airspace around Überlingen. Even though the town is located on the German side of Lake Constance, the air traffic control survelliance and guidance in that area is handled by the private Skyguide air traffic control center in Zürich. On the night of the 1st of July, the center was, however, not fully operational. At the time, the scheduled maintenance of both the radar array and the telephone lines was planned. Because of this, the anti-collision warning was switched off and the radar picture was delayed. The telephone lines were also switched off. During the evening, there were two controllers on duty responsible for the southern German sector. However, since the traffic had been light that evening, the second controller decided to take a break - while it was against regulations, it was a common practice at SkyGuide. This meant that as both planes flew into the control area, there was only one controller on duty - 34-year-old Peter Nielsen.
Because of international aviation regulations, both planes were equipped with a system called TCAS - Traffic Collision Avoidance System. In case both planes were on a collision course, the system would identify a conflict and issue opposite oral commands to the flightcrews, ordering one to descend and one to climb until they are clear of conflict. As they entered the Skyguide controlled airspace, both aircraft were cruising at an altitude of 36 thousand feet and on a collision course. However, at the time Nielsen’s attention was fixed on an AeroLloyd flight attempting to land at Friedrichshafen Airport. Since the telephone lines were disconnected, Nielsen could not contact the airport’s control tower to hand the flight over to them. Also, since the Friedrichshafen approach area was displayed on a different radar screen than the area over Überlingen and the collision alarm was switched off for maintenance, Nielsen at first did not spot the danger.
The TCAS system, however, did. As both the Tupolev and the Boeing closed the distance, the system activated on both planes. At first, it only advised the crews of approaching traffic. However, as the planes neared each other, the warning step activated. It instructed the Russian pilots to climb, while the DHL crew was given the instruction to descend. The DHL pilots followed the system’s command and began their descent. The cockpit voice recorder in the Russian plane, however, registered audible confusion on the part of the Russian pilots, who were unsure of whether to follow the commands of the TCAS, or to wait for the ATC to respond to the situation.
As Nielsen came back to his original station, he quickly spotted the danger. In his haste, he contacted the Russian airliner and ordered it to descend, not knowing that the DHL plane was descending as well (the pilots of the cargo plane did radio in the fact that they were descending as told by TCAS, but Nielsen did not hear their radio call due to his attention being diverted to the AeroLloyd flight). The Russian pilots followed the command of the controller, even though TCAS was telling them to climb. Seconds before the collision, both crews spotted each other in the night sky - but with the closing speed of both jets, it was too late to avoid the collision.
At 11:35 PM local time, both aircraft collided in mid-air at a near 90 degree angle at an altitude of 34,890 feet. The tailfin of the 757 sliced through the midsection of the Tupolev just before the wings, tearing open the central fuel tank and causing a catastrophic explosion. The Tupolev disintegrated in mid-air, with the wreckage falling in a large area in the farmland around Überlingen. The crippled DHL plane, having lost 80% of its vertical stabilizer, became unflyable and later crashed in a forest near the village of Taisersdorf. As the German authortities began the rescue operation, it quickly became clear that no one had survived the violent impact. 71 passengers and crew on both planes were killed.
The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation helmed the main part of investigating the disaster. The final report laid most of the blame on Skyguide, citing the actions of controller Peter Nilsen and substandard facility management as heavily contributing to the disaster. The German report also called for clearer procedures regarding the handling of situations where TCAS and ATC commands conflicted with each other. The ICAO, also accepted those suggestions, implementing a rule by which TCAS commands now have precedence over ATC instructions in all situations.
The story of the Überlingen would, however, take an even darker turn. After the crash, Peter Nielsen had to be hospitalized and put under psychiatric care due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He would never work as an air traffic controller again.On the 24th of February 2004, Nielsen was stabbed to death by Vitaly Kaloyev - the Russian architect who lost his entire family in the accident. Shortly after the murder, Kaloyev was arrested by the Swiss police and later handed a prison sentence for murder. He was, however, released from prison in November 2007, since the appeals court deemed that the original sentence did not account for Kaloyev’s mental state while committing the crime. He returned to Russia, where he would later serve as a Minister of Construction in the Republic of North Ossetia. He would retire with honors in 2016.
In 1964, a B-52 crew was pushing the bomber to its limits when suddenly things went very wrong. The bomber lost most of its vertical stabilizing tail fin. The crew was preparing to eject when they realized they still had some control of the plane and flew it back. In total, the bomber flew for 5 hours without 83 percent of its tail.