A twin-engined turbo-prop, operated by a major commuter airline, was
making an instrument approach to land at Elko, NV, in a blinding snow
storm. The aircraft's left wingtip contacted the Elko VOR which is
located on a hilltop about 4 miles south of the airport. The aircraft
bellied into the ground and skidded down the front of the hill.
Fortunately, although both crew members and several passengers received
serious injuries, there were no fatalities. A few weeks later, I was
climbing the airstair to board a commuter flight out of Elko, on the
same airline. An old gentleman who was at the top of the stair just
ahead of me leaned into the cockpit where the captain and first officer
were preparing for departure.
The man said to the Captain (a young fellow):
"Son, do you see that hill over there?" (pointing to the VOR hill).
The captian replied, somewhat hesitantly, "Yes Sir?"
To which the old man repied simply "GOOD".
--Brad Leach, email@example.com
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