Monday, December 03, 2007

Delayed Takeoff

I was still sleepy when I boarded the 635am plane bound for Manila. I must have slept for a few minutes when the plane positioned itself on the runway. Then it began to gain speed for the takeoff. But after a few seconds, the pilot stepped on the brakes causing a little commotion on the startled passengers. He announced that we have to return to the tarmac for a quick maintenance check up. That calmness of his voice was quite a relief.

I really didn’t know what I felt at that time. In my frequent travels, this is the first time I encountered such. No, it wasn’t fear. I just could not explain it. I immediately sent a text message to my wife informing her of our situation.

When the plane crew allowed us to go to the pre-departure area, as our scheduled departure was changed to 830am, I immediately left my seat. The first thing that came to my mind was to fill my empty stomach. I bought a bunwich and a cup of coffee. Good thing I met badminton acquaintance at the pre-departure area. The little chat about badminton and the plane’s mechanical problem seemed to have eased me a little bit. I returned to the plane upon hearing the final call.

When the plane safely landed at the Manila domestic airport, I whispered a short prayer thanking the Lord for the safe travel.

9 comments:

Black_Mamba said...

Thank God nothing serious happened :)

sasha said...

Amen to what Black Mamba said. Be safe. God bless, Lazarus.


Sasha

Lazarus said...

Amen, Ivy and Sasha! THe Lord is good all the time.

Iskoo said...

nakakapnood ko ng mga plane crash investigation sa national geography ay nagkaroon ako ng kaba sa mga eroplano, kaya nung nabasa ko ito parang kinilabutan ako, buti nalang iningatan kayo ni Lord sa biyahen inyo

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carey said...

Thank God you're safe. Good thing the pilot handled the situation well, otherwise he could have caused more alarm to the passengers. Life is truly fragile.

vernaloo said...

oh my goodness! that was creepy! cebu pacific pa naman ako this december...waaaa

Anyway glad you arrived safely Lazarus :)

pauL said...

counting our blessings (^_^)

Mommy Chi said...

it's good that you've reached safely in manila. :)

CM said...

Buti naman at ligtas kayong nakabalik ng manila. God is good parin talaga. :)