“Love on a Super 80, livin’ it up while I’m goin’ down…”
No, seriously! 1998: Just reached cruise on a pretty empty flight from LGA to ORD, that’s New York to Chicago for those of you non-airline folks! Standing in the back galley– Loud POP:
Airplane shifts to right. Hmmm…fresh outta flight attendant school and even I know instantly, something’s not right here.
Can you say ‘catastrophic engine failure?’
The MD80, or S80 as some airlines continue to call it by it’s earlier title, is equipped with two engines and we just lost one, our number two engine!
Flight attendant mode kicks in–“I can smile & make you think everything is a-ok, even if the plane is going down…”
Not the way it’s supposed to be done, but it CAN land on one engine…and that day, we did just that as we prepared for an emergency landing to PHL (Philadelphia). Flight attendant checklist complete. Thankfully, landing uneventfully…probably one of the scariest moments of my career, but certainly not the only one! I will be sharing more stories like this in the future.
Shift back to the here & now:
Watching the #1 flight attendant take preferences, I thought of the many times I had done the same. I remembered the airplanes I’d boarded, deplaned, the number of overhead bins I’d closed. And I reminisced on all the times I stood in the aisle holding up that effing O2 mask during the safety demo- while nobody listened. It seems like a lifetime ago…a life I had lived once, so far from now.
All things begin and end on a Super 80. Most training flights out of DFW. I met my husband on one…I even joined a certain “club” on one (Let’s be clear, it was a one-time thing!)!!!!
And now, here I sit, again, on a Super 80.