Mayday: the international radiotelegraph distress signal used by ships and aircrafts.  It’s origin?  (Venez) m’aider, French for (come) help me!

Mayday is also one of my favourite programs on the Discovery Channel. If you’ve never watched an episode — I think I’ve seen them all — and if you’re not a fan of flying this may not be the show for you.  The show re-enacts various air crashes, near-crashes, and other incidents most of which end in tragedy or death.  Still, I enjoy watching the re-enactments and the investigations and how the investigators reach a conclusion as to the cause of the disaster.

When D sent me a text message saying his flight to Paris had been delayed due to a technical issue my mind turned immediately to Mayday. A technical issue, huh? Faulty wiring? Missing nuts-and-bolts? A delay in cleaning the lavatories?  It was to be none of these.  Apparently, the aircraft was struck by lightning on its arrival to Toronto from Paris yesterday afternoon.  Struck by lightning.  And they planned on putting people back on the plane and fly it a gazillion kilometers across the ocean.

According to what I’ve learned on Mayday, aircrafts get struck by lightning on average once per year. Did you know that?  Did you want to know that?

D’s flight, originally scheduled to leave at 7 pm, didn’t depart until 10:43 pm.  My imagination worked overtime as I tried to remember something, anything about what happens to a plane that’s been struck by lightning. It obviously wasn’t too big a deal as I fell asleep quite easily.  (D arrived safely in Paris on Monday morning.)

Watching Mayday doesn’t dampen my love of flying; however, it does have me peering out windows, looking at clouds; listening to the engine during take-off; marvelling at how flexible the wings on a plane are.

And I’m trying to be that flexible too.

Bend but don’t break.

After a crazy two weeks in Toronto which saw me being rushed to the ER, having to navigate through the stress without stressing my mother out any further, and coming to terms with my mortality, I plan to keep those words in mind: bend but don’t break.

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2 Comments on “Help!”

  1. April 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM #

    I have no problem flying and forget that others might get a bit anxious…until the last flight when the girl next to me crossed herself when we touched ground! Tanya, what happened in Toronto that had you in the emergency room! Are you okay?

    • April 28, 2012 at 3:31 PM #

      Oh Delana… Yes, I’m doing fine (now). I’m struggling because it depresses me a bit thinking about it so I haven’t written about it although I may just do so. We’ll see. Thank you for asking though.

      I have no problem flying either. In fact, I love it. To my, flying still amazes me. That a huge, hulking piece of machinery can get up in the air, albeit with engines roaring, is a testament to man’s accomplishment. Where would we be if we hadn’t taken that step?!

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