was flying around above Seattle yesterday when an electrical malfunction
disabled all of the aircraft's electronic navigation and communications
Due to the
clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter's position
and course to steer to the airport.
The pilot saw
a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign, and
held it in the helicopter's window. The pilot's sign said "WHERE AM
I?" in large letters.
People in the
tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign,
and held it in a building window. Their sign said "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER."
The pilot smiled,
waved, looked at his map, determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport,
and landed safely.
were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN
A HELICOPTER" sign helped determine their position in Seatle.
The pilot responded
"I knew that had to be the MICROSOFT building because, similar to their
help-lines, they gave me a technically correct but completely useless