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Cut Throat Island Air Station

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Cut Throat Island Air Station
Part of Pinetree Line
Labrador, Canada
922d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 922d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Coordinates 54°29′47″N 057°08′00″W / 54.49639°N 57.13333°W / 54.49639; -57.13333 (Cut Throat Island N-27A)
Type Radar Station
Site information
Controlled by Aerospace Defense Command
Site history
Built 1957
Built by United States Air Force
In use 1957-1961
Cut Throat Island AS is located in Newfoundland and Labrador
Cut Throat Island AS
Cut Throat Island AS
Location of Cut Throat Island Air Station, Labrador
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Cut Throat Island Air Station (ADC ID: N-27A) is a closed General Surveillance-Gap Filler radar station. It is located 160 miles (260 km) east-northeast of CFB Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.[1] It was closed in 1961.

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Paradise 228, cleared to land straight in runway 4 left. Be advised traffic two o'clock, a mile and a half... ...maneuvering fifteen hundred, he has you in sight. Paradise 228. - Give me flaps fifteen. <i> {alarm starts beeping} </i> Cabin decompression. Activate emergency oxygen. All right. Emergency oxygen ... activated. Paradise 228, we are experiencing rapid cabin depressurization. <i>{second alarm starts ringing}</i> Fire in number 2 engine. Number 2 thrust lever, idle. Number 2 start lever, cutoff. Number 2 fire handle, pull; I'm turning it to the right. First fire bottle fired. Paradise 228, this is approach, confirm depressurization. Paradise 228, we are experiencing rapid cabin depressurization, followed by a fire in number 2 engine. Paradise 228, say souls on board, fuel on board. Paradise 228, souls on board ... 75 passengers, 5 crew. Fuel on board ... 7000 pounds. OK, review the fire checklist. <i>{a third alarm starts beeping}</i> Uh-oh, we've got a hydraulics problem. Hydraulics? <i>{alarms whine down to a stop}</i> I'm sorry, gentlemen, but we gotta stop; we got some sort of a computer malfunction out here. I don't know about your pal, -BJ-. <i>{laughs}</i> *Software technician, please report to simulator 9.* *Software technician, to simulator 9, please.* Really had you guys going in there, didn't we? You did? Gee, I didn't notice. Anything seem strange to you up there? - Oh, no. I always practice landings with one engine on fire, no hydraulics, and a hole in the fuselage? I mean, doesn't everybody? Do I detect a tone of hostility here, Mr. Mallory? - Damn right. Nobody thrusts three major emergencies at you in a simulator, all at the same time. Come on! - Whoa, whoa, whoa, that was two! Really? Where'd you learn to count? How do you figure, Bob? Well, I mean rapid depressurization really isn't a serious problem at 10,000 feet. That's correct. Good, that was two, Mr. Mallory. Awareness is the key, here. Besides, it doesn't make any difference how many major emergencies you're dealt. When you're up there for real, you better be able to handle them in the order of importance. And you have simply -got- to learn to stay ahead of your aircraft. I was just following procedure. But you got to be able to combine procedure with good judgment. You gotta use your head. You gotta think, to be able to prioritize and focus on what's essential. Hey, Craig, hold it, hold it. Whoa, look, look. I flew what? 100 missions in 'Nam. And I'm here to tell you, when it hits the fan, you better be ready. Because you're supposed to be a pilot, not just a glorified bus driver. Excuse me, but we're doing OK so far, aren't we? - No, you're doing all right. But you might try to think about what we're saying here, Craig, that's all. *Mr. Grant, please call your office. Mr. Grant, please call your office.* That guy would never have made it in combat. At least, not in the Navy. Of course, I uh, I can't speak for the Air Force. Oh, he'd have done all right in the Air Force, if he'd gotten his training at Vance. Oh yeah, why's that? Because you would have been his instructor? Yeah. And unlike you, I used to get through to my students. <i>{music}</i> Pardon me, miss? Have we met somewhere before? No, I don't think so. Oh, well, uh, can I buy you a drink? Randall Gillette, what are you doing? I thought you were supposed to be flying. Well, I just couldn't find it in my heart to leave you alone here on Waikiki, jogging like this. Yeah, yeah. Hey, you can't beat me, I'm on a bicycle! Hey, Mimi, I have two wheels here, where're you going? Catch me now, hotshot! Mimi, hold up! I got something I think you should see. Mimi! What? From Paradise? Uh-huh, thought you'd want to see it right away. Here, you do it. First Officer Tompkins, congratulations! This is to notify you that you will attend captain upgrade training beginning May 1, 1988. All right! - About time! Nine years. Nine years! You're gonna be making history again. You were Paradise's first woman copilot, now you're gonna be their first woman captain. Yeah, like my father used to say, no one ever expects an airline pilot to be a woman. You've always gotta prove it. Well, you don't have to prove it to me. Oh, Randall! OK, I'll race you back. Winner buys lunch! Hey, hey, hey, you should buy lunch! You got the promotion! <i>{shouts for joy} - {laughs}</i> Come on! Mom, what's a Flying Cross? What kind of cross? Flying. It says here Grandpa was given a Distinguished Flying Cross. Let me see that. I thought you were drawing -me-! Oh. Where did you get this? The stuff Aunt Julie dropped off this afternoon. She said she told you. Ah, it must have come from those old scrapbooks she got from Mom. Sure looked handsome in his uniform. He was a hero, huh? Yeah, he was. I must have been about your age when that was taken. You know, I remember being there. The band was playing, and everybody was cheering. After the ceremony we all came to the beach to have a picnic. Can girls be heroes? Sure they can. Have you ever been a hero? No. But you have a uniform. It takes a lot more than a uniform. So ... {clears throat} what do you think, huh? I think ... you should keep flying. Well, who asked you anyway? You did! - Not to get that answer, I didn't! Come on, we'd better go. I told grandmother I'd pick up your sister by two, and we're going to be late. Paradise 257, verify we are cleared to land. Tower, it looks like there's a DC-9 still on the runway. Verify 257 is cleared to land. 257, I already told you, you -are- cleared to land, 8 left. Repeat, you are cleared to land. Thank you, Paradise 257. Can I offer you a word of advice? Sure! When you go to uh, upgrade training next month...'re probably gonna have to be a little bit more assertive, you know what I mean? No, I'm not sure I do. Don't get your back up. You're a fine pilot; you're gonna make a, a solid captain. It's just that-- - That what? Some guys, like the guy in the tower when we came in today... ...they're really going to test you. - I think I handled it. You did. You did, only some women are more gentlemen than men. You know what I mean? Listen, you really have to assert yourself! I'll keep that in mind. Look, I'm sorry I got so defensive. You flying tomorrow? Only if I don't play golf. Mimi! Hi! - Hi! You wanna get a beer when you're finished? Oh! Meet you at the Wind Sack, half an hour? Great. - I'll grab a table. Bob, did you get a chance to look at those paint samples I showed you at lunch? I checked the ones I liked. You okay? Yeah, sure, why? Just seems like you've been someplace else today. Something BJ said, got me thinking about the Air Force again. Trim that mainsail for me, will you? And? Those pilots I trained? Watching them go off to 'Nam... I still wish that I could've gotten a combat command. Well, I'm glad you didn't. You did everything the Air Force ever asked you to do. Yeah, but I always wonder... How would I have measured up? <i>{indistinct chatter and laughing}</i> Oh, thank you. Beer. How do you stay so skinny? Mm, that's why I keep running. So I can eat anything I want. You should talk. Ah, I have to watch everything. Mm-hmm. You painting again? I think I'm driving my girls crazy; I'm trying to put a show together. Can I see? So, today was your last flight as First Officer, huh? No, I'm gonna give it one last shot tomorrow from the right seat with Roy. It's our last chance to fly together. Which flight? 243, the last three legs. - 243, that's my flight! Oh great! - Yeah! Still memorizing those lists, huh? Randall says I mumble checklists in my sleep. What do you think? Mmmm! Well, I don't know much about art but that's pretty terrific! Well, how could you go wrong with a subject like that? She's beautiful. Thanks. I don't know, they're growing up so fast. I think it's my way of trying to freeze time, you know? I'll drink to that. - Oh, wait a minute. And... To Captain Mimi Tompkins. <i>{ominous music}</i> Bob! What are you doing here? Well, I'm just filling in. Where's Chris? Well, let's see, I made about six trips for him already today; ...he must be somewhere around the 14th hole at Turtle Bay by now. How about you? I came out here this morning just to prove to Chris Lexell... ...what a crackerjack copilot he's going to be missing. That's good by me. You show me and I'll tell him. Good deal. Chris gave me a little advice yesterday; I just wanted to show him I was listening. Mimi, you don't have to prove anything to Chris or anybody else. I know. He knows too. *Paradise 243, this is Hilo approach. Descend to two thousand, heading one four zero.* *Radar vectors to a visual approach, runway 8.* Paradise 243, descending out of seventeen for two thousand, heading one four zero. So you're a short-timer in the right seat. One more run to Honolulu and I move over. Hilo approach, this is Paradise 243, we have the field in sight. *Roger 243, cleared for visual approach, runway 8.* Ah, cleared for visual approach, runway 8. Tell you what,... ...since this is your swan song as first officer, why don't you make the Hilo to Honolulu run too? Sounds good to me. Bye-bye. - Bye. Take care. Bye. - Bye. What is this? Cookies are for first-class passengers, not for hungry flight attendants. Aww, C.B., we're starving! A little starvation would do you good. Now, quickly, dandy out, straighten up, before the passengers come aboard. Aye, sir. Hope you like Portuguese beans; that's all they had. Ahh, sounds good. Which reminds me... I baked these last night. Oh, I don't know. I sure hate to see a first officer move up who knows how to keep a captain so well fed. *Paradise Flight 243 for Honolulu, now boarding at gate 3.* Michelle, I brought these for everybody. Cheesecake! Mm, you're wicked! Oh, but we love you anyways. - C. B.? Mm, I couldn't. Every time I eat something lately, it goes -straight- to my hips. That's because you're the -hippest- senior attendant on Paradise. What?! Well, will she do this when she's captain, that's what I want to know. Only if you're good. Our plane's right over there. Hello, how are you? - Fine, thanks. Hello. - Hello. Hello. *Goodbye!* - *Bye bye, thanks for everything!* Hello. Aloha. - Right here. These two seats. You OK with that? Fuel? - Pump's on. 11,000 pounds. No smoking, seatbelts. - Auto ... on. Why don't you let me get that, sir? Go ahead and sit down, go ahead. There we go. They never give you enough overhead space, do they? No, thank you. Michelle, I'm Doug Torbel, I'm a ticket agent for Pan-Oceanic on vacation. Thought I'd hitch a ride back to Oahu with you guys. Well, it's nice meeting you. It's open seating, why don't you take a seat ... and one of us will be by to take your drink order after we take off. Yeah, I know how it works. Is everything OK? Yeah, we're fine, thanks. Did you enjoy your stay here in Hilo? Yeah, I went up to a real volcano! Kilauea. Yeah, in a helicopter! It was awesome. I bet it was. Catch you later. - Bye. Hi. Hi, hi, excuse please, excuse please, make room for Tui! Thank you. Hi! Hi! Aloha. - Aloha. Hi, I'm Tui. I dance at the Liki-liki, ever seen me? No, I don't think so. Huh! Too bad for you! Uh-oh. Can I help you? I'm not sure. Do you have a bigger seat? Not exactly, but I think I can get you a belt extension. Could you tuck your bag underneath the seat, please? Thanks. Cindy? What are you guys doing here? I thought you were on your honeymoon! We're on our way home. Jeff has to get back to work, and Paradise has me scheduled to fly this weekend. Aww, me too, I've got to fly every weekend this month. So, how was it, guys? Great, but too short. We went to Waipio Valley. Ah, that's just perfect. Isn't that the most beautiful place in the world? Well, we wouldn't know, we never left the room. Except once for breakfast. I want to hear more about this, but later, guys, OK? Everyone's aboard. There are 89 passengers. Thank you. - Can I get anyone anything? No, thank you. - No thanks. Paradise ramp, this is Paradise 243, we have 89 passengers, 5 crew. Standing by for corrected weight and balance data. Over. Aloha, ladies and gentlemen. We'd like to welcome you on board Flight 243, bound directly for Honolulu. *At this time, we'd like for you to check your seatbelts and make sure that they are securely fastened.* *To fasten the seatbelt, insert the clip into the buckle.* *To release, lift up on the buckle.* *A card located by your seat will acquaint you with the safety features on board.* *We recommend that you review the card before takeoff.* *There are six emergency exits.* Jeff, pay attention. I hate it when I'm doing this and no one pays attention. I'll tell you what, when we get home, you can slip into a uniform ... ... and make this announcement, and I will give you my undivided attention. OK. Hilo tower, Paradise 243, request taxi and clearance to Honolulu. *Paradise 243, taxi to runway 8.* *Wind zero niner zero, at one two. Altimeter two niner niner eight.* Roger, Paradise 243, runway 8. <i>{ominous music}</i> Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks, may I offer you some complimentary cookies? No, no, thank you. Takeoffs always make her nervous. When we're actually flying, I'll do just fine. When we get there, I think we ought to rent a, a jetski. Don't you? - Can I drive? Can you drive... No, you can't drive. Most boys I know like flying better with cookies. Yes, ma'am, thank you! You have a very nice young man there. Thank you, I'm very proud of him. *Will the flight attendants please secure the cabin and prepare for takeoff?* Have a pleasant flight. Thank you, we will. - Thanks. Final clear. Let's complete the checklist. Shoulder harness? - On. Exterior lights. Transponder. Radar. Radios. OK, ready for departure. Recall? - Check. OK, Mimi, it's your airplane, take us to Honolulu. One point eight nine. Power set. This is neat. *Paradise 243, Hilo departure, you are 2 miles south of Ocala intersection...* * center one one niner point three.* Ah, Roger one one niner point three. Honolulu Center, this is Paradise 243, climbing out of one three thousand, for flight level two four zero. *Roger, Paradise 243, proceed Ocala direct Lanai.* Direct Lanai. Looks like we're in for some light shocks; better keep the seatbelt sign on. Sir, could you keep your seatbelt fastened until the captain's turned off the sign? How about a beer? Sure, what would you like? A light, or a regular? No, no, I mean when we get back to Oahu. How'd you like to join me for one? No, I - I don't think so. Thanks. *Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached a cruising altitude of 24,000 feet.* *Flight 243's on schedule, we'll be landing in Honolulu in approximately ... 27 minutes.* Excuse me. Could you ...? What's the matter, honey? Jane, look after them. Is everything all right? I don't think so. Up there. <i>{screams}</i> Mom! I can't breathe! I can't breathe! Paradise 243, Honolulu Center, you are two miles off course. Please verify your squawking seven seven zero zero. Over. Honolulu Center, mayday, mayday, mayday! Paradise 243, descending out of two four zero. Rapid depressurization. Declaring an emergency! Declaring an emergency! Get a supervisor; ... ...tell them I've got an emergency halfway between the Big Island and Maui but no verbal confirmation. I'll notify Maui something may be coming their way. Maui approach, this is Honolulu Center. It's no use! Listen to me! It's no use! The system's gone! It blew away! Oh my God! Bob, are you OK? Bob, how do you hear me? Honolulu Center, repeat mayday, mayday! How do you hear me? Paradise 243, twenty miles east of Makena. Rapid cabin decompression. Descending out of nineteen. Declaring an emergency! Over. Repeat, mayday, mayday, mayday! {memory} *Come on now, nobody's going to save you; you gotta save yourself.* *Control your airplane; control it!* *Don't let it get away from you. Watch your gauges, stay on top of it.* *Wait, wait now. Come on, come on, we don't have all day.* *Ease it back, ease it back, ease it back.* *That's it, that's it.* *OK now, partner, take us back to base.* Things happen too fast in a jet. You're losing altitude every second you hesitate. But Captain, when the buffets started, I looked outside at the ground for a visual reference. Yeah, and if you'd continued to do so, we'd be a grease spot in the dirt right now. You gotta stay ahead of the airplane. Remember, you're clicking along up there at 600 miles an hour. That's 10 miles a minute. You fall behind, you fall into middle quicksand. No one's going to pull you out but yourself. Yes sir, I know that. But when the right wing started to drop... ...and you pulled my power back, I guess I got kind of excited. You focused on the problem, instead of flying the aircraft. Now the only way to stay ahead up there is to know those emergency procedures cold! You don't have -time- to think. - Sir, I started to cross-check my instruments... ...but you threw me two situations that would never occur together! That is hardly fair. Look, I'm not here to be fair. I'm here to teach you how to stay alive. Now before you get into combat, you gotta realize there's a lot more to know about flying a jet... *...than just knowing what to do with a stick and a rudder.* Can you tell how bad it is back there? I don't know, but the left side of the fuselage and ceiling are gone! I'm gonna try putting it down in Maui. I'll try to raise them on the number 2 radio. <i>{screams and shouts}</i> The left engine's dead. There's no EPR, our fuel's low. Yeah! I see that! Do you want me to try to restart the engine? We can try, but I think it probably sucked in part of the fuselage. In-flight start envelope ... is OK. Thrust lever ... closed. Start switch ... light. Check. Start lever, idle detent. - Got it. Come on, baby, kick in! Come on, come on! No go. We're gonna have to make it on one! We've done it in the simulator. Now we've got the real thing. Didn't you always want to be a test pilot? This isn't exactly what I had in mind. Maui tower, this is Paradise 243. Maui tower, Paradise 243, over! {memory} *16 years of service including a tour in Vietnam...* ...the recipient of three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a Distinguished Flying Cross... Chief Foreign Officer Gilbert Kili Honda! Oh Dad, you were great! Everybody's so proud. Oh, now, don't go making it more than it is. The Army gives away a lot of medals. - Not so many. Enough. - But yours is special. Just part of the job. Really? I mean, that's really how you see it? Even when you're flying a helicopter and they're shooting at you? Aren't you afraid? Always. But you do it anyway. 'Cause if you don't, some of your buddies might get hurt. You just do what you have to do and hope it all works out. But what if it doesn't? Then it doesn't. At least you tried. Run and get your mother so we can leave. Oh, no, no, don't, don't! Here miss, let me help you a little. I got ya. Here, here, put your arms over here. Hold it! - Hang on, hang onto her! Jane! Jane, can you hear me? Oh! Mi- Michelle! I hurt so much! Just ... lay still! It's going to be OK! Keep your hands on her. Keep your weight down on her. Listen to me! Don't let up! Don't let go! Hang on, hang on! Get your life vests! Underneath your seat! Put them on! Take that one right there. Get it! - Pull it out! Put your life vests on! Underneath your seat! Put them on! Maui approach, this is Paradise 243. Maui tower, this is Paradise 243, inbound for landing. Over. *This is Maui tower. Say again?* Maui tower, this is Paradise 243, inbound for landing. We are just east of Makena, descending out of twelve. One engine out. We are experiencing rapid depressurization and are declaring an emergency. Over. *Inbound Paradise flight calling Maui tower, say again your call sign?* What Paradise flights do we have due in? Paradise two four four and two four six. This is Maui tower, is that Paradise two four four on the emergency? *This is Paradise two four {indecipherable, sounds a little like three}.* That two four four or two four three? Two four four. Two four four, say again? Come on, come on. Right. We're coming in with one engine and a big hole in the airplane... ...and they're worried about a wrong flight number. Maui tower, this is Paradise two four -three-, inbound for landing. Over. I'd say it was two four three if you ask me. Why the hell is two four three coming in here? Paradise 243, this is Maui tower, say your position. Maui tower, this is Paradise two four three. We are now just west of Makena Point, descending out of ten thousand. Request emergency clearance for landing into Maui. Get Crash Fire Rescue on the hotline, tell them we've got an inbound Boeing 737... ..., declaring an emergency, and we may have depressurization. Depressurization? From what, a bomb? How the hell do I know? Just make the call. Then notify Honolulu we've got the emergency -on descent- and he's coming in. You got it. Paradise 243, this is Maui tower. Crash equipment is rolling; I've closed the field to all other traffic. Altimeter two niner niner niner. OK tower, I got everything. Attention all personnel! We have a 737 inbound with a depressurization problem, landing on runway 2. Let's get going! <i>{starts alarm ringing}</i> *On the double!* <i>{sirens start}</i> *Two four three, winds zero four zero at one eight.* Crosswinds are still pretty stiff. No point worrying about it... ...'cause our plane's probably going to fall apart before we get there! Paradise two four three, this is Maui tower, just to verify... your call sign two forty- -four-, correct? Or is that two forty-three? Damn! {into mic} Two forty- -three-! Paradise -two- -four- -three-! Hang in there, Mimi, they'll get it! By then, who'll care? Roger, two forty-three. Plan straight in, runway 2. I'll advise of any wind change. Paradise two four three. Hey! Help me! Help me, I- I need a life vest! I need a life vest for my boy! I don't have one! OK, put yours on. I'll put his on. Put it on, David! Put it on! OK. - What do I do with it? What do I do with it? I don't know what to do with it! - Wait a minute, I'll put it on. Mom! Mom! - Hold on. David! Oh God! Now buckle up. And listen to me! We're going to be all right, do you hear me? Now don't pull on these... ...unless we land in water. Only if we land in water! We're going to be OK, do you hear me? We're going to be OK. OK! OK! - OK! Put it on. Let me help you. Wait a minute, it's stuck on something. <i>{gasps}</i> What the hell are you-- No! Don't! Don't touch it! - What is it??? Don't touch it! It's just a piece of plastic! It's stuck to my face! Let me get it off. - No! No! Don't touch it! Listen to me! Listen to me! We'll take it off when we land. Now don't touch it! Everything's going to be OK! Just hold onto your life vest. Trust me! - All right! Don't touch it! Put your life vests on! - Yes. Put her life vest on! - My wife needs help! Can you help her? We're gonna make it. Just hang on. - All right. We're gonna make it. - All right. Put her vest on. - Yes. Just hang on! Hang on! - All right! Auxiliary power seems OK but we got a hydraulic system warning light on. Yeah, but the gauges read normal! Yeah, I wonder what's causing it? *Paradise 243, this is Maui tower. Confirm your altitude.* Maui tower, Paradise 243, descending out of eight thousand. We're too high! Want the gear down to help us descend? What? Want me to try lowering the landing gear? No, not yet. I got to do a controllability check first. I got to find the minimum speed we can fly while we still got enough altitude to recover. You mean you want the flaps out now? Yeah, give me flaps one. Flaps one. Where's your jacket? - He lost it!!! It's all right, just stay calm. I'll get an extra one from the back. Just stay calm. OK! I'm going to try calling the cabin again. Michelle! Michelle, do you hear me? Jane! C.B.! Anybody back there, can you hear me? Bob? Bob? Mimi! Mimi, it's Michelle! Mimi! No answer. The intercom must have gotten knocked out when the fuselage went. That's a problem we got to get around. Speed one-ninety. OK, give me flaps five. Flaps five. Jefferson County tower, this is Cessna two eight Juliette. I've got the field in sight, turning now on final approach. Cessna two eight Juliette, I have you in sight now. You're cleared to land, runway two niner. Be advised severe crosswinds. *Three four zero degrees, eighteen gusts up to two five miles an hour.* This wind has really changed; you-- you sure you can handle this, Mimi? Roger Jefferson tower, Cessna two eight Juliette. No problem! We've gone over this a hundred times. But you've never landed in it. This is a whole new ball game, honey, these gusts are dangerous! You've got to fly her -all- the way in. This is serious, Mimi! If you don't hold her steady, you can stick a wing in the dirt now. Dip your right wing into the wind, keep your nose down, and your airspeed steady till you touch down. -Then- level off! *Keep her steady! Keep the nose down, Mimi!* Keep her steady! Keep your nose down! Slip her in there! That's good. Mimi! Let's review the one engine inoperative descent and approach checklist. Plan a flaps fifteen landing. Set vee ref fifteen. Maintain vee ref fifteen plus five knots minimum on final approach. - Got it! Anti-ice ... off. Air conditioning ... - OK, OK, that's good! Now watch the gauges, and give me flaps fifteen. Flaps fifteen. The hydraulics read normal. They're going down symmetrically. <i>{screams and wails}</i> It was easier to control with the flaps up! Bring it back up to flaps five before this whole thing falls apart! *Paradise 243, this is Maui tower. Straight in runway 2, cleared to land. Winds zero four zero at two zero.* Roger, Maui tower. Understand cleared to land. Is emergency equipment standing by? Did you copy last transmission, two forty-three? I think they can hear you, but they can't hear me. Maui tower, Paradise 243. Copy winds. Understand cleared to land runway 2. Tell them that we're gonna need assistance to evacuate the airplane. We can't communicate with the flight attendants. But we need the trucks. And an air stair from Paradise. Maui tower, Paradise 243, how do you hear? *Paradise 243, read you loud and clear, go ahead.* We are going to need assistance. We cannot communicate with the flight attendants. We will need assistance when we land. Paradise 243, you're going to need an ambulance, is that correct? - That's -affirmative-! What's the story on the ambulances, Rick? - On their way. I spoke with the dispatcher -twice-. Well, tell them to step on it; we could have a real mess out here. Anybody spot something, sing out now. How does it feel? Like we lost the hydraulics! The gauges read normal! Yeah, well, it must be something else then. But it's beginning to handle like a truck! Can you get it back on course? I'm working on it. OK. Let's see if we can get the wheels down. - Got it! The mountain! We're going to hit the mountain! - No! We're out of control! We're out of control! - No! {screams} We're going to die! I don't want to die! No! - Mom! No! Everybody stay calm! Oh God! {indecipherable shouting} We're going to die! We are under control! And we are -not- going to crash, do you hear me? We've got to stay calm! Everything's going to be all right! Stay calm! We're not going to crash. <i>{music only}</i> <i>{music with faint screams}</i> I've got two green lights in the main gear; no nose gear! Try it again. The light's still off. The nose gear won't come down. Prescott, F.B.I. How do I get to the airfield? - Our truck. It's no use! The nose gear won't come down! Try the manual override. Nothing! The indicator light's still off. Release the handle! - I did! Now try it! Damn! Tower, this is Chief One with CFR. We're in position. Now how much fuel and how many passengers are we looking at here? Over. Thanks. You Kapali? - The hell are you? Prescott, F.B.I. We just got word of an inbound jet with an onboard explosion. When's it due? It's on approach right now. It just isn't going to do it. 243, you still up? Can you give us souls on board, fuel on board? You better give them a passenger count. Fuel is 8000 pounds. Maui tower, Paradise 243. We have 89 passengers and 5 crew. *Fuel* {transmission breaks up} Maui tower, 243, you're breaking up, please say again? Chief One, this is Tower. Just heard from inbound 243. Souls on board 94. Transmission broke up, we couldn't get a fuel estimate. We're probably looking at something in the neighborhood of 1500, 1600 gallons. Maybe he was able to dump some of it before they crossed land. No way, the 737 isn't equipped with fuel dumping capacity. You're kidding! - And the good news is, it's all stored in the wings. Oh, wonderful. - *Keep you posted. Tower out.* Chief One out. - What's the story, chief? She's coming in loaded. Fifteen hundred gallons of fuel, at -least-. Fifteen hundred. What happens if she skids when she hits the runway? She'd be a fireball before we even reach her. When we come in for a landing... ...I want you to lean forward, grab your ankles, keep your heads down. When we come in for a landing, lean forward, grab your ankles, and keep your heads down. How's the pilot? - What? I mean, this plane's shaking pretty good. There's a lot of smoke coming out of that right engine. I mean, is he OK? I don't know. Well, I've done some flying. I mean, you don't need some help? All right. When we come in... When we come in, lean forward... Hold her! Keep her down! Hold her down! Hold her down! I can't see anything! What do you think I should do? Why don't we both go for it together? OK? Let's go, come on. Oh, I don't know! You know, the only way to get to that cockpit, I mean... It would ... be going over those seats, right? Either -do- something or shut up! I got a lot of people here who need me. Are we gonna go? Are we gonna -go-? Airspeed's at one seventy. How's number 2 holding up? Not good. She's starting to overheat. Come on, baby, just a few more minutes! *OK, 243, Maui tower, just to verify, you broke up initially.* *You -do- need an ambulance, is that correct?* They -still- don't get it! Maui tower, Paradise 243, -affirmative-! *Roger. How many do you think are injured?* We have no idea. We are -going- to need assistance. We cannot communicate with our flight attendants. We are going to need assistance with the passengers when we land. *Roger, 243, we have an ambulance on the way.* I hope he doesn't mean ambulance in the -singular-! Tell him we're coming in without a nose gear down indication. No way can we do a fly-by to check; we -have- to land! Maui tower, Paradise 243. Be advised we have no nose gear. We are landing without the nose gear. The nose gear won't come down? - You want me to notify Kapali? Damn it! Yeah, call CFR, tell them to get ready for an explosion. If it cartwheels, we'll have bodies from here to the beach. - You got it. Roger 243, if you need other assistance, advise. Maui tower, Paradise 243. We need all the equipment you've got. This is Kapali. Say again? *Inbound 243 indicates its nose gear -won't- come down.* *Any chance you can foam the runway?* You're joking! When, in the next two minutes? You got what you got! Better pray for a miracle. I've got the field in sight; can you see it? Yeah, I got it. Pull the aux speed brakes. Put the start switches on low. - OK. We're still drifting left of center! Can you get back over? I'm working on it. It's tough with only one engine against this much crosswind. Number 2 engine's continuing to overheat. 50 miles of chewing metal has that effect. Now the airport wind's zero four zero at one six. Passing through two thousand, airspeed one seventy. We're still left of course! Run the one engine inoperative landing checklist. It calls for flaps fifteen; we have to stay at flaps five. I know; maintain 170 knots for now. Run the rest of the checklist anyway. Start switch ... on. Recall ... check. Come on, come on. Be there. Paradise 243, winds now from zero five zero at two zero. Speed brakes armed ... green light. Landing... The next two items on the checklist are landing gear down and flaps fifteen. We're gonna have to improvise. Give me a vee speed for a flaps five landing. It's not in here! Check asymmetrical trailing edge flaps. There's a -formula- for it! Got it! Flaps one to fifteen, set vee ref forty plus thirty knots. Forty plus thirty, uh... that's uh... what, one fifty-three? No, well, let's see. The vee ref is one twenty-two. One twenty- - Two! Plus thirty is one fifty- -two-! One fifty-two, right! It's too slow! - Got to go back to 170 knots! I got 'em. I got 'em. My God! The cabin roof's ripped away! Wait... the landing gear... I can -see- the landing gear. It's, it's down. Get on the radio and let them know they -have- a nose gear; it's -down-. I just hope it's -locked-. *Paradise 243, we have visual contact.* *Your landing gear appears down. Repeat, your nose gear -is- down.* 243, we copy. It's down! - Let's hope it's locked! Paradise 243, you're coming in pretty hot. What's your landing speed? *One hundred seventy knots.* One hundred seventy knots, that's two hundred miles an hour. They'll run out of runway. They'll never make it. On landing, do you want me to go to flaps forty, help slow it down? Yeah, but not until we touch down. - Right. OK, we're coming in now! I want you to grab your ankles, lean forward, and keep your head down! Listen to me! Do it! Grab your ankles! Keep your heads down! Put your head down. Put your heads down! Put your head down! Bend over and grab your ankles! We're coming in! Keep your heads down! Hold onto me, David. - Mom, grab your ankles, it's the rule! Get your head down! Grab your ankles! Grab your ankles! We're coming in! Grab your ankles! Bend over, we're coming in! We're coming in! Grab your ankles! Come on, come on. Move out! Move out, let's go! I love you, Mom! - I know, baby, I love you, David! Hold onto your ankles! Bend down! Keep your heads down! Lean forward! Grab your ankles! Put your head down, David! All right, everybody! This is it! Speed brakes. Number two thrust reversal on. Flaps going to forty. Yay!!!! Ah-ha-ha-hah! Whoo! Paradise 243, just shut her down where you are. Everything is -fine-. Maui airport is -still- closed. That was one hell of a landing. Are you kidding me? That was one hell of a -flight-. Let's run the passenger evacuation checklist and get out of here! We made it, Jane! We made it! We made it! Are you OK? - I think so. I think so. I'm a registered nurse! I can help! Hold onto me. OK. I wish I could help! No, you don't have to help; I've got everything taken care of. Where's C.B.? - It's gonna be OK. It's gonna be OK. Cindy? Get the stair door for me; I'm going to take Jane down the slide. Oh my God! OK. Do you want me to come with you? - No, no, it's all right, I'll be right back, I'll be right back. My wife needs help here. *Right, let's get some help over here; chute coming down!* *Paramedics, on your toes, here we go!* *Got that falling there, that one piece!* I just released the emergency slide. You can all get out up here. No! Don't! - It's OK, it's OK. Someone will be up here in just a second. Just stay calm. If you're not hurt, leave the plane! Just stay calm. OK. - Now watch her, she's really hurt. Watch her! Come on, we're supposed to leave. Come on. Dad's -never- going to believe -this-! David, -move-! Come on. Crash Fire, quick, let's go! Hustle! All right, let's go, go! Come on, Mom, it's great! I'm coming, David. Easy, easy! Good, good. Keep it coming. Let me have your hand. Just keep a little pressure on it. Medic! We need some medical help up here, right away. OK, please move to the back of the plane. If you're not hurt, please move to the back of the plane. *Get somebody down below, right away!* Come on, let's go, let's go. Let's go, huh? Hey! Prescott, F.B.I. I want you to get everyone who can move -off- the plane. That's -exactly- what I'm doing. Now! Excuse me, you're gonna have to leave the plane. But I'm a registered nurse. I can help. I'm sorry, but we've been ordered to evacuate the plane. I'm sorry. - You gotta be -kidding-! Hey! Move it! *Yeah, the other one's hung up at the roadblock. We just gotta make do here. Come on, guys!* I'm not going to be able to handle this alone, I need some help! - Come on, right over here. All right, all right, let's pull that one out of here! Can you help us? Can you-- can you help us please? We need help up here! It's OK. It's OK. Where's the pilot? He's completing shutdown. I'm the first officer; who are you? F.B.I. I understand there was an explosion on board. Explosion ... No, I don't think so. Let's stick with the facts, not opinions; what -happened-? I'm giving you the facts; there was no explosion. It was more like a, like a loud -tearing- sound. Tearing? - Yeah, like the sound fabric makes when, when you rip it. There was no bomb? - No, no bomb. I'll help you with that. You'll be all right. Keep her warm. I want you to keep pressure right here. It's all right; get some more help up here. OK, easy, easy. - Who was that? I don't know ... somebody from the sheriff's department, police or something. They thought it was a bomb. Try metal fatigue. - Yeah, I told him, I told him it just ... tore apart. Medics! Up here! Come on, fellas, we need your help. - It'll be all right... ...we have somebody here who can help you. Hey! Up here! We need your help! You talking to me? - Yeah, I'm talking to you, come on! You threw me off, remember? I know, I'm sorry, it was a mistake. We need your help. Come on! OK. Right here. OK, easy. <i>{music with some sounds of people being treated}</i> You all right? Yeah. It's C.B. She didn't make it. Excuse me. I just wanted to shake your hand. Kapali, Crash Fire Rescue. You did a hell of a job. Captain, there's someone who wants to talk to you. Schornstheimer. Hey, six-shooter! I'm up here in Paradise dispatch, and all of a sudden for some reason you're the main topic of conversation. Now how you doing? Well, we got in a bit of a situation up there, but, uh, I think everything's under control now. Yeah, I heard you handled yourself pretty good for an old Air Force flyboy! Well, I wasn't alone up there... I had a hell of a team. And they call us glorified bus drivers? Listen up, I'll see you when you get back here. Maybe I'll even buy you that dinner I owe you! See you, mate! - You got it. Debriefing will be in the tower. I got a van whenever you're ready. Look at that.



The site was established in 1957 as a manned Gap Filler radar station, built by the United States Air Force, under operational control of Cartwright Air Station and part of the Pinetree Line of Ground-Control Intercept (GCI) radar sites.

The station was assigned to Aerospace Defense Command in 1957, and was given designation "N-27A". Aerospace Defense Command stationed the 922d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron at the station in 1957. It operated an AN/FPS-14 manned Gap Filler search radar.[2]

When they established the first camp site they needed a cook. The man who was employed by the US army as a cook was named André Charbonneau. He was born in Chartierville in Québec.

USAF units and assignments


  • 922d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Activated at Grenier AFB, New Hampshire 26 May 1953
Moved to Cartwright Air Station, 1 October 1953
Discontinued 1961[3]


See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.
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