Polish Airways flight 113 was descending for a
landing at an airport they had never been to before. The pilot looked
out the windshield and suddenly exclaimed to his copilot, "Holy crap!
Look how short that runway is! I've never seen one so short!"
The copilot looked out the windshield. "Wow! you're
right! That's insane! Are you sure we can make it?" "Well we better,
were almost out of fuel."
So the captain got on the intercom and notified the
passengers to put their heads between their knees and prepare for an
emergency landing. Then he set the flaps to full down and slowed the
plane to just over stall speed.
The jumbo jet came screaming in, on the ragged edge
of control. The pilot's hands were sweating, the copilot was praying.
They touched down and came screeching to a halt JUST before the edge
of the runway, the tires smoking. "Whew! That was close!" yelled the
captain." That runway was short!" "Yeah!" said the copilot," and wide