Much more satisfying than watching yet another in-flight movie
October 17, 2012 6:19 AM Subscribe
"Thanks to extra fuel left on their plane and a pair of binoculars from a passenger,
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the crew of [an] Air Canada jetliner was credited Monday with assisting in the rescue of an Australian yacht adrift in the South Pacific."
"The pilot asked if someone had a pair of binoculars that could be brought to the cockpit and the massive jetliner began circling around, dipping its wings from side to side, he said.“Jill was surprised how nimble the plane was,” Mr. Lawrence said in an interview. “The pilot said, ‘If anyone spots the boat, hit your flight attendant call button’ and somebody did! Somebody with binoculars spotted the boat.”
"Everyone on the Air Canada jetliner cheered after they were told the boat was found and a rescue plane was on its way, Mr. Lawrence said."
(Original link and quotes are from a Globe & Mail story, but the paper is going behind a paywall soon. Here's another report from the BBC