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GUAM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER--1:04 A.M. Asia Pacific Time.
The Air Emergency Computer Screen suddenly lit up! An alarm sounded! Chaos began to ensue within the control tower! The two air traffic controllers on duty, literally jumped out of their seats! Up to that point it had been a routine, if not downright, slow night!
“What do we have, Joel?” the lead controller immediately asked.
Joel stared at the radar screen! “Looks like a bogey, Chris! Approaching from the southwest. At 32.5 degrees!”
Suddenly, the “bogey” on the radar screen turned red!
“Its squawking!” Joel called out! Chris immediately punched in 108.23, the international emergency sideband! The speakers in the control room suddenly came alive!
“MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! THIS IS AJIRA AIRWAYS FLIGHT 316! WE WISH TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY! DO YOU READ GUAM CONTROL??!!”
Chris grabbed the microphone. “This is Guam Control! Please repeat your identification!”
“THIS IS AJIRA 316! REPEAT! AJIRA 316! WE WISH TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY! WE HAVE SIX SOULS ON BOARD AND ARE RUNNING LOW ON FUEL! PERMISSION TO LAND ON ANY OPEN RUNWAY!”
“Roger, that, Ajira 316,” Chris replied, “you are cleared to land on runway 42 Right! Repeat! You are cleared for runway 42 Right! Do you request emergency medical assistance?!”
“NOT AT THIS TIME, GUAM CONTROL! BUT HAVE EMERGENCY VEHICLES STANDBY! PUT DOWN FOAM ON THE RUNWAY BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW IF THIS BABY’S GEAR IS GOING TO HOLD!”
“Roger, Ajira 316! Emergency vehicles are on their way! We will keep this channel open for any further assistance!”
“ROGER, GUAM CONTROL! I HAVE THE AIRPORT IN SIGHT! BEGINNING DESCENT AND AM LINED UP ON 42 RIGHT! MUCH OBLIGED!”
Joel noticed that Chris’s face was as white as a sheet! “What’s wrong, Chris?” he asked, “you look like you’ve just seen some ghosts!”
Chris frowned, “Yeah, and I’ve just cleared those ghosts to land on runway 42!” Next: Chap. Two “The Landing”