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NWA Captain's Account of the Oberoi (Mumbai) Terrorist Take Over

Old 14th Dec 2008, 06:51
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Brings back memory of one pitch black African night when I woke up with riot like noises on the streets, people running up and down, húndreds of them.

Like in this thread, for a few minutes I just sat down in my room, trying to comprehend the situation, planning my next step. Same doubt as in this thread in deciding to go down to the lobby or lock myself up.
Flashes of the whole hotel being "cleaned" by a blood thirstly, money hungry and foreigner hating machete armed mob flashed through my mind.
The situation really scared the &^%$ outta me, dáng, did I feel helpless for a second.

Many African states are so politically unsteady, this could be a real scenario. Things can turn ugly overnight there.

It turned out they were celebrating some political event! They just had fun!

Airlines might consider "training" crew for this kind of danger. As flying itself gets more and more difficult to target, these fanatics are looking for easier opportunities.

When I started flying long haul some 30 years ago, there were a few large hotel fires each Year worldwide. That really scared me so much I always carried an emergency escape rope with me for a few years. But then hotels got higher! But also got sprinklers etc so I stopped taking it with me.....
Sickening idea to spend a lifetime training to control all kinds of airplane related risks, and getting choked in a hotel room....
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Old 15th Dec 2008, 01:02
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Question Is it ok to post this here?

Dear Collegue.. a bit Off Topic..therefore you re not the author of this report...is the original author aware that his email is posted here..??open for the worldwide audience?? Stating full names,details within the report?Don t misunderstand me..surely it is interesting to read it..i know the hotel myself and left about 10 days before the killings...but i personally wouldn t like,that something designed for my friends and relatives is accessible for basicly anyone.. Best regards

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Old 15th Dec 2008, 06:01
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Frabase, I understand exactly where you are coming from hence the deletions of last names. I thought the information was worth sharing and it didn't seems to contain anything personal other than the actual experience of the event.

If this post is becoming an issue, then I will ask the moderator to delete the thread. I hope that you or anyone else can understand that I had no ill intention when I re-posted the e-mail. Thanks.
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Old 15th Dec 2008, 06:54
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Frabase and Tak,

I actually thought the same thing. Reason being, the CAPT who wrote this is a family friend. My dad sent this e-mail too me a few days before it was posted here. When I saw it here, I wrote my dad to ask him if Tom knows that this went out for all to see. I realize this is the risk you take when an e-mail is sent out to many recipients, so Tom should have taken this into consideration.
Again, no darts at you Tak as I can see it is a good read but just not sure if Tom would have wanted this to go out to the world...

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