BY JORGE BONILLA
En route to Washington, D.C., to attend CPAC, The Shark Tank’s very own Javier Manjarres survived a harrowing landing at Washington’sD.C. Reagan International airport, and lives to tell about it.
Per Javier the aircraft, a U.S. Airways Airbus A319 on Flight from Charlotte to D.C., was issued bad weather, low-ceiling, and turbulence warnings prior to approach at D.C. Reagan. At exactly 11am on Tuesday morning, the plane was coming in over the Potomac, gear down, when all of a sudden, it abruptly begins to ascend.
The pilot comes on the intercom and cites “conflict on the runway” as the reason for the sudden course change. Pressed further by Javier, the pilot helpfully clarifies what “conflict” was, which is to say, “…there was one plane on the runway and we were comin’ in, and there was not enough room for the two of us..”. Well, allright, then.
Listen closely at the end, and with a bit of back-of-the-napkin math you can figure that this pilot had almost no reaction time. At a mile out and an approach of a few hundred miles an hour…figure a few seconds, at best.
I spoke to Javier immediately after he got off the flight, where he told me that the pilot did an excellent job in averting the other plane, and eventually landing the plane.
Lest anyone think this is sequester-doom-air-traffic-controller-layoff-related…well, allow me to retort. It’s happened before. Plus, the federal government spent $1.5 million to study lesbian weight gain.
In any case, The Shark Tank is pleased to report that Javier is alive and well, allegedly into a clean change of underwear, and ready to chronicle and bring us the goings-on at CPAC 2013. We look forward to it.