A helicopter was flying around above Seattle yesterday
when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the
aircraft's electronic navigation and communication
equipment. Due to the clouds and haze the pilot could not
determine his position or course to steer to the airport.
The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled,
drew a handwritten sign and held it in the helicopter's
window. The sign said "WHERE AM I ?" in large letters.
People in the tall building quickly responded to the
aircraft, drew a large sign and held it in a building
window. Their sign said, "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER.' The
pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map and determine the
course to steer to SEATAC (Seattle/Tacoma) airport and
After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the
pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign helped
determine their position. The pilot responded, "I knew
that had to be the MICROSOFT building because they gave me
a technically correct but completely useless answer."
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