At approximately 1520 this afternoon, JetBlue 74 left Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International airport, preparing for a shuttle flight to San Diego Intl.
Passengers aboard the flight included Jim Roberts, 57, who was heading to San Diego to celebrate the last birthday of his daughter. Rosie, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness last year. Shortly before departure, Jim posted this image on social media using airport Internet connectivity:
Heading out to see my darling Rosie. It so brilliant to be on this Earth with her today!
JetBlue 74 spent a short while holding short of runway 07L, but this was of no consequence to Jim, who, chatting to his daughter on the phone, can be heard saying “As long as I see you, I’m happy!”
The plane lined up for takeoff, and pilots conducted final checks. They were happy that all was well on the flight.
After being handed over to approach, pilots realised that there was a serious problem. They were losing all lift and, despite attempts to pull up, found it incredibly difficult to claim, though they were not stalling.
I hope you enjoyed my story. It is a sad one, that is true. FAI (Fatal Accident Investigators) are yet to have reviewed the case. Please note if you see my crazy settings, like the flaps (!!!) then those were set purposefully to send this plane down- I was actually setting this up.
Please let me know what you thought of this post, as I plan to do another!