I'm wondering why certain stories are reported by the MSM. This Saturday morning musing has been prompted by the reports that a routine flight to Iqaluit, yesterday, made an emergency landing at YOW (Ottawa International).
Why would this particular event be reported by the CBC on it's national newscast and picked up by the print MSM?
Slow news day?
Anything about the arctic is interesting just now?
A reporter was on hand at the airport and noticed something wrong?
Canadian North is developing a more competitive edge in going after First Air business?
I've made 2 emergency landings at YOW on First Air flights heading home, then, to Iqaluit. In both cases fuel was dumped on the unsuspecting Ottawaians as we circled the city. Neither landing was reported by the MSM even through the landings were made on consecutive days.
Getting off the plane after the 2nd emergency landing I vowed never to fly First Air again, least on the YOW to Iqaluit run (I did use First Air to fly back and forth to some remote communities because there is no choice usually) and I never have. There really is nothing like circling a city at about 4,000 feet dumping fuel and watching oily smelling smoke waft through the cabin while listening to a din of smoke alarms chirp away. I think it has been the only time I've completely understood a feeling of helplessness.
Two days in a row finished me. I switched to Canadian North and haven't looked back.