Short Final: Jumpers Away
While flying on a pleasant Sunday afternoon near Northwest Missouri, I heard the following on a local Unicom frequency.
After several seconds of nothing but screaming, I was expecting to hear a “Mayday” call. Instead, a slow, calm voice said, “Jumpers away over Lexington. Use caution 10,000 and below.”
You could still hear the screaming continue in the background. This was followed by an unidentified voice, with a southern drawl saying, “There sure was a lot of screaming going on in that jump plane!”
The jump-plane pilot came back with, “She’ll be all right.”
There was total silence in the background now.
I hope the jump‑plane pilot was right.Bob BenoitCentralia, MO
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