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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:41 PM

Please ensure that all items are securely stowed in the compartment above you...

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Reply Please ensure that all items are securely stowed in the compartment above you... (Original post)
brooklynite Mar 2021 OP
hlthe2b Mar 2021 #1
intrepidity Mar 2021 #4
Arkansas Granny Mar 2021 #5
Hermit-The-Prog Mar 2021 #17
hlthe2b Mar 2021 #18
Butterflylady Mar 2021 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2021 #3
ChubbyStar Mar 2021 #6
intrepidity Mar 2021 #7
hlthe2b Mar 2021 #8
SharonClark Mar 2021 #10
hlthe2b Mar 2021 #11
Sugar Smack Mar 2021 #13
SeattleVet Mar 2021 #20
Rorey Mar 2021 #9
wnylib Mar 2021 #19
Rorey Mar 2021 #21
wnylib Mar 2021 #23
jmowreader Mar 2021 #12
Rorey Mar 2021 #22
IronLionZion Mar 2021 #14
Duppers Mar 2021 #15
hurple Mar 2021 #16

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:48 PM

1. They certainly didn't seem too concerned. Especially the woman who wouldn't even look up

until 2/3 through the flight after the man finally spotted the cat. Hard to know what was going on, but those reactions certainly don't "track" with what was going on.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:53 PM

4. Yes, that was extremely disturbing nt

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:54 PM

5. Her reaction was kind of strange. I'm glad kitty was OK.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:44 PM

17. She did the best thing for the cat -- stay calm, don't give it a reason to jump or scramble.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #17)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:52 PM

18. No one is stating she should have reached for it--certainly not. The unusual thing that others are

likewise picking up on is that she seemed oblivious to the situation. You don't even see the guy seemingly saying anything to her to warn her to remain quiet.

Just an unusual response, that is all. For the cat's sake, I am sure her obliviousness was probably a life-saver since she didn't even seem to respond once on the ground.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:51 PM

2. OMG, so glad he landed when he saw his extra passenger.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time yelling land, land, land the darn thing. So happy to see the kitty safe on the ground.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:52 PM

3. Thank goodness the cat stayed put till they landed! n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:58 PM

6. That is one cool cat

They knew to wrap their paws around the bar and hung on. Must have been scared as hell.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:00 PM

7. Notes from the pilot:

A standard flight until... i still don't know if it got in after the pre flight check or if i missed it.
The cat is doing well, she is still our mascot.

Edit :
Ok some details :
- the cat was INSIDE the wing, not on it. she was actually pretty safe in there, the danger was if she wanted to get down to reach us..
- i was the pilote, the woman was on her first flight as a passenger. she smile and giggle a lot, well because that's what flying does to people sometime.
-i told her not to reach for the cat. i told her not to move at all actually. i trusted the cat to not move if we didn't try to reach for her.
-you can see me smile shortly before landing. I was pretty assured by then that the cat wouldn't move and there was a relieve of tension; and the radio exchange with the control tower was kinda hilarious, i couldn't contain a smile.
-cat is a female.
-the flight was normally 20minutes long

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:03 PM

8. Well, that explains a bit. Yes, I would have been concerned if they had reached for the cat, but

the fact the woman didn't even acknowledge its presence was strange.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:28 PM

10. She did acknowledge it a 1:38. Did you watch the video?

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #10)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:31 PM

11. Yes. I certainly would not comment on a video I hadn't watched.

Up thread I mentioned her strange inattention until about 2/3 through the video and then only scarcely glancing at it. That is strange. But given her unusual and seeming unpredictable reaction, I just glad the cat
made it back to the ground ok. She obviously wasn't a "cat" person, given she didn't even seem relieved when he jumped down after landing.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:37 PM

13. I thought that was strange, too

until I saw that she'd been told to not move at all. That would have paralyzed me; I'd worry that even moving my head a little might startle the cat & cause kitty to fall off. I'd wonder how I'd gotten into this situation. 😂

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 04:41 PM

20. I would love to hear the exchange he had with ATC!

The controllers I've dealt with have all been super professional...even when dealing with events WAY outside the norm, and this would be a classic!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:24 PM

9. Silly cat

He was probably napping and then thought WTF!

I'm glad he made it down safely.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 04:19 PM

19. Did you notice the cat moving its head

as it recognized that they were getting close to the ground again? Looked to me like the cat was relieved to see it. "Ah, good. Solid ground again."

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Response to wnylib (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 07:39 PM

21. I was afraid he was going to jump

As the "mom" of four cats, I feel qualified to say that some aren't particularly bright.

Case in point: One of mine spent the night outside last night because she hasn't been able to figure out the cat door into the garage, from which they can then get into the house. They have another cat door in the back door of the house, but I make it exit only when I go to bed because last year a raccoon figured out how to get in through that door.

The cat door system has been in place for many months. Every night I have to wait until that silly cat is in for the night before I adjust that cat door. Last night she snuck out after I went to bed.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #21)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:23 PM

23. LOL. Some cats are clever. Others are just cute.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:31 PM

12. They had to land...

A sport pilot certificate only allows one passenger.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 07:40 PM

22. ....

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:05 PM

14. Sneaky stowaway got a free flight

or thought it was a good spot for a nap

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:28 PM

15. I remember this cool video.

The kitty had probably crawled into the wing for a nap.

Bet the wings were checked for cute little stowaways after that.

😺

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:34 PM

16. Didn't do much of a pre-flight inspection...

Apparently

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