We’ve secured an exclusive interview with Samson Wallis on the Russian, Ural Airlines Airbus A321 passenger jet that had to emergency land into a corn field on August 15th, 2019. Since Wallis’s crash he’s been a big advocate for Drone safety and agreed to speak with us.
Mr. Wallis tell us what you’ve been up to.
Just been busy with my personal life and my job. Which I am here to discuss.
This reporter would like to state that Mr. Wallis smiled and many women in room were blushing.
Speaking of your personal life. How is Cory?
I’m not talking about my personal life, I am only discussing this incident.
All right, we had to try!
I understand. You’re not the only one to try.
So, this wreck, that’s scary. What do you know?
Well, I know as much as you do. That an Airbus took off with over two-hundred passengers and crew members on board and that they collided with a flock of birds.
I’m surprised that birds could take down a plane, are you?
No, I’m not. Unfortunately, I know, better than most, it can take something much smaller to cause an accident. This happens often with birds. In this particular situation the birds were sucked into the engines causing them to stall. Luckily the pilots had been trained appropriately and landed in a corn field off the end of the runway.
That sounds a lot like what Captain Sully Sullenberger went through a few years ago.
Yes, exactly. Only a pilot with experience and quick instincts can make it out safely from something like that. All those passengers, I’m sure are more than thankful for Yusupov and Murzin’s quick thinking. Every single one of them survived which is a miracle.
What does it take to be able to have those types of instincts?
Time. Yusupov had over 3,000 hours and that’s a good amount of “practice.” What we pilots are doing in those simulators, with all of our training, and flight time in the sky is learning not only how to think in an instant but also to trust our instinct and not freeze up when and if the time comes to use our skills.
It’s nice to be able to report good news too.
I can’t agree more.
Our time is up. Is there anything else you’d like to add for your many adoring fans?
Nope, that’s it for me.
This reporter thinks he has something to hide but I guess I’ll never know.