Flying Around

 

 


 

A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when
an electrical malfunction disabled all of the
aircraft's electronic navigation and communications
equipment. Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot
could not determine the helicopter's position and
course to fly to the airport.

The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it,
circled, drew a handwritten sign, and held it in
the helicopter's window. The pilot's sign said
"WHERE AM I?" in large letters.

People in the tall building quickly responded to
the aircraft, drew a large sign, and held it in a
building window. Their sign read:

"YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER."

The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map,
determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport,
and landed safely.

After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked
the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign
helped determine their position.

The pilot responded "I knew that had to be the
MICROSOFT building because they gave me a technically
correct, but completely useless answer."