While international rescue crews continue their desperate search for the missing Malaysian airliner, south Florida had its own drama:
Rob Ramirez was surrounded by houses, some just completed and others still under construction. Piloting a plane that just lost power, Ramirez found the one spot that kept him alive and the new suburban-style homes intact.
Towing an advertising banner, he ditched the powerless plane into a man-made lake near the new homes in Aventura Isles, a community rising south of Ives Dairy Road between Interstate 95 and U.S. 441. The plane was heading back to North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines when it ran into trouble.
After splashing down, Ramirez, who has been flying planes for 28 years, made his way out and calmly waded to shore. — Miami Hurled
Missed everything and survived. And be sure that plane will be hauled out of shallow water and back in the air by the weekend. Anyway, here’s the second best part of the story:
The company he flies for has a fleet of 20-plus planes that buzz around town towing banners that advertise events, nightclubs and restaurants. On Friday afternoon, Ramirez was pulling a banner advertising his own banner-plane company.
Great way to self-promote, innit? Maybe next time his banner should be, “If you can read this, you’re too close.”
He’ll never get a job with the Taliban at this rate.