cruising at 40,000 feet, the airplane shuddered and Mr. Benson looked out
the window. "Goodness!" he screamed, "one of the engines
just blew up!"
passengers left their seats and came running over; suddenly the aircraft
was rocked by a second blast as yet another engine exploded on the other
passengers were in a panic now, and even the stewardesses couldn't
maintain order. Just then, standing tall and smiling confidently, the
pilot strode from the cockpit and assured everyone that there was nothing
to worry about.
words and his demeanor seemed to make most of the passengers feel better,
and they sat down as the pilot calmly walked to the door of the aircraft.
There, he grabbed several packages from under the seats and began handing
them to the flight attendants.
crew member attached the package to their backs.
spoke up an alert passenger, "aren't those parachutes?"
pilot said they were. The passenger went on, "But I thought you said
there was nothing to worry about?"
isn't," replied the pilot as a third engine exploded. "We're
going to get help."