July 16th, 2011

writer's block
  • debikm

Procedure after plane crash/emergency landing

I have tried to Google- and Wikipedia-fu the answer to my question and I'm not having much luck. Here is my situation.

Setting is present day, in the US. In my story, I have an airline pilot who pulls off an emergency landing after something on the plane catches fire. Someone reports smelling smoke/the appropriate warnings go off, whatever (another detail I need to figure out) He gets everyone off safely, only minor injuries, he burns or cuts his hand exiting the plane after making sure everyone else is safe. I want the situation to be similar to Captain Sullenberger's situation, just not so spectacular. Enough that the aircraft in flames is seen on CNN so the pilot's wife can see it at work (That's another whole story there).

What I need to know is, after an incident like this, during the investigation, are those involved (flight/ground crew, passengers) obliged to comply with a gag order? It may not be relevant to my plot, but I've fixated on it and want to know the answer. I have searched the following terms: procedure after plane crash, gag order flight crew after crash, and various incarnations thereof.
buffy spike black&violet by gilkurtisctx

Some reference sites....

I thought these were interesting, and relevant to the comm....

"The following recipes are taken from an old Roman cookbook: MARCUS GAVIUS APICIUS: DE RE COQUINARIA
The book I have is edited and translated from Latin by Robert Maier. My humble person only translated the German translations into English. I hope the recipes are still rather near to the originals...."


The Virtual Typewriter Museum


ETA: Apparently, you can buy this in book form, but I can only find a German version. Thanks for the head's up, lied_ohne_worte!


ETA2: Even more historical cooking:
as well as 'Feeding America: Historical American Cookbook Project.': http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/html/browse.html
From randomstasis

Any further links added i'll just say - check out the comments in this post! :)

Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, Hawaii

Hi, I'm interested in the layout of the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum and the adjoining US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

My searches on Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube (I've tried searching under the name of "Thomas A. Jaggar Museum," under "blueprints" for the museum, under "layout" of the museum, and similar searches for the HVO.) have yielded information about the history of the museum, its hours of operation, and images of the sign outside, & of the outside viewing platform (for the Kīlauea Caldera volcano the museum overlooks), as well as information about the Nene, an endangered species of goose that likes to hang out in the museum parking lot. All cool information, but what I'm really looking for is physical details about the building(s).

For example: is it one building or several? One story or several stories (if so, how many?)? How are the HVO offices/conference rooms/labs laid out and where are they in relation to the public museum exhibit spaces of the building? Where is the museum's gift shop? If the building is multi-story, where are the staircases?

In my story, two police officers are first consulting with HVO staff and then are chasing criminal suspects through the museum and out to the parking lot. I'd like the officers to catch sight of the suspects (who are possibly posing as museum guests--and whom the police recognize on sight) as the police are consulting with the HVO staff (preferably in a conference room or office). Then I'd like the police to give chase to the suspects, who run down a stairwell and eventually get away by "disappearing" via the parking lot. I'd also like the police officers to get at least a cursory tour of the museum and HVO facilities prior to the big "chase" scene, so that they have an idea where they are going.

Any information (or pictures!) on the layout of the Thomas A. Jaggar or the HVO, or even ideas on better search parameters for this information, would be sincerely welcomed.