We did not hit the other plane, but we did damage the plane. We were starting down the runway, feeling like we were getting ready to take off and suddenly the brakes were hit hard and we were screeching down the runway.
The pilot says,“Hi there folks. Our take off clearance was suddenly revoked.”
A minute later,“Ends up anther plane had to circle around and was in our departure path. So we are just going to circle around the runway and do this again”
Yep, a pretty good thing we aborted that take off.
As we are once again ready to take off, the pilot comes back on and says, “Due to technical difficulties, we need to head back to have something checked out.”
A minute later,”When we aborted our take off, seems a hydraulic line was broken, which is leaking fluid on hot brakes creating some smoke. So, don’t be alarmed by the fire truck coming to check things out to make sure it all stays under control.”
So we end up chilling in the plane. And a bit later the pilot comes back on with my favorite line of the day,”There might be a bus coming out to get you or they might tow the plane to a gate. I honestly don’t know. Folks, this hasn’t happened before.”
I love his honesty.
We ended up taking a bus in and we are all going to get on a new plane soon. If all goes well, four hours after our original departure, we will all be off again. With the same pilot and crew. I have to admit, I am ok, even happy, about that. At the end of the day, we did not hit a plane, fly with damaged equipment, and all along the way, they were honest about the situation. Another story for the books.