Into the Sea: Love, Death, and Other Near Misses

July 1, 2013

Well, it’s the first day of July, which means it’s the anniversary — number 27, which is almost unfathomable — of the time I was nearly killed in a small-plane collision over Nantucket Sound in the company of the spindly and beautiful Dorothy Meyer, who although she would have nothing to do with me, shares with me forever this profound split-second of fate. God only knows if she has even the slightest recollection of that day, but I certainly do, and the details of it are recounted in one of my favorite stories.

In interviews I’m often asked about my most memorable or frightening close call. Apparently a lot of people dig hearing pilots talking about being scared or screwing up. The fact that my one and only answer takes us all the way back to 1986, when I was but a 20 year-old private pilot at the controls of a tiny four-seater, should underscore the incredible safety of flying in general, and especially of commercial flying.

But more than that, maybe, it’s just a good story.



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2 Responses to “Into the Sea: Love, Death, and Other Near Misses”
  1. FatguyfromQueens says:

    So have you crossed paths with Dorothy lately? Does she know you blogged about your shared experience? Is she married with 2.2 kids in the ‘burbs?

    Sorry but after re-reading this I’m intensely curious.

  2. Andrew Sommer says:

    A really nice read and thanks for sharing it.

    I knew a girl like that once too, and my date with her ended pretty much the way yours did. Life goes on from there…

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