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Warriors survive terror flight
« on: September 08, 2005, 09:42:07 PM »
By: Ian Prescott

THE real terror was supposed to have been Costa Rica, but Trinidad and Tobago's national footballers got a major scare on their way home from San Jose when their American Airlines flight developed trouble and had to be diverted to another airfield.
Hours after their 2-0 loss to Costa Rica at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium on Wednesday night, the "Warriors" departed San Jose International Airport at 8 a.m. (10 a.m. T&T time) headed for Miami, USA.
But soon after take-off, the AA crew detected smoke in the cabin, after which the captain, John Morrison, made the decision to divert the plane to Liberia on the other side of Costa Rica.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I kindly ask you to stay in your seats with your belts fastened. Obviously, this is not a normal situation," Morrison announced over the intercom.
"I will have to leave the plane to conduct the inspection," he said on landing.
It had become apparent after take-off that all was not right aboard AA Flight 1700 after it had taken longer than usual to reach cruising speed.
Alarms in the plane soon went off and the flight crew scurried to the aft of the airplane searching for the problem.
Eventually, the captain announced that smoke had been detected in the cabin.
Among those on the flight with the T&T "Warriors" were Americans Jim and Camy Couples, who are regular globe-trotters. The elderly couple were on their way back home, on the outskirts of New Orleans, which they were told was not affected by devastating Hurricane Katrina.
Their return flight, already scheduled to be a long one, was made even longer because of the delay.
It was later discovered that the captain made a decision to head to another landing strip as he would have been forced to endure circling for an hour and a half in order to touch back down at busy San Jose airport.
At one point, Captain Morrison seemed to be battling to control the aircraft, which had dipped low enough at one stage for everyone to see Costa Rican terrain before climbing back above the cloud cover.
Shortly after that scare, the Warriors comforted each other.
"Scottie, are you alright," one team member, who I could not identify, asked T&T striker Jason Scotland.
"Nah! You alright," Scotland retorted.
Once on the ground in Liberia, Warriors goalkeeper Shaka Hislop made a statement with which everyone agreed.
"We're not going back on that plane!" he exclaimed.
Later, it was announced that AA Flight 1961 would arrive in Costa Rica at 3.31 p.m. (5.31 p.m. T&T time). However, because it would be a smaller aircraft, only some of the passengers would be able to make the trip to Miami.  Until then, none of those aboard AA Flight 1700, including the T&T Warriors, knew whether they will be on the other flight or when they will be going home.
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Re: WARRIORS SURVIVE TERROR FLIGHT
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2005, 10:03:25 PM »
Meanwhile....a charter flight was headed DIRECT to T&T with people who merely watched the game while the warriors were left stranded on the ground watching the BWEE plane flying overhead leaving them behind.

Anybody cud draw a cartoon for the newpapers quick quick.

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Re: WARRIORS SURVIVE TERROR FLIGHT
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2005, 10:40:53 PM »
Wow, that was some scary shit.!!! But they are safe and that is the MOST Important thing.. Pressha jed!!

Jess Imagine, it had a Charter that was coming directly home and they could have been on it ..

Ah well, No worries..

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Re: Warriors survive terror flight
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2005, 05:29:33 AM »
thank god nothing happen

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Re: Warriors survive terror flight
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2005, 06:59:59 AM »
Whats your take on things KND....

http://www.socawarriorssc.com/swonline/smf/index.php?topic=3888.msg28225#msg28225

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Re: Warriors survive terror flight
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2005, 07:12:57 AM »
Glad to see the Warriors ok. Check the Panamanians ....might have some tactics in that. They know the warriors coming to put the hurt on them after that loss. ;D

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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2005, 07:15:13 AM »
all them dread on the plane...they must expect a lil smoke ;)

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Re: Warriors survive terror flight
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2005, 08:03:25 AM »
Cowen you talking about Panama, I still cya get over these f**kin americans... I think ah going outside and slap de first american I see. I hope they aint over 50 ah go feel bad.
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2005, 08:10:59 AM »
Tha's more trouble for us because now all them men probably won't be able to play for their clubs this weekend and we will hear about how whenever they go to represent they come back late...and injured in Sancho case. :-\
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2005, 08:15:44 AM »
We're proud that Sancho and Coxy play for you!  :clown:


Like you say we just hope they don't come back injured!  :praying:

We don't have too many international players and gives us someone to support other than rubbish England!!!  :cursing:
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Re: Warriors survive terror flight
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2005, 10:39:30 AM »
David we know the Americans sell out. That is how they operate. Perhaps they feel in the WC finals they might have to run into us again.... and they trying to avoid that from the get go :challenge:
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Re: Warriors survive terror flight
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2005, 09:46:09 PM »
if sumtin had happened think bout the side dat we wuda have to put out???

clayton glenn boucad and dem back in the fold


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Re: Warriors survive terror flight
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2005, 09:55:35 PM »
I wonder if dem men reach back yet. ???