Displaying the stiff-upper-lip spirit that built an empire, he uttered the words that are every air passenger’s worst nightmare: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get it under control. I trust you are not in too much distress.’

I hate flying. Just reading the article makes my blood run cold, but I’ll almost certainly watch the program because it’s an amazing story and one with – for a change – a happy ending and even some romance…

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