Share Your World – October 2, 2017

If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?

I already did — and here is the story.

In the mid 1970s, there was a horrendous helicopter crash in New York. I don’t remember all the details, but one of the big transport helicopters flipped sideways, fell off the building and crashed into the sidewalk and river below. Everyone died.

For a couple of weeks, all helicopters normally used to transport people from airport to airport — typically Kennedy to Newark and back again — were grounded. After a while, they started the helicopter service again. I found myself on that first flight out of Kennedy Airport.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

When we were all seated, it was dead quiet in the cabin. No one felt much like chatting. One of the pilots came out and thanked us for being “brave enough” to fly in their helicopter. We made it to Newark and I’m here to tell the story. Normally, I think it might have been more fun.

What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

Seafood is the big winner, but cheese would take a solid second place. Not overly fond of eggs and I dislike soy. I can’t eat enough nuts to make much difference, I’m afraid. We do eat meat, but not a lot. Chicken, mostly. But ah, the joys of lobster and shrimp!

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

Just before noon works for us. We also go to bed very late, so it makes sense.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Was I inspired this week? I was pretty happy … is that the same thing? It was a good week, over all and we had friends out for the weekend — a huge special treat for us.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. I wish we had a better choice of seafood here, but it all has to be imported because we don’t have a sea. After my New York fly over experience, I am not a fan of flying in them.


    1. We are just barely close enough to get fresh seafood. Another 10 miles inland, and we wouldn’t get it either. When we lived in Boston, you could get seafood everywhere because we were on the shore. That’s the one thing I miss about Boston: FOOD. Really good restaurants and exceptional seafood. I cook it myself because none of the restaurants here seem to know what to do with it.

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  2. My favourite food would be sea scallops caramelized in butter. Their prices has skyrocketed and so we don’t have them very often. and – yes I would go on a helicopter.


  3. I am enjoying our “Indian Summer” weather. I’m also grateful for the serenity of our Valley given all the things happening elsewhere in the world.


  4. If it was the helicopter accident I’m thinking of, the Pam Am building’s roof was used as a helipad and a helicopter blade came loose from a rotor and killed some people on the roof. Then the blade fell onto Park Ave. and killed more on the street. But the helicopter itself stayed on the roof.


    1. I think you are right. It was a pretty nasty crash. There was also an ugly one (now that I think of it) here in Boston where it landed along the Charles where they were holding the annual regatta (rowing contests, mostly — Hahvid et al) and it tipped over into the river from the top of a small building. There were a few of them. But this particular one that I’m not remembering involved the copters they use to transport people between NJ and NY airports and I’m just not remembering it.

      Okay, you are right:

      The New York Times reported: “Whirling like a giant boomerang, the blade struck four people on the roof-top madding pad, killing three instantly, then plunged over the skyscraper’s west parapet. About halfway down the gray tower, the blade crashed into a window and broke in two. One piece of the blade continued to fall, whirling onto Madison Avenue and killing a woman.”

      The roof of the Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building), an 808-foot-tall building situated between Grand Central Terminal and the New York Central Building (Helmsley Building), was used as a helipad from 1965 to 1968, transporting passengers from Midtown to the Pan Am terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport. The helipad was reopened in February 1977, just three months before the accident.

      The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the accident was caused by “metal fatigue,” which caused the landing gear to fail. The Pan Am helipad was shut down following the accident and has not reopened.


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