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While learning to fly back in the early 80’s, my instructor, now a senior Captain with KLM, cut back the power to idle and made me simulate an engine out landing into Rotterdam (this in a single engine Cessna 172).

I managed it, but I’ll never forget the concentration and tension as I attempted the landing – my shirt literally soaked through. However, I had an experienced pilot next to me and the knowledge that we could always apply power if we had to.

To do this in a B-777 with several hundred passengers, with no chance or time to re-start the engines, is nothing short of miraculous, and demonstrates the extreme skill and experience shown by the crew, and anyone who calls Capt. Burkhill anything other than a hero surely needs examining!

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