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Thursday, 12 February 2015

SQ117 Hijack- steward Toby recalling the horrifying moments and his procrastination of things he supposed to do.







Flight steward Toby aka Ted was working on that fateful SQ 117 which was hijacked in March 1991. As he was about to be thrown out of the aircraft by the hijacker, he regretted not doing the simple things his wife and mother wanted him to do.....all these and more went through his mind....


"Mohd held me from the back and his knife around my neck..."is this the end"....i was standing at the edge of the door....i could only hear my heart beat pounding so fast..it was pitch dark, i didn’t know how high it was nor is there any rescue team below..i panic..

the only thing that was running thru my mind was how could i break fall..(what was taught in my army days)...is this the end of my life....one more step and i will be out....or one more slice of his knife thru my neck would be the end of me, will i be left bleeding on the tarmac...this is it...i prayed..

Mohd was still holding on to me when Sahit appeared, they exchange heated words and was shouting at each other in their language....and finally..Sahit shouted...”close the door”...i received a kick on my butt sending me straight back to the galley.....

GLF asked” Ba ..What happen?”.....almost breaking down in tears...i said”i am very afraid”..GLF put his hands over my shoulder and said” we will be ok Ba”...i cried in silence...

i began to talk to myself....reflecting on every single thing that had happen in my life....looking back ....my family, my wife...mom...dad...sister..brother...and the dogs at home...my friends and things that i always wanted to do but always give myself every excuse not to do...

I was happily married to a lovely woman, she was also an Ex crew....we didn’t met in the airline..in fact her last day with SQ was my first day in training.....back in Paya Lebar days....and what’s going to happen to her...a widow at a young age...

Mum has always tell me that she wanted a new washing machine and fridge, i promise her that i will buy one when i return to Jumbo flights....i have always wanted a LV bag, like most senior crew...and i have every excuse not to buy one to pamper myself...it cost $1040 at that time and i thought i dont need a expensive bag.......my wife always wanted to go for a holiday..and there are always reason for not going, just to spent time together and bring her joy happiness......i promise myself that if i survive this ...i will fulfil their wishes and also buy myself that LV bag."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fulfil things you and ur loved ones want asap n don wait till you are going to die.