“Eight Minutes”

Published on May 17, 2013 by in Misc.

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HF Antenna

In the spirit of the short film North Atlantic, we bring you a real-life aviation radio drama … 13 years to the day after it happened.

If you had been listening to 5.598 MHz on an HF radio at 11:30 Z on May 17, 2000, this is what you would have heard.

It’s a riveting recording that’s worth listening to until the very end. We got it from the pilot involved, and we’ll be interviewing him soon to bring you the complete story.

Note: The periodic time stamp transmissions were added to the recording by air traffic control.


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Did you like this recording? Please leave your comments and questions below.


Photo by aaron_anderer licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

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10 Responses to ““Eight Minutes””

  1. Art says:

    WOW! Longest 31 minutes I can recall. Will look forward to the interview. And hopefully more info on geographic area in which this took place and who were the responders.

  2. JudyAnne says:

    love this stuff, Thanks!

  3. Doug says:

    Great clip with a happy ending. Will look forward to the interview with the pilot. These folks are true professionals dealing with the high noise level of HF radio.

  4. Tim says:

    Gets your heart pumping , and is a wake up call for those who don’t know how to find and understand grid coordinates . Thanks for sharing that with us.

  5. Dale Long says:

    Thank you for sharing. Sobering stuff.
    Great to know some good people were
    monitoring the HF.

    Excellent! The pilot communicating those
    waypoints and getting others on board to
    co-ordinate a rescue.

  6. Albertus says:

    Hi Oddball Pilot, thanks for all the news. Fly safe and keep up the good work.


    Gordens Bay South Africa.

  7. Gareth says:

    If only we’d been there with our Catalina “Miss Pickup” :0)

  8. Phil O says:

    Riveting and instructive: Mayday gets immediate attention and response to save the pilot of a ditched C172.

    It got my pulse rate up.

  9. Renae says:

    Great coverage and enjoyed the whole thing.

  10. James Burgess says:

    What a wonderful job these guys do! Thanks for posting

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