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Royal Flying Doctor Service was flying a B200 IFR out of Broken Hill, Australia and had a young student doctor in the right seat, who was unfamiliar with flying and for whom English was a second language. As the flight progressed, the pilot noticed the student becoming more and more uncomfortable and, after a normal landing, noted an undue amount of relief on the student's face.

Pilot:
"Why are you so relieved?"

Student Doctor:
"Because we survived the emergency."

Pilot:
"Err, what emergency?"

Student Doctor:
"You know. I heard you on the radio talking about 'my big dilemma.'"

(She had misheard the call sign "Mike Victor Lima" ... .


Duane Stace
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