Short Final: Jumpers Away


While flying on a pleasant Sunday afternoon near Northwest Missouri, I heard the following on a local Unicom frequency.

After several seconds of nothing but screaming, I was expecting to hear a “Mayday” call. Instead, a slow, calm voice said, “Jumpers away over Lexington. Use caution 10,000 and below.”

You could still hear the screaming continue in the background. This was followed by an unidentified voice, with a southern drawl saying, “There sure was a lot of screaming going on in that jump plane!”

The jump-plane pilot came back with, “She’ll be all right.”

There was total silence in the background now.

I hope the jump‑plane pilot was right.

Bob Benoit
Centralia, MO