Yesterday was the forty-ninth anniversary of the ditching of ALM Flight 980. I was flying and unable to post anything, but I did come across a Facebook post by a gentleman who happened to be a flight attendant at ALM years after the accident. His name is Angelo Davelaar. Angelo posted several images of Margareth Abraham. For those who don’t know Margareth’s story, she was one of three ALM flight attendants who helped passengers moments before the ditching. Margareth was in the aisle assisting passengers with donning their life vests. When she glanced out the window and saw that they were close to the water, she immediately started pushing passengers who were standing back into their seats. Seconds later the plane struck the water. Margareth was thrown forward, slamming into the cockpit door. She didn’t survive. Margareth was twenty-four years old.
So, when you head to the theatre to see the latest Avengers film, think of Margareth. She is what a real hero looks like.
Thanks to Etienne La Cruz for use of the images. Note: click on an image to bring up the image gallery.