Remember when we lost an $80 million F-35 fighter jet? We do, and that was almost a week ago now. Today, audio of a 911 call made by a resident of Charleston County, South Carolina after the ejected pilot landed in his backyard.
Give it a listen:
Probably one of the strangest 911 calls you’ll ever hear. Home owner calling after the F-35 pilot comes down in a parachute in his backyard. 😲 pic.twitter.com/cXS2pP23PX— Thenewarea51 (@thenewarea51) September 22, 2023
Now, this writer knows someone who has worked as a 911 dispatcher, so we have every sympathy for this woman who took the most bizarre phone call of her career. There is a script they follow because it gets the necessary information for most calls to emergency service. And most calls don't involve a pilot who ejected from his aircraft.
The call center agents are equipped with a monitoring system that guides them on what questions to ask the caller, and they input the responses accordingly.— fero (@fero_berlin) September 22, 2023
I don't think they had a template for pilots ejecting fighter jets.
She did the best she could given the circumstances.
I literally laughed out loud listening to this 911 operator faithfully trying to fit this phone call into her scripted questions. https://t.co/kvPm3TO99c— @[email protected] 🇺🇸Thomas A. Fine (@thomasafine) September 22, 2023
Really, a gold-star effort. We can't imagine.
“Ok so like how.” is such a vibe pic.twitter.com/RjUmZlDCti— ROLLIE with a new face 💎🙌🇺🇸 (@rad_thundercat) September 22, 2023
We all would've asked that question if we had been on the receiving end of that call.
"I'm a military pilot and I just ejected from my aircraft."— The Operations Room - Battle Map Animations (@The_Ops_Room) September 22, 2023
"How long was the fall?"
"And what caused the fall?"
Like we said, she did her best.
Imagine the scenarios!— NiedermeyersDeadHorse aka NDH (@NiedsG) September 22, 2023
There's a zombie apocalypse!
- What number are you calling from?
A bear is eating my neighbors!
- Is there a bleeding wound? https://t.co/zSPp7HWo0q
The possibilities are endless!
The dispatcher sounds like she's having a worse day than the pilot. Very "I did not sign up for this" energy. https://t.co/2FzSQxvAuj— Alex Godofsky (@AlexGodofsky) September 22, 2023
How many calls does she get about people ejecting from planes? Probably just this one.
The next time you call tech support, we ask you a bunch of basic questions and you’re frustrated, take some solace in that you didn’t just eject from an $80M military stealth jet. https://t.co/qgSFZIbUdv— Matthew Steinhoff (@MattSteinhoff) September 22, 2023
There's the silver lining in all this.
I love how the dispatcher has that skeptical tone of voice the whole time, like, "is this a prank call?" https://t.co/LVjrP7KjtA— 🔺𝖗𝖊𝖒𝖓𝖆𝖓𝖙 (@remnantposting) September 22, 2023
In fairness, wouldn't most of us think this was a prank call at first? Especially because the dispatcher says she hasn't heard anything about a plane crashing in the area.
Home owner: Cool, claim, like it happens everyday.— norb (@norb420) September 22, 2023
911 Dispatcher: So confused and trying to figure out what card she should read from to get the correct response teams dispatched for a "normal emergency"
Pilot: Can you please just send an ambulance.
“Yeah I just accidentally dumped a shit load of radioactive stuff in the South Branch of the Potomac. Can you send someone down here”— Bushwhacker (@anglotradboy) September 22, 2023
“Okay. Is there any bleeding” https://t.co/PeYdoKQEjA
This is an example of ‘I have my script and I am not departing from it even if the person is calling to report an icbm in the back yard’:) https://t.co/7GV2DaNeFi— eigerjoch (@eigerjoch) September 22, 2023
We giggled hard.
The Cohen Brothers wrote this scene. https://t.co/1TrQSOJwU4— Lafayette Lee (@Partisan_O) September 22, 2023
This is perfect. It's exactly like a Cohen Brothers scene.
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