The Airbus A320 Neo landed back in Delhi after one of its two engines stalled in midflight to Ranchi. Passengers and crew were safely returned to the ground, but not allowed to approach the terminal. Investigators ordered the passengers to be deplaned and escorted to a quarantine area.
Captain Laghari was justifiably incensed as federal investigators held him and his crew on board the airliner.
“I apologize for this unusual treatment, but I don’t think you grasp the problem. How long was your total time in the air?”
“Approximately forty-five minutes. The normal flight time one way is 110 minutes.”
“What is today’s date?”
“It’s Sunday, June 3rd.”
The investigator removed his smartphone from his jacket pocket and pressed the Home button.
“That’s impossible. It says it’s the 12th.”
“Sir, on June 3rd at approximately 10:03 a.m., your aircraft disappeared from radar and was presumed lost, however no wreckage was discovered. Then, an hour ago, you reappeared on ATC screens and requested permission for an emergency landing. A lot more went wrong than just an engine.”
I wrote this for FFfAW Challenge 168 hosted by Priceless Joy. The idea is to use the image above as the inspiration for crafting a piece of flash fiction between 100 and 175 words long. My word count is 174.
Naturally, I looked up the airline company and found the news story IndiGo flight stalls engine midair due to snag. Apparently, this low-cost commercial air company has had more than a few problems.
Sometime ago, I wrote a short story called The Final Destination of Flight 33, which was based on a 1961 Twilight Zone episode written by Rod Serling. It’s the story of a commercial aircraft that travels through time into the past and then perhaps into the future.
I decided to give my little airliner’s passengers and crew the same problem today, but only projected them nine days into the future, although for them, practically no time had passed at all.
How would the authorities react to such a mystery?
To read other stories based on the prompt, visit InLinkz.com.
Oh, I’m suffering from another bout of insomnia so it’s going to be a rough time at my day job later.