A helicopter pilot narrowly missed disaster when flying above Seattle last week. When an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft's electronic navigation and communication equipment, the chopper pilot was left with limited visibility and no indication of where he was.
Unable to determine his position or course to steer to the airport, the pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign and held it in the helicopter's window. The sign said "WHERE AM I?" in large letters.
The pilot later recounted that the people in the building quickly responded to the aircraft. They drew a large sign and held it in a building window.
Their sign said, "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER." The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map and determined the course to steer to SEATAC (Seattle/ Tacoma) airport and landed safely.
When they had safely landed, the co-pilot asked the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign helped determine their position. The pilot responded, "I knew that had to be the MICROSOFT building because they gave me a technically correct but completely useless answer."