Alaska Air had readjusted its flight timing in its readiness for a view of the eclipse.
On Wednesday parts of Indonesia and the Central Pacific experienced a total solar eclipse which made the region pretty dark. No one got a better view of the eclipse than the Alaska Air Flight 870 passengers.
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It was not just a lucky coincidence though. An astronomer who had planned the whole thing told the Alaska Air heads who set the timings of their flight from Anchorage to Honolulu. Now the flight path would coincide with the occurrence of the eclipse.
The astronomer was dismayed when he learnt that the flight would takeoff 25 minutes earlier than usual. So he phoned the airport and got in touch with the heads of Alaska Airlines.
Things were set as per schedule and a few readjustments were made. The heads thought out the whole scheme of things and although flight schedule is a very strict practice, for the sake of the airline passengers’ pleasure, a few changes were made.
The passengers ended up being the last people on earth to see the eclipse which was no mean feat.
In August of 2017, a solar eclipse will occur in the skies above the United States. We will see what the airlines will do then. In case of Alaska Air though there were about 181 passengers on board the flight.
They got a few minutes of delight as they saw the total solar eclipse. It was almost like a magic moment. The rare event barely lasted a few minutes. However, it was worth it.
The problem of the plane passing the region a half hour too soon was solved amicably and in accordance with the wishes of the passengers who all agreed that a little inconvenience was worth watching the solar eclipse.
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Many of the passengers on board the flight were eclipse junkies who had watched eclipses of this sort several times up until now. It was indeed an experience. The passengers viewed the eclipse through filter glasses. These were distributed among the passengers on board the flight.