By Carlo Medina & Heather Alisson
Chapter 1- The Disaster
The date is December 1st, 2009. Carlo Medina turns 25 on this day as he boards his midnight flight from Dallas to Colorado Springs. He is the pilot of the plane and is returning home after a long week of flight-ops. This is his last flight of the week on account of his birthday. His job as a commercial airline pilot is very satisfying and rewarding. However, it is also very labor intensive and time consuming, resulting in him being extremely anxious to see his beautiful wife. The Ticket woman calls the flight crew to enter before the passengers in preparation for their flight. Carlo and his co-pilot are the first to enter through the gate doors. He takes the pilot's seat of the American Airlines MD-80 aircraft and begins to unpack his charts. He quickly skims through the papers and takes the appropriate notes that he would need for take-off.
As everyone else boards the plane, he makes a quick phone call home to his