Lost In Seattle...
A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when an electrical malfunction
disabled all of the aircraft's electronic navigation and communications
equipment. Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the
helicopter's position and 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 pilot's sign said 'WHERE
AM I?' in large letters.
People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large
sign, and held it in a building window. Their sign said 'YOU ARE IN A
The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map, determined the course to steer
to SEATAC airport, and landed safely.
After they were on the ground, the copilot 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.'