Even the pilots were feeling the effects of the weather now.
But under the circumstances, this pilot felt he had no better option.
Still the pilot felt confident that he could make it.
After a moment, the girl said something, and they both looked away, but the pilot could still feel the heat of their interest.
He was sure the other pilots felt the same way.
A pilot making this kind of trip would feel pressure to keep to a schedule, he said.
But pilots often feel a personal responsibility to stay with the plane and hostages.
The pilot would no longer feel as if the aircraft was in a turn.
But the pilots feel little pressure to back down.
It was several minutes before the pilot felt calm enough to taxi back to sea.