… 5 Miles Out
A pilot is flying a small, single-engine charter plane with a couple of really important executives on board into Seattle airport. There is fog so thick that the visibility is only 40 feet, and his instruments have stopped working. He circles looking for a landmark and after an hour, is low on fuel and his passengers are getting very nervous. At last, through a small opening in the fog, he sees a tall building with one guy working alone on the fifth floor.
Circling, the pilot banks and shouts through his open window, “Hey, where am I?” The solitary office worker replies, “You’re in an airplane.”
The pilot immediately executes a swift 275-degree turn and makes a perfect blind landing on the airport’s runway five miles away. Just as the plane stops, the engines cough and die as the fuel runs out.
The stunned passengers ask the pilot how he did it. “Elementary,” replies the pilot, “I asked the guy in that building a simple question. The answer he gave me was 100% correct but absolutely useless; therefore, I knew that he must be from Microsoft’s support office. I knew where the airport was in relation to that office, so the landing was a piece of cake!”