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“I was screaming like my daughter”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy’s fear of flying got even worse during the team’s flight from Dunedin to Wellington after the pilots had to abort their initial landing attempt due to high winds before circling round and touching down safely.
Sammy, with a wry grin on his face, told reporters that he never wanted to fly into Wellington again.
Other West Indian players were also shaken by the experience and some passengers on board the flight were quoted as saying that it was the roughest landing they had ever experienced.
“Most of our guys were a bit terrified, but hopefully the pitch at the Basin Reserve for the second Test is not as terrifying as the landing,” Sammy said. “I was once on a flight like that where one of the engines broke down and that was when I developed my fear of flying.
“I was screaming like my daughter. I’m definitely taking the bus next time. I don’t mind the ferry. My wife was due to fly into that Wellington airport, I told her no chance so she’s going to do Sydney-Auckland not Sydney-Wellington. Not a chance.”
Recalling the incident, West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson admitted that it was one of the scariest and most terrifying moments of his life.
“I don’t suppose anything can prepare you for that,” he said. “It was a little bit scary, I’ve experienced it before myself in South Africa but a lot of us haven’t. There were a few finger nails chewed down to the bitter end.
“We’ve recovered from it now. For some it was good fun, for some a bit terrifying.”