The panic button had inadvertently been pressed, for instead of inspiring confidence it caused great apprehension. I looked around to see fear stalking everyone’s face. While some were whispering their doubts about the possibility of the plane running on the single engine, the others were busy tightening their belts and praying silently. The jolts and bumps increased our trauma. People were now clinging desperately to their seats and praying loudly. The old woman beside me was a mental wreck and I found myself consoling and reassuring her. Suddenly tiie plane was in a spin, losing considerable height instantly. This made me feel sick, I found some people vomiting. In this tense and nerve racking scenario, the public address system again crackled to life, “This is your captain speaking we have an emergency. The second engine of the plane has also developed a snag. We are now preparing for an emergency landing at Santa Cruz airport Mumbai. Please don’t panic. Follow all emergency instructions and you shall be safe”. The message was short, but the impact was stunning. Though he sounded optimistic, the lurking danger of death appeared imminent.