It happens, and I knew that the best thing to say was nothing at all.
'Fuck! My eyes just leak, I don't know why they do it, I'm so sorry!' she stuttered.
Women always apologise and female pilots are no different. It’s a flaw they have that I suspect is borne out of living in a male dominated and patriarchal society that has yet to recognise them as equal.
She was crying because I had failed her flight.
I’d failed her flight because she was unsafe. But, as I told her, 'We've all been unsafe at some point in our training, we just needed further guidance.’
A simple re-fly would do it.
‘Guys always think tears are a sign of weakness. They’re a sign of FRUSTRATION. She’s only crying so she won’t cut your throat in your sleep. So make nice and be grateful.’ ― Donna Barr, author