It is worth reflecting, parenthetically, on the role of controllers. They appear to most pilots as authority figures. The Miami controller’s first reaction to the pilot’s mayday call was “Are you going to try and make it to Executive Airport?” Compared with the neutral “Say your intentions,” this was a leading question. “Do you intend to make an emergency landing?” would have pointed in a different direction. Perhaps from a generous impulse to provide encouragement, he identified Executive as the nearest airport; it was not, by a factor of two. Later, he said he would “keep” the flight at 3,000 feet; what it really needed to do was get down as quickly as possible. At 1747:02, he told the pilot he was 24 miles to the airport; more than 2½ minutes later, the second controller said he was 25 miles out.