The next time I hear people trash Nepal’s pilots, I’ll be very rude to them. I’ve been flying in aircraft piloted by them since the mid-1980s. Some journeys have been to places like Jomsom on Twin Otter and Dornier 228 aircraft for gut-wrenching landings at 8,800 feet. A Jetstream 41, a tiny Yeti Airlines commuter plane, brought my daughter and me and 27 other passengers from Pokhara in west-central Nepal to Kathmandu on the day of the earthquake. Our pilot was male and co-pilot female for the 25-minute flight. We left before the scheduled departure at 11:55 a.m. and were airborne when the earthquake struck. We arrived over Kathmandu valley and circled for close to an hour, watching people below stream about or clot like ants. Kathmandu airport was officially closed. We then ran low on fuel. There was nowhere else to go; all nearby airports were off-limits. The crew executed a superb crosswind landing. They did what they had to not knowing whether their homes were standing and families and friends were alive, unhurt.