The test flights of Santa’s sleigh have been halted. This is normal protocol after a sleigh crash. No further flights will be scheduled until North Pole Flight Command has a good idea what happened and how to prevent it from happening again.
The question has been asked by many about just how “normal” a sleigh crash is and when the last time was that it happened.
To be honest, there hasn’t been a recorded sleigh crash in more than sixty years. In 1954, a sleigh carrying freight to the North Pole crashed due to inclement weather. That crash actually helped North Pole Flight Command in its early days to develop safety protocols and procedures.
The crash of a test flight of Santa’s sleigh this week was actually a very test of the communications and response mechanisms put in place for emergencies. It’s the first “real” emergency many elves working in Flight Command and in Regional Tracking centers around the world. It was also the first real rescue operation of the North Pole Navy.
The system worked and all elves no matter where they were stationed during this event responded professionally, urgently and exactly as they have been trained.
Sleigh designers and flight analysts are very anxious for the results of the investigation. There is a lot of speculation about what this means for the future of the test flight schedule and, by extension, what it means for Santa’s sleigh ride this year.
Speaking of Santa, he is reportedly on his way from the North Pole to visit the SS Jingle Bell. He does not plan to involve himself in the investigation. He is reportedly coming to speak to the now-grounded test pilot team and to check on the condition of the reindeer.
We will keep you informed of ongoing developments related to this story.