Why is it whenever I’m about to go somewhere where I’ll be flying, the day before I leave I typically see a show on airline crashes. Either that or I’ll be flying through an airport that just had some horrible crash happen there.
For instance, tonight I’m headed for Phoenix for an extended weekend. No big deal and nothing I’m too worked up about. Or at least I wasn’t until I snapped on the Discovery channel last night. Sure enough, one full hour on the topic of airline crashes. Even worse still, unexplained crashes. The NTSB has no clue what caused the two separate crashes of the 757’s in question, but believe it was the result of some unexplained full rudder ‘anomaly’. Anomaly? The thing plunged straight into the ground. I’d call it a disaster, not an anomaly. And I’d like to know an answer to the crash, seeing as that’s the plane I’m flying on tonight.
Despite their best efforts, they can’t determine the exact cause. But they’ve been trying. They even re-enacted the damn thing on a flight simulator, complete with cockpit crashing sounds, fer Chrissakes, trying to find a cause. Great, I really didn’t need to see the instructor saying, “Wow, look at how smooth it was going and then, bam, completely out of control. The ground just takes up the whole window, see? look!”
Sheesh. Don’t these people at the networks know there scaring the hell out of the flying public? And you really don’t need to re-air this thing every weekend people.
One of these days I swear I’ll be on a plane and look up at the in-flight movie and see airline crash footage, ala the ‘Airplane!’ movie.
I’d also tell you about the time I flew through Chicago the day after the plane that couldn’t lift off plowed into the freeway at the end of the runway. Or the time I flew to Seattle right after the plane I was about to board was found to have undetermined hair-line cracks in the engine mounts. But that’ll be another thread.
Man 'o man. Am I the only one that this seems to happen to?