Another Tale of Air Plane Trouble
Sadly, on May 31, 2009, Air France Flight 447 crashed in the Atlantic Ocean. According to a New York Times file article, the plane was headed to Paris from Rio de Janeiro when it disappeared from radar contact. The flight had 228 passengers on board.
Now, on April 19, 2008 (don't worry, I had to look it up), I wrote an analysis of the article stating that Southwest Airlines could be forced to pay up to 10.2 million dollars in fines for continuing to fly their older planes which they had not been inspecting. Now, I would like to acknowledge a few things. For one thing, I do indeed know that, at this time, nobody knows what caused the Airbus to crash. Another thing is that I know that everyone who knows about the incident is speculating as to the cause of the crash.
First, I will say that I am not going to sit here for an hour discussing all of the possible things that could have happened to the plane. Though I am indeed curious, that is not the primary thing I am concerned with at the moment.
Unfortunately, when a disaster occurs, it seems that the main thing the world focuses on is the technicalities of it all, such as how exactly it happened and just who to blame. But just for a moment, I would like to dedicate a small amount of space on the Internet to the 228 passengers on the plane. I felt so terrible when I heard the news of the wreckage; as soon as the reports started coming in about the pieces of debris, I felt rather sickened. For a moment, I would just like you all to think.
I have been on an airplane before, and I am presuming that a certain percentage of you have as well. Just imagine if you were returning from Rio de Janeiro from a nice vacation, a business retreat, or from visiting relatives. As you are flying over the Atlantic, though, your plane begins to experience turbulence, and from there, things just get worse...
At this point, I really feel as though there is nothing else to say. I do not know any of the individuals who took the flight, and it is extremely improbable that I have ever met any of them. However, I would just like to offer my condolences to all of the family members of those still missing after the wreck. At the same time, I also just hope with all of my might that the plane's crew and passengers will be found alive and well. Though the probability may be slight, there are always instances that beat probability, and I still have hope.
I wish them all the best and hope these events will turn for the better.