August 15, 2005

Things Folks Don't Think About

I’ve of course been keeping up with the Cyprus air crash. I cannot even convey how horrible I feel for everyone involved with that.

In poor coincidence, just a couple days ago I was discussing with someone about depressurization problems and how everyone just assumes depressurization will always work or when those little oxygen masks pop out of the ceiling that they’re going to work.

Heh. News flash. Not always. Anything can fail.

(Sidenote: There is nothing conclusive as to what caused this crash. NOTHING. Nobody was wearing a mask when they found the bodies. They are still investigating.)

Sometimes it sucks to know too much. But, that is not the purpose of this post… it truly is safer to travel by car. It’s just more spectacular when something happens and it’s by air. I don’t mean that in a flippant sense. When 2 people die in a head on, it barely makes page 2 of the local section of any newspaper. It just happens too much. People dying in a fiery ball, having plummeted towards the ground at Mach 3… that makes news. And don’t blame the press. It just affects SO MANY people, the families, the airline, the city it occured in, that it is news, forget about the big ball of fire.

OK, so what is this post about? Everyone is talking about the cause. Everyone is horrified for the families. Everyone is horrified for the passengers and their untimely demise. But there is a group I’m NOT hearing about.

What about those F-16 pilots? When Payne Stewart’s jet went down I said the same thing. What about the Fighter pilots dispatched to the ‘air scene’, scoping out the cockpit? What about those guys?

Pilots are trained to protect us. That’s their job in the military… protecting our country. The average pilot I know, and trust me, I know A LOT of pilots, are very controlled. Controlled and capable. They’re take action people. Not only are they NOT spectator people, they aren't helpless spectator people.

So now you have a couple guys fly up to see what’s going on, they look in the cockpit, they see the pilots are unconscious… they realize the passengers are NOT… and they must fly helplessly by as they watch these people fall to their death.

There is nothing they can do… but… witness it.

They cannot stop it. They cannot get in the cockpit and take over… even though they probably could/would given the chance. They can’t rescue any civilians.

They can do nothing. But… watch…them… die.

Yeah. That’s pretty heavy stuff, folks. Pretty heavy.

Posted by Boudicca at August 15, 2005 10:12 PM | TrackBack

I am a cynic on this one. I am not a pilot but I flew enough as a crew member to know that pilots are trained to know when the air is bad and to head for lower altitude to get good air. hell I have been on a C 130 when we had to fly at 2500 feet with the back door open because the system wasn't working. I am having problems believing that the compression system just failed and killed everyone. Something smells and I figure that we will find out in a day or two. I hope that I am wrong and it was a system failure and not sabatage although it will not make any difference to the dead one way or the other. But if it was a succesful sabatage I worry about the copycats--

Posted by: GUYK at August 15, 2005 11:56 PM

Guy- It's going to be interesting. I gather the data recorders are in pretty bad shape. I read where people thought it may be a training issue too... as in the crew not doing what they were supposed to do with the equipment with a catastrophic depres. failure.

Blech. No matter what, much sadness for many. How horribly tragic.

Posted by: Bou at August 16, 2005 08:21 AM

So so sad. I hate when stuff like that happens. And now another crash in Venezuela. Sheesh!

Posted by: Richmond at August 16, 2005 08:39 AM

Okay, all this stuff happening lately with planes going down is really FREAKING ME OUT! I'm just starting to travel with my new job at the end of this month and then every month after that and I HATE TO FLY! This is when you ask yourself, is the job really worth it? I am a total CONTROL FREAK and love to drive but being in a plane with someone else in control of my destiny does not give me warm fuzzies inside. Oh, that and falling from the sky in a big burning ball of flames too!

Posted by: Napster at August 16, 2005 07:22 PM