UPDATE, MARCH 30th, 2008: Small Plane Crashes Outside of London, Killing Six People
Photo KABC, Los Angeles
The Incident, Los Angeles; January 20th
Small Plane Crash in Florida Kills Five
Taking yourself out this way is one thing, but destroying property and uninvolved people on the ground is quite another….
We hear about these incidents way too often. Not only luminaries like JFK Jr. and Senator Wellstone do it, but those of whom we’ve never heard–good people who are trusting, and whose faith in the process is based on very little reality when it comes to traveling with amateur pilots in little private planes. The latest tragedy is a group of dissident Russian Orthodox people in Alaska (Alaska has a large population of eastern orthodox immigrants and now second-generation members, due to its proximity to Russia).
I’ve spent hours in the past writing about this sort of tragedy on the internet. Is it so important to get somewhere quickly–that you would risk your life willingly?
Here is the article about those lost in the aforementioned crash, from FNC.
A few years ago in Southern New Jersey, a woman entered her garage and found a limb from a small-plane passenger on top of her car. There were several houses laid to waste in that accident. Luckily, no one on the ground was injured. That’s not always the case, as private property and human life are often destroyed by such crashes.
About ten years ago, a whole Princeton family, including their children who lived in Colorado, was killed flying in the Caribbean. The pilot was the father–someone whom I knew; his wife was spared because she did not go on the flight. People in two states were devastated over the lost family and friends.
Why do I have such interest in the field of flight? My father has been an aerospace professional for 55 years, and has two patents on landing signal systems. Most of his work has involved designing space and defense projects. In his own words, my father’s “fingerprints are all over the Space Station fix”.
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