This photo bears an eerie resemblance to the one of PSA 182, which was snapped by an onlooker back in 1978 when the 727 was struck by a private plane and knocked from the sky. The only difference is that the Concorde is in roughly horizontal flight, while the PSA 727 was essentially plummeting to the ground.
Either way, these are very, very sad photos to look at. The horror comes not from the image itself, but the thoughts that spring from it--what were the people on board thinking? Who were they? What were their dreams and ambitions? What lives did they lead?
It strikes home that these were *people* just like you or I. And now they are gone. May they all rest in peace.
Hkdragon2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 15 hours ago) and read 2339 times:
I just did a little estimate based on the length of the visible flame as compared to the plane (and excluding the smoke, just the flame you could see). That fire extended in excess of 180 feet behind the plane.
AerLingus: Had the engine fire occurred over the ocean, at least nobody on the ground would have had to die. Other than that, it would have made little difference - the poor passengers had no chance in either case.
USAirways: Where is a better pic? Your post is blank.
PANC09CL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 15 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
It is difficult to imagine the heroic measures of the crew when they realized they had a problem. My prayers to all the familes of those lost. We in aviation can stand tall and yet accept yet another loss of our brothers and sisters. God bless.
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 9 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
The two dudes in that picture look a little bit too pleased with themselves. The least they could have done was to not alow themselves to be photographed.
On the plus side, it's probably lucky that they got a picture (it can help immensely in an investigation), let's hope they took it to the authorities first instead of the tabloids, but in this day and age it's doubtful.
N202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1556 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (14 years 8 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
In their defense, the camera may have caught them with an expression that they did not intend to have. Reuters probably rushed it off to be printed, and from there on to the wire and the 'net before they could even see what it looked like. The photographer may also have told them what to do, and they may have just followed along.
I understand how this must look given the circumstances, but things are not always as they seem...I'd be grateful that they got this shot, disturbing and heart-wrenching as it is, because it may help give investigators some answers and allow them to figure out what happened here. And in doing so, prevent this terrible tragedy from ever happening again.
Dnalor From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 369 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 5 hours ago) and read 1981 times:
So, all you guys that are bitching that the two young lads have a pleasant look on their face, tell me have you smiled at all since the accident????? I'm sure you have.
The devastation of the accident probably hasnt taken its toll on them yet, plus the excitement of capturing such a moment.
Remember, they took a picture of a aircraft on fire, not of people dying!
Will you all be so equally disgusted at the news coverage of the post accident scene and of the grieving relatives and friends to decide not to watch it all??? I doubt it very much.
It's all so easy to sit back and be so righteous about it all, but I bet if any of you (with negative comments about those young men) took that pic and had just been paid a healthy sum for it by an international news agency that you'd be smiling too!
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10638 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (14 years 2 hours ago) and read 1946 times:
Don´t damn these guys. They are not really smiling because of happiness. What will be the expression on your face, if you appear in the world press for the first time? Most people smile slightly when they feel a bit uncertain in a new uncommon situation.
Rapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (14 years 1 hour ago) and read 1926 times:
I agree. Lighten up. These guys didn't cause the crash and I highly doubt that they are pleased with the fact that the flight went down. They're just like you and me - plane freaks (who happened to be at the right place at the right time).