So the Asiana crash was huge news over the weekend, A.net is already up to thread no. 6 with all the talk and conjecture. Contrast that to the crash that happened in Alaska where 5x as many people were killed yet the accident got very little press (story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23222244 ). Why do you think there is such a difference? I have a couple of ideas to throw out there:
The 777 is very much an 'everyday' plane that a lot of people fly on and can relate to which brings up the 'that could easily have been me' thoughts.
There were way more people involved in the Asiana crash.
The people who were in the Alaska crash are incurring risks all the time by flying around in small planes in bad weather so there is less sympathy/mutual understanding from the rest of the public.
What are your thoughts?