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Why Are Thouse Birds Falling?

Wed Mar 01, 2000 10:13 am

Is it just me?
or that in the last few months the amount of Airplane crashes has been extremly high. I mean plane after plane has been crashing!!

Alaska Airlines..
Kenya Airways
Korean Airways
and so many more!!

I got no Idea whats going on here. But I think that the age of the aircraft is starting to affect the Airline industry. But a Md-83 isnt such an old plane.. and look what happend! The Airbus 310 well that aircraft would be at least 15 years old. Compared to the airlines that use 747-100 and -200 they will have to take extreme caution now!

The amount of people that lost there lifes to such a wonderful discovery of the Airplane. This is sad.. really is.. Im starting to get worried about next time I go flying.. if anything will go wrong....All I can say is that the last few months have been pretty bad for the Aviation industries. But heck if u think it wont happen to u .. than ur wrong! It could happen to anyone!
You could be flying on the 777 for all I care and still have a crash! Yup what happends if the engines fail and u are over the ocean.. u are going down!
Or if there is any damage to the aircraft it self during a flight than u could be in for a bumpy ride. I can`t blame the pilots because they do everything they can to keep that baby up there if anything goes wrong. All I could say.. is that Airlines should invest more into there Mechanics and fix these planes up before anything else goes wrong!

*NOTE* sorry for the spelling mistakes!
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RE: Why Are Thouse Birds Falling?

Wed Mar 01, 2000 2:04 pm

You don't blame the pilots....but you do blame the mechanics. We use an immense amount of professionalism in our work thank you very much!!!

The only thing we need is the ability to see into the future, but unfortunately that will never happen. Mechanical things do break and will again. Only God knows when.

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RE: Why Are Thouse Birds Falling?

Thu Mar 02, 2000 4:59 am

I want to extend a HUGE thank you the mechanics. After reading what Dash8 wrote, I'm sorry that I've been remiss in my actions.

You mechs have a tough job and are constantly under pressure to lower your standards and get that bird out there whether it's airworthy or not. I'm glad that you resist the pressure... for with your work a lot more accidents would happen. Then my job becomes a lot more difficult!  

Thank you very much!

- Neil Harrison

RE: Why Are Thouse Birds Falling?

Thu Mar 02, 2000 7:05 am

Remember that flying is the safest form of transport
That there is only a one in a million chance that you will crash
and a one in 500.000that you will not survive that crash,
ok i'm not saying that it will never happen to me but compeared to how many planes are flying the amount that crash is very few but it is still sad but nothing copared to the amount of crashes that happen amongst other forms of transport.

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RE: Why Are Those Birds Falling?

Thu Mar 02, 2000 7:09 am

Thousands of flight take of each day. Each of those has hundreds of thousands or millions of parts all of which must work together. That they do is amazing. That they occasionally do not is predictable and understandable. In the future, as flights become more and more frequent, crashes will seem to occur more often, when in fact they will be less frequent as safety increases, proportionate to the number of successful flights. I think what we've seen recently is a fluke, it's accountable for statisticaly, and in the future we should understand that there will be some increase in crashes.
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Thu Mar 02, 2000 7:49 pm

Thank you for the kind words as well, I work for Horizon and we're in close contact with Alaska and their mechs as well, I've seen what they're going through...doesn't matter if it was pilot error, mechanical failiure or whatever. When one goes down, we all go down.


RE: Why Are Thouse Birds Falling?

Thu Mar 02, 2000 8:39 pm

Those accidents which have happened in past few months: there isn't similarities. But today there is few problems with airliners, airlines and all what is involved with commercial aviation.

Today planes are almost every day on the duty, because airlines must keep them flying. It's loss of money if planes are in ground. It means that maintenance breaks must be short, and that means that maintenance-staff must work fast and under pressure which make possibility of humanly-mistake more probable. Planes are routed few weeks before and if there comes something, it effects to all planes and routes which airline is serving because they have to take another plane from somewhere else.

Today time is money, a lot of money in commercial aviation. And there is more flights in the sky today, more than ever, and then of course possibility of accidents crows. If we want look for who is guílty, we are all guilty. People, so we, are flying more and more, that means that airlines must take maintenance-break short as possible.

And one reason what we can't forgot is spare-part problems. There is flying several plane types which have been out of production some time. And if so, airline have problems to get spare-parts. And if they get spare-part it's used. And we all know what that means.
Still I'm flying high !!