For some reason, the Delta/Comair Flight 5191 incident touched me... in a way beyond that of which the September 11th attacks did. I was never afraid to fly on a commercial aircraft until I saw what happened then at Lexington.
It was just a shocking expression of how such a small mutual error involving all parties there could cause such a brutal end result.
They didn't even see it coming during the takeoff roll. Sudden death.
I compose music as a hobby (using Apple's GarageBand program, it's great, BTW), and found out that I could make guitars sort of sound like jet engines. Specifically, jet engines on RPM acceleration... then the thought of this incident crossed my mind, and the rest was history.
I extended it into a little power ballad that had a successful landing sequence (yes, GarageBand can also emulate those noises, apparently). If anything, writing this helped me get over my own anxiety about flying after this incident.
Without further ado, I'll post the link here. My song, titled "5191 (40 Degrees Off)", is hosted at Sony's ACIDplanet.com website:
Listen to "5191 (40 Degrees Off)"
The song has no words. There is a monologue in places, but no words. And oh yes, I'm a Southern (US) hick who currently has bronchitis, for future reference.
I don't intend for this to be a stupid plug/advert, either. I think it's important for us to consider and discuss here the psychological impact these incidents have on the aviation industry as well as most of us on here (I assume most of us are primarily air travellers).
Essentially, I'm merging the aspects of air transport with those of philosophical everyday life and death when I speak here. We take risks whenever we walk out the door, whenever we get in the car and drive (driving's a hell of a lot more dangerous than flying!!), and of course, we take a risk during commercial air travel.
This specific instance, Comair 5191, however, touched me as disturbing for some reason.
As an end note, I'm not entirely sure if this post belongs in this subforum. Would it belong better in the aviation hobby subforum? Please have it moved there if that is the case.