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Thoughts About The SIA Crash....

Thu Nov 02, 2000 6:08 am

Maybe it's just me, but I feel with the advent of the internet and all the 24 hour news channels, and web sites like this, that this particular crash has hit much closer to home. To be more clear, I live in the U.S. I would have to say that 10 years ago, I would not have felt any uneasiness about a plane crash in Taiwan (other than sadness for any fatalities). It just would seem too far away, like a different world, to think it could happen here. Nowadays, it seems like any plane crash could be local.

Also, as I page through airline magazines and look at the beautiful new "scheme" liveries, or bright colored flying billboard planes, it affects me differently when one crashes. i don't know why?, but it's harder to accept one of those fancy painted planes going down in flames. Maybe it makes people who are not professional travelers a bit uneasy to hear about those planes crashing. Strange thoughts I know, but I'm being honest.
Anyone have comments?

RE: Thoughts About The SIA Crash....

Thu Nov 02, 2000 6:13 am

I agree with you on most things - except I would always have considered a Singapore Airlines B744 a very close hit to home - as I would any 744.... But when the emery worldwide DC8 crashed (freighter) I noticed it on this forum, and otherwise I would probably never have heard of it.

But shouldn't this topic belong in the non-aviation forum, being more philosophical?
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RE: Thoughts About The SIA Crash....

Thu Nov 02, 2000 6:19 am

I completely agree with you, it really does feel like it could have happened at our home airports. It stresses the fact that we should never be complacent.
Let us think about the 75 pax and four cabin crew that lost their lives.
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RE: Thoughts About The SIA Crash....

Thu Nov 02, 2000 7:04 am

Yes ZRB2, you are so right. A disaster on the other side of the globe hit us almost as if it was local. Why? It wasn't so 20 years ago.
Can it be explained? Today we are all world travellers, if not in reality, then at least in our dreams, and we are pretty sure that one day we will make our dreams come true. Singapore, Singapore Airlines, Boeing 747 planes, Taiwan etc., it's all part of our common culture, part of our everyday life or our dreams. 20 years ago it wasn't quite like the back side of the Moon, but...
Earlier today another disaster happened. A Russian or Ukrainian AN-26 exploded in the air over Mosambique and killed all 48 on board. I haven't even found out yet if it was Russian or Ukrainian.
The SQ006 disaster created maybe 500 posts here during the first 24 hours. Where do we find the AN-26 disaster?
That AN-26 disaster has no relations to our daily life or dreams. It belongs to another culture even when it is geographically closer. It is more or less ignored here at airliners.net even if almost as many fellow cityzens of planet Earth lost their loved ones.
We turn every stone concerning the SQ006. How did it happen?, Why did it happen? Can it be avoided? Who was on that plane? Etc. About the AN-26 we will read in tomorrow's newspaper - probably on page 12 - that it was mayby shot down by some rebels, who knows? Or it just exploded for some other reason. And then it will be forgotten.
I think that this explains at least partly why a South-East Asian disaster hit us much harder today than years ago.
Best regards, Preben Norholm
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RE: Thoughts About The SIA Crash....

Thu Nov 02, 2000 12:05 pm

SIA is a good carrier. It stinks how bad things happen to good airlines.

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RE: Thoughts About The SIA Crash....

Thu Nov 02, 2000 12:14 pm

I must agree with you on all counts. I have a model of the crashed planes "sister" ship right here above my desk. I have always admired pictures of those planes, and loved the way SIA had them painted. My dream as a traveller to experience first and Biz class on them on a very long flight. I hated to see what happened, and it saddens me deeply.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields

RE: Thoughts About The SIA Crash....

Thu Nov 02, 2000 1:59 pm

Hi people,

I had always been an SIA 'fan'. I first heard the news when I was listening to a radio station. At first I did not really believed it then I quickly tuned into CNN and found out that it was real. It shocked me tremendously and I thought to myself that even SIA, an airline which has a very good safety record could even crash. Sad thing to happen. I hope that this will not happen again. I also hope that this crash would not ruin the good reputation of Singapore Airlines.

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