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Fascinated With Famous Recent Crashes?

Sun Aug 05, 2007 12:27 am

Anyone else share my (morbid?) fascination with the famous crashes of the 90s and 00s? While of course it's an incredible toll on human life/emotion, as well as fiscal disasters for all involved; they seem so intriguing as to still inspire study (by amateurs such as myself) even now.

The examples of particular interest are, in chronological order: TW800, SR111, MS990, AF4590, and AA587; the aircraft involved are all pictured below, including an incredible shot capturing two of them in the same frame.

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Have watched all of the television specials, everything from Anatomy of a Disaster to PBS and History Channel specials. Taped most of them.

Oddly enough, for some reason, I don't seem to take nearly the same interest in non-fatal accidents: e.g., AF's crash at YYZ, which had the fortunate result of removing another A340 from the face of the Earth, and the even more fortunate result of losing no lives in the process.

SQ006 also holds little interest to me-- I guess because I've always viewed it as the (deadly) result of sheer incompetence, rather than a facet of flight operation. It was a tragedy none-the-less, and may all those who were lost that night RIP.
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RE: Fascinated With Famous Recent Crashes?

Sun Aug 05, 2007 12:37 am

Also, notable mention should go to AA191, despite being a crash of the 70s. Still the most deadily accident in USA aviation history (oddly enough, AA is involved with all four of the deadliest aviation-related events in the USA), and notable for the oversight it inspired.

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RE: Fascinated With Famous Recent Crashes?

Sun Aug 05, 2007 1:56 am

Yes, I have a fascination with plane crashes. I love reading about them, and finding out what caused them. I have Air Disaster Vol 1, and I hope to get all 4 of the books. I'm most interested in the crashes of 9/11. Of the 4, I always have wanted to find out all I can about UA93.


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RE: Fascinated With Famous Recent Crashes?

Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:36 am

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Thread starter):
Anyone else share my (morbid?) fascination with the famous crashes of the 90s and 00s? While of course it's an incredible toll on human life/emotion, as well as fiscal disasters for all involved; they seem so intriguing as to still inspire study (by amateurs such as myself) even now.

Yes, I certainly do - always have, ever since I was young. I remember being 9 when DL191 crashed and I clipped a whole lot of articles out of the papers.

I always enjoy reading up on them, watching television specials on them - I even had the NTSB send me the Air Florida Flight 90 accident report back in the early 1990s as I wanted to read up on that further (it was sent free to Australia incidentally).

I don't think it's especially morbid - it's fascinating in a human factors / forensic analysis / etc kind of way. I'll always find it interesting. Agree with both your comments (SQ and Non-Fatal).

My housemates always leave the room when I'm watching Air Crash Investigation  Smile Not their cup of tea at all. I think either you are someone who is fascinated or you're just not at all interested for fear of jinxing yourself or from some innate fear of something happening on a flight.

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 2):
I have Air Disaster Vol 1, and I hope to get all 4 of the books.

I have all four - I'd recommend getting them quickly as tey're going out of print at the publisher (1 and 2 are, 3 might be and 4 isn't - Google Australian Aviation - it's sold via them online).
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RE: Fascinated With Famous Recent Crashes?

Sun Aug 05, 2007 4:13 am

Yeah Im sorry to say I'm a crash fanatic too. And yes non-fatal crashes dont hold the same interest. I was always fascinated by AA587 in particular. But to be honest my interest doesnt just stop with air crashes. I have no particular interest in ships but always was interested in sinkings etc, espaecially remember the Townsend Torrenson in the English Channel back in the 80s
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RE: Fascinated With Famous Recent Crashes?

Sun Aug 05, 2007 9:19 am

I've been fascinated by crashes, too (particularly Valujet 592 since it happened a few miles from where I live). Singapore 006 is interesting to me (as is Comair 191) precisely because they were the results of pilot error.

I remember once taking along a copy of Aircraft Accident Analysis: Final Reports to read while flying... I'm not sure if my fellow passengers appreciated my choice of book, though.
 
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RE: Fascinated With Famous Recent Crashes?

Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:59 pm

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0164238/L/

This one is freaky, shows the Concorde which crashed, and the 767 which also crashed.
 
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RE: Fascinated With Famous Recent Crashes?

Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:43 pm

Well, I am not fascinated by any crash at all...
It always hurts a lot when I hear about a crash, I mean it brings back the reality of my job! It can be over any day anytime without any warning... BANG and the trouble starts. I hope it will never ever happen to me...  pray  or to anyone else...
And what I hope even more that terrorists never use aircrafts as weapons again! That was one of the worst days in aviation history (and not only aviation history)...

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