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JediAthos
01-31-2008, 01:01 PM
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_06/b4070000689813.htm


I just posted the link because the article is three pages long, but it certainly made me think a little bit about the people that are responsible for airline safety.

mur'phon
01-31-2008, 02:59 PM
Seems like another place where it's open season on whistleblowers. I fear they are being exterminated.

Rev7
01-31-2008, 03:38 PM
Very interesting. It made me think too.

mimartin
01-31-2008, 03:41 PM
Well if you really want to feel good about air safety...

The Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/news/travel/emergency-landing-after-copilot-seeks-god/2008/01/31/1201714149868.html)

JediAthos
01-31-2008, 03:43 PM
nice...*sigh* I hate air travel

Rev7
01-31-2008, 03:50 PM
I love it.

Darth333
01-31-2008, 10:38 PM
Well if you really want to feel good about air safety...

The Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/news/travel/emergency-landing-after-copilot-seeks-god/2008/01/31/1201714149868.html)
Well the co-pilot fell ill but there is noting that says that he was suicidal. The situation has been handled professionally and nothing demonstrates that the safety of the people on board was compromised at any time. Apart from technical aspects there's a reason why there's alway at least two (and on long haul flights, up to 4 pilots taking turns ) on board a commercial aircraft. The flight was diverted according to usual procedures that apply when only one pilot remains at his post.

There might be some failures sometimes (as in anything else) but flying on commercial airliners is still the safest way to travel...I fear crazy drivers much more. For commercial airlines in 2007, there have been 631 fatalities worldwide (http://www.ascendworldwide.com/story.aspx?story=147) on about 40 million flights and billions of pax . You can also find US statistics here: http://www.ntsb.gov/aviation/stats.htm

( US air vs road stats: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FKE/is_4_47/ai_86504189/pg_1 )

mur'phon
02-01-2008, 07:27 AM
There might be some failures sometimes (as in anything else) but flying, especially in developed countries and/or main airports, is still the safest way to travel...I fear crazy drivers much more.

QFT

Char Ell
02-01-2008, 09:40 AM
Someone posted the following link as a comment in the BusinessWeek article JediAthos linked to.

http://www.cannonfalls.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=9666&SectionID=3&SubSectionID=3&S=1

If one assumes this letter was written by the same Mark Lund featured in the BusinessWeek article (it's possible they're not) does that impact your view of this individual?

With respect to aircraft maintenance, I know it's something I always have in the back of my mind. When flying on a commercial aircraft one must trust that the mechanics and technicians that service the plane have not ignored maintenance issues with potential to cause serious problems. And on an aircraft there aren't many maintenance issues that don't have that potential. It's a level of trust that doesn't come easily to me.

As the BusinessWeek article references, the commercial airline industry has had unprecendented safety records for the past few years. Most of the aircraft incidents I know about were caused by human error, possibly excepting the most recent incident when a British Airways Boeing 777 that semi-crashed at London Heathrow. I hope management at all airlines understand that safety, including proper maintenance of aircraft, should be among their very top priorities. All they need to do is remember what happened to ValuJet after their flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades to understand what can happen to an airline for whom the flying public has lost trust in.