Is it less tragic because it was not deliberate?

08.27.06

A plane crash in Kentucky killed 49 people today:

Flight 5191, a Canadair CRJ-100 bound for Atlanta, apparently ran off the end of a 3,500-foot-long runway designed for use by smaller planes, instead of the 7,000-foot runway suited for commercial flights, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board said.

There’s so far no word as to why the plane tried to take off from the shorter runway, instead of the longer one it was approved for. But there are no indications of terrorism, and as such, this crash will probably be quickly forgotten by the media. Unless, of course, the pilot turns out to be Muslim… in which case we’ll probably never hear the end of the conspiracy theories.

This crash was a tragedy, and the families of all those killed have my deepest sympathies.

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