A bad month for plane crashes

09.05.05

An epidemic of plane crashes seems to have hit the globe.

In this past month alone, a plane crash-landed in Toronto – an episode in which, miraculously nobody was hurt. But not everyone was so lucky. A terrible crash in Greece killed 121, and a devastating crash in Venezuela killed 160.

There were also smaller crashes, such as the plane that went down in Switzerland, killing 4, a crash in Acupulco, Mexico that killed two people, and a crash in Durban, South Africa that was survived by all six people aboard. And that’s not even all of them.

Then last week, a crash in Peru killed dozens of people.

Now there’s been another plane crash in Indonesia that has claimed 149 lives. There doesn’t seem to be any sign of terrorism.

And a plane crashed in the Congo, killing 7. It seems that the pilot tried to land in poor visibility and crashed into a tree.

I’m seriously starting to question the statistics that tell us that flying is so much safer than driving. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not out to spread conspiracy theories or anything. By all accounts, these crashes happened due to bad weather or pilot error, and their timing is just a coincidence. But what on earth is going on here?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tré 09.06.05 at 2:23 PM

No no. Its the end of the world. I forgot which prophecy (Nostradamus?)but its something along the lines of giant birds (planes) falling out of the sky and flooding everywhere.

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2 DaninVan 09.06.05 at 4:55 PM

I deeply distrust the flying vs driving stats. the only stat that would mean anything is the # of ‘vehicle trips’ or ‘landings’ or ‘takeoffs’.
I’m really not interested in ‘passenger miles’ or other such obfuscations.

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3 josh 09.09.05 at 1:16 AM

It really has been a weird month for plane accidents. I was under the impression that over the past two years or so, there hadn’t been any major airliner crashes and fatalities.

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