Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Fare Warning

I just read this article about the Comair plane that crashed during takeoff (before dawn) in Lexington, Kentucky last year. It seems that the plane had taxied onto the wrong runway which was unlit and too short for a commercial jet. In the transcripts, the co-pilot noted that the runway was "weird with no lights", and the captain replied, "Yeah," just seconds before the sound of impact.

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure that I would have stopped and asked for some kind of confirmation. I mean, the's dark. No lights. That means you can't see the end of the runway; the end that's much closer than you think it is because the runway's too short for your plane. No lights. Dark. And the co-pilot's like, "Weird," and the pilot's like, "Yeah."

When you're thinking of a song and it's the next one that comes on the radio, that's weird. When you're driving a gas tank with wings at 158mph down a dark road that you think should be illuminated, but it's not, and you keep going, that's begging for trouble.

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