I traveled over the long holiday weekend like a lot of you probably did. I got on a plane and went back to the Midwest for a family wedding.
I flew back on Saturday night, and I was packing up when news broke about the crash of the Asiana flight at San Francisco International. So when I got to the airport in Indianapolis there was a local TV news crew interviewing passengers about fear of flying. I told them that, in general, I thought driving to the airport was more dangerous than flying.
My brother also got interviewed, and for some reason, they used HIS comments but not mine. Whatever. ... In any case, I do tend to believe that for the most part, once you board a plane, your safety, your fate, is out of your hands.
What we saw in San Francisco is that, with the right training, a well-trained crew, and a little luck, it's possible to get out of a crash like that one alive. What we are also learning, however, is a little scary.
We are finding out that the pilot of that Boeing 777 was on a "training" flight, with less than 50 hours under his belt flying that particular type of aircraft.
I don't know if having a more experienced pilot flying that day would have prevented the accident. Only a full investigation will determine that. But I do know that pilots talk about the fact that some airports are tougher to land at than others. When I drive a truck instead of my car, I know I clip a few curbs.
I do know that I am glad the crew on board had the experience necessary to help save the lives of almost every other person on board. What if it had been THEIR first flight??