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Final Word: Lessons to be learned from Asiana plane crash

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??

About the Author


Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.

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