Aircraft Accidents and Remaining the Same

This is a week late for my Blog. The website went under maintenance last week and I was unable to post.
The more things change, the more they remain the same. However, in these cases, they never changed except to become more alarming.
An American Airlines flight returned to Reagan National following a single engine bird strike. The Memphis-bound American Embraer ERJ-175 returned to DCA after the single engine ingestion. This story reminds of another from two days ago when a Lufthansa A320 avoided three unauthorized drones on approach to Bilbao, Spain. The drones estimated at 6 pounds each would have devastated the engines if ingested at one of the two most critical phases of flight – landing. I’m sure those pilots disagree with John Goglia’s assessment of drone ingestion; he said drones are no different than ingesting birds and called concerns ‘baloney’. I would say that ingesting six pounds of metal and plastic into an engine, even at flight idle is pretty catastrophic.
On the same topic, Charleston, SC says that laser strikes on pilots have increased 50%. I would put this in the same category as the drone violations: if they aren’t dangerous, then why do the perpetrators run after shining a laser at a plane or flying the drone too close? Because this is the twenty-first century version of anonymous vandalism; like an arsonist setting fire to a house to watch the fire department respond or calling in a bomb threat for the thrill. Some people just like to watch the world burn, or in this case, the airliner.
And speaking of watching the results of their selfish actions, the media this week tried to solve an air accident again by quoting a know-nothing coroner as saying the human remains indicated a bombing in EgyptAir MS804. Not allowing facts to muddy their pursuit of sensationalism, the media – and I mean EVERYBODY in the media, whether left or right wing – reported this hapless coroner’s words as truth. Journalism awards for everyone.

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