Media Over-Reactions to Flying Incidents

The media has been all over the Asiana Air 214 crash. They have been labeling it a tragedy and having all sorts of “experts” on their channels to explain what was going on. They will make news out of nothing and like to spice up the news. 

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A picture I took of CNN a few years ago. They made a story out of a windy day at a airport in Canada. They do not realize that crabbing to land is a very normal thing, and not a news worthy event.

The two fatalities that occurred on Asiana Air 214 are the first fatalities for a major airline company in the United States for over a decade (there have been a couple regional accidents, but the majors have remained incident free). It was also the first two fatalities ever to occur on the Boeing Triple 7. American airspace is one of the most advanced in the world and the controllers are highly skilled. American pilots are well trained and highly competent. Compared to other methods of transportation, air travel is by far the safest. Therefore the media has completely blown the incident that happened to Asiana Air 214 out of proportion.

Although it is very sad that two young people lost their lives, it is important to remember that over 250 people survived this incident. The media is labeling it has a tragedy and a disaster. Loss of life is always sad, but this is nothing compared to the safety record of aviation in the past. The 1980’s and 1990’s were a myriad of crashed. The deadliest year for commercial aviation was in 1985 when over 2,000 fatalities occurred within one year from commercial aviation. 

It seems when the media is covering something that you know very well; you can always poke holes in it. I was watching CNN the day of the SFO crash and it was very cringe –worthy. Their so-called “experts” knew nothing and were just saying words in order to fill the airspace. They claimed several times that the wings had fallen of the airplane. While the pictures they should on the screen clearly should the plane with the wings still attached. They did not wait for real investigations, but instead reported non-stop on stuff that was false and clearly not fact checked.

The media tends to blow stuff out of proportion. This is especially true with aviation. When you hear of a news story regarding aviation, go online and find some reputable sources within the industry. They will give you a correct and technical description of what happened.

 

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