Indonesia Plane Crash and Fear of Flying

If you haven’t heard, recently in the news, a C-130 military plane in Indonesia had engine trouble and the pilot was about to turn back around. As he was turning back around the plane descended from the sky and crashed into some homes and a hotel and killed over 100 people. Reports are saying that there was a mechanical error as well as human error on top of that, and the reason being is because Indonesia does not have the best safety record when it comes to their aircraft. I don’t want to sound like I am being insensitive about the situation, it was tragic what happened, I am just going by what the reports say.

The reason why I wanted to talk about this situation is because we all have this incident right here sitting in the back of our minds when that plane takes off. We do not want to think about it, but we know it happens. On March 24, 2015, a co-pilot named Andreas Lubitz deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit before initiating a descent and crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into a mountain killing  144 passengers and 6 crew members. No mechanical failure there, just decided one day he wanted to kill himself and take everyone with him. How evil can you be to do such a thing. On February 4 2015, at least 31 people were killed after a Taiwanese flight with 58 people on board turned onto its side shortly after takeoff, clipped a bridge and crashed into a river in the island’s capital of Taipei. The cause of the accident was UNKNOWN. That airplane was actually the newest model they put out and it hadn’t even been used for a year at that point. And lets not forget about that missing Malaysian plane that went missing back in March of 2014 that had 239 people on board.

I was in China when that Taiwanese flight crashed into the river. I had been interested in visiting Taiwan for a year at that point and was thinking about what if I would have been on that plane. Taiwan is right next to China, and to even imagine that something so tragic could happen so close to you. I have been on a plane so many times I have lost count, and each and every time that plane would take off I would get nervous. Especially when you are flying during a storm and there’s turbulence, and for someone like me who frequently gets plane sick doesn’t make it better. I always try not to think about it, and you for damn sure do not want to bring up a situation like that or a feel of unease to anyone next to you on the plane. I hope situations like these don’t stop you from wanting to travel, but you can’t help but to know that these things have happened. All you can do is hope that everything will be ok and that you will have a safe trip.  

The best advice I can give is to try not to think about it. Listen to music, relax, watch a movie and enjoy the flight. Don’t let incidents of the past derail your plans for the future. If you want to go to Europe, GO TO EUROPE. If you want to go to Africa, GO TO AFRICA. If you want to go to Japan, GO TO JAPAN. Live life and enjoy. And if you are not comfortable of flying in airplanes, there’s nothing wrong with making that choice neither. Do what you feel is right and comfortable for you. R.I.P to everyone who lost their lives in that plane crash and my heart goes out to all the family and friends who lost their loved ones on that flight. Add me to Line Messenger: splashwave210


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