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Deciding to Have an Accident

Most pilots that I know have decided at one point in their flying careers to make a huge smoking crater in the earth. Although I don’t typically advertise the fact, the truth is, I’ve done it a few times, myself, though not for many years. Who knows, maybe you have too. After all, what could be more exciting than ending the day in a smoking heap of wreckage? What fun. I am, of course, being facetious. ( More...

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I get what Mr. Goyer is saying, I just don't like the way he expresses his thoughts. I miss Mac and the days when FLYING had substance.
Donald Sewell 1
I agree with MANBOI I just wish that there is a listing of all the scheduled pilots that feel that way so that I and my family could avoid being on the same airplane at the same time. I would have given my (never Mind) to have been a scheduled pilot (but. there for the grace of god go I)
kevin swiss 1
I agree that it could have been said differently perhaps more bluntly - flying and death are linked, not unlike fast driving and death are linked. When you choose to make risky/poor/unreasonable/etc choices. In aviation, we spend some of our life "in the moment" making what we think is the best decision at the spur of the moment and then living or dying as a consequence. Which in hindsight, our foresight should have been obvious that it was not the right idea but was the best idea at the time in the poor circumstances we ended up in. I suspect it is called many things NTSB called it "get there-itis", Goyer mentioned "manage that risk" etc.


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