Re: Fear of Flying

Date:         27 Dec 96 13:32:23 
From: (Kevin Cooper)
Organization: Hewlett Packard Cupertino Site
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Karl Swartz (kls@ohare.Chicago.COM) wrote:
: I've been on two that subsequently had fatal crashes -- and one that
: *previously* had had a fatal accident!  (In October, I flew ORD-SFO on
: N4724U, the United 747 that lost its cargo door and nine passengers
: operating UA 811.  If you look at the post-accident pictures, the
: first two or three windows on the upper deck, above the cargo door,
: are where my seat was.  And yes, I knew exactly what plane I was on.)

I flew on N4724U on September 29 from Washington Dulles to Denver.  I, too,
knew which plane I was flying on, but had never seen the pictures of the
damage until today (at  I flew in the middle of the plane,
in a left-side window seat just behind the wing, but did not know where the
damage had occurred.

As I understand it, N4724U was scheduled to be retired on or about
December 15.  So the few of us that closely follow this stuff may have
had our last chance to fly on it.

: >I think I am therefore a statistical abnormality.

: I don't know about statistics, but my wife definitely thinks I'm an
: abnormality when it comes to this stuff.  ;-)

Thanks for the good laugh!  When I got home that night, I was telling
my wife all about it.  And she feels the same way about me and my
interest in airplanes! :)

Kevin Cooper
Not speaking for my employer