Re: Airbus A3XX---vapor plane?

From: (Robert Dorsett)
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In article <airliners.1996.369@ohare.Chicago.COM> michel gammon <> writes:
>Would it be any worse than the losses when the Titanic (1500+ lost), or
>Lusitania (1195 lost), or the Empress of Ireland in the Gulf of St.
>Lawrence (1014 lost) went down?

Airline crashes have long attracted far more press attention than
other types of crashes.  People are fundamentally nervous about flying.
When a train crashes, or a boat sinks, the stories are covered as curiosities
because they are considered completely reliable forms of transportation
(erroneously!) by the public: what, for example, is so difficult about maneu-
vering down a railroad track? :-)  When accidents like those happen, it
is usually perceived as obviously a case of human error or stupidity.

For a quick check of the impact of crashes on the public's perception of
air safety, take a look at  A larger crowd of hand-wringers
you will never see. :-)

And, yes, if the Titanic and Lusitania went down in the information age,
I suspect that their impact would have been pretty significant.  They were
pretty damned significant as it is, as evidenced by your citation of the

Robert Dorsett                         Moderator, sci.aeronautics.simulation