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Ethiopian Airlines: Boeing 737 crashes on way to KenyaAn Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet has crashed on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya. The flight is believed to have had 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, the airline says. (www.bbc.com) More...
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As a tower controller for a number of years I witnessed several crashes... there was one every 2 weeks or so up at So Lake Tahoe...anyway.. we were not allowed to talk among ourselves and compare our memories... and had to write statements on what we saw... amazing that 2-3 experienced controllers, seeing the same event, had such divergent recalls.. I don't place much stock in eye witness accounts from general public on the ground
Curious as to the frequency of crashes at So. Lake Tahoe. Why? Inbound or outbound? Mostly general aviation -prop or jet?
Sunday afternoon "gotta get home".. downdrafts/turbulence every summer afternoon, 9000+ density altitude and inexperienced pilots = GA crashes..... always had 2-3 wrecks hidden behind hangars...
Yes, you can read almost any aircraft accident report and someone will have seen smoke or fire and would say that the engine was running rough. Rarely is it found to be true though. This one was so close to the ground at times that it may have been leaving a trail of dust and debris kicked up in its wake.
A lot of people will just say something spectacular to get their 15 seconds of television news fame.
And I pray never to be on the tv news.
In a accident investigation class I took it was stated that eyewitness accounts are very unreliable. What they see it mostly colored by their Aviation experience or lack of. One eyewitness once stated that “The hand of God struck it from the sky”. I don’t even have much faith that the truth will come out. I’m sure governmental officials of Ethiopia are already taking bribes.