there’s a bloke who’s tried his best.
the single most powerful driver safety message i’ve ever seen. and i’m pretty sure it’s an amateur mashup of a lot of different countries’ road toll campaigns (including the TAC’s), set to a beautiful piece of music – Evanescence’s My Immortal.
Be warned this is a mix of re-enactments and real accident footage. It’s gut-wrenching.
i think the spectator’s ‘jesus christ’ says it all.
if anybody thinks there’s no link between what happened to QF68 this morning and the Air France flight that plunged into the Atlantic three weeks ago, i think you’re kidding yourselves.
SEVEN people have been injured as a Qantas flight from Hong Kong to Perth “plunged” over Borneo.
Passengers likened the experience to plunging suddenly into a hole, with passengers, crew and loose items flying into the air, The Australian reported.
Qantas said the QF68 hit turbulence about four hours out of Hong Kong as it was flying over Borneo on its way to Perth.
… Ms Hudson said the plane’s captain Paul Flack told passengers as they were landing in Perth just before 8am that the Airbus A330-300 had run into a storm which the radars had not picked up.
“He said because of the temperature issue, crystals sometimes form on the instruments that pick up the radars, that pick up the clouds.
“Apparently it didn’t pick it (the storm) up until they were in it.”
“It was a severe meteorological incident,” Qantas corporate affairs manager David Epstein said.
The Airbus A330-300, is same type of aircraft as the Air France flight which crashed in the Atlantic ocean three weeks ago in mysterious circumstances.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will investigate the incident.
mhmmmm, that’s it right there … temperature sensors, and radar … scary. read the full thing here.
mother jones is running a terrific article about whether or not the new carbon-fiber composites (plastics, in other words) that make up more and more aircraft parts might have been responsible for the downing of AF 447. and whether or not we have adequate testing for fatigue in those parts. or if it’s even possible.
If critics of the new high-composite-content aircraft are right about their risks, then we may once again be facing a situation where the corporate profits of the aerospace and airline industries are placed before public safety, while the government declines to intervene.
This is not the stuff of conspiracy theories. Warnings about the possible safety risks of composite materials in aircraft construction have been issued by a number of engineers and experts, and by no less reliable a source than the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (CTSB). A 2007 article in the New Scientist discusses a report by the CTSB that reveals problems with composite materials used in the Airbus, and their role in a 2005 midair crisis. Most troubling is the report’s conclusion that such structural problems often remain undetected using current methods of safety testing.
scary shit, m’telling you. read the whole thing at mother jones.
awesome set of photos from the camera of stephen mallon showing the salvage of flight 1549 from the hudson river.
i get such a sense of the cold water from these pics, makes me want to go slip on a full-length wetsuit and a balaclava for good measure … lol.