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How a nervous flier reacts when disaster strikes

Published 06/06/2009 | 00:00

The news of an air disaster like this week's Air France crash over the Atlantic has a strange effect on nervous fliers like myself.

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The first response, of course, is one of sympathy. My heart goes out to those 228 passengers and crew on board flight AF447 from Rio de Janeiro, and to their families.

As someone who has imagined his flight going down over the ocean many times, I picture what the last moments of those on board might have been like: the screams, the prayers, the frenzied calls and texts.

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