Wednesday 22 November 2017

Tragedy in the morning fog

OF all forms of transport, aviation is the most unforgiving of failure. It is too early to jump to conclusions but one indisputable element from yesterday's Cork plane crash was the fragility of existence; inches were the difference between tragedy and survival.

That two people walked away from the mangled shell of the Manx2 while four others survived, albeit with serious injury, is a miracle. The families of the six are in the thoughts of the nation. Thankfully Ireland has an exemplary record on air safety. The swift responses from the emergency services are a testament to the rigorous standards that are enforced. The containment of the fire was a key factor in saving lives.

All the same this was a serious and tragic incident. Not since the 1985 Air India crash have there been multiple deaths. Before that, we have to go back to the Tuskar Rock disaster in 1968. In both of these disasters external factors were to blame.

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