It was the afternoon of July 25, 2000. One hundred passengers, most of them German, boarded the Concorde Air France Flight 4590. This was a trip of a lifetime for many people, as Concorde was restricted to the wealthy class of people. The excitement in people was cut short by the unfortunate delay in flight, because of maintenance in one of its engines. The passengers boarded the plane a couple of hours after the scheduled time. Finally, it was cleared for taxi on runway 26-Right. The pilots lined the aircraft parallel to the runway. A tragic accident, however, was about to befall.
On December 2012, sixteen-year-old Kacie Chamberlain and Daniel Underhill were killed in a car accident in Orange County, North Carolina. Two other teens who were in the vehicle with them were seriously injured and hospitalized at Duke University Hospital. According to officials, the truck they were driving in lost control and hit a tree. The troopers said that speeding and not wearing seat belts were main factors in the crash. Families, friends, and classmates were devastated over the loss of the two high school juniors (“Two Teens Killed...”).
PAN AM flight 103, taxied down London’s Heathrow airport at approximately 6:04 P.M., on December, 21st, 1988 en-route to New York City (Rosenburg, 2014). With 243 passengers and 16 crew members, “Clipper 103” as it was identified, had no clue they had roughly 38 minutes to live (Rosenburg, 2014). As the crew approached the oceanic portion of the flight the pilot requested permission from the tower to proceed with their journey over the Atlantic Ocean. This was the last time air traffic control would have verbal contact with the aircraft (Ushynskyi, 2009). A midair explosion sent all 259 people on board to a fiery grave. The remnants of the explosion rained down on the unsuspecting town of Lockerbie, Scotland,
Julia Louise, 21 and Diyonte Rowe, 25 were residents of Columbia and were victims in a car crash on Sunday afternoon. Neither Louise or Rowe was wearing a seatbelt, and bother were ejected from the vehicle and died from head injuries. Louise died at the scene and Rowe was pronounced dead in the emergency room at a local hospital. Their car was traveling south in the 2900 block of Two Notch Road, near the intersection with west Beltline Boulevard, around 4 a.m. Saturday when it ran off the side of the road and hit a curb and utility pole. The car flipped and rolled across west Beltline and landed in a parking lot, no other cars were involved in the accident. “You double your chances of survival if you are wearing a seatbelt.” - Gary Watts
Can you define freedom? A Dutchman in Europe said, “You can’t. You don’t know what freedom is until you lose it” (Guarnere xxii). Freedom is what American soldiers fought for in WWII. The 101st Airborne was on the front line of every major battle in the European theater with enough men, weapons, artillery, ammunition, supplies, and trooper clothing to survive. The 101st was the army’s elite paratrooper division and was always on the front lines. During WWII, Easy Company, the best and the toughest, a part of the 101st, froze, starved, got covered in filth, became exhausted, and lost good men every day. They inflicted more casualties on the Germans than the Germans inflicted on the Americans or their Allies (Guarnere XX).
Activity #1 FLIGHT A kid named Zits who lives in Seattle, is only fifteen years old. He’s tall, skinny, ugly, and sometimes mean. He also has forty-seven zits and that’s where he gets his name from. Zits is Irish, Indian and is a foster child.
What is something the Malaysia Flight 370, the Lake Anjikuni Inuit Village, the Village of Hoer Verde, and the Mary Celeste all have in common? In all cases, a strange phenomenon occurred- a large group of people disappeared, practically without a trace. The same goes for the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke. There are many theories of what could have happened to the folk in that town way back in the 1580’s. They could have moved west, they could have eaten each other, they could have even been killed by irate Natives. There wasn’t a lot to go by- Only the word Croatan carved into a tree trunk- and when there aren't facts, people find explanations for themselves. Unfortunately, lots of them being crazed conspiracies and alluded-to alien abduction.
In the end, of course, there is no one person or agency responsible for the accident. The accident is just that -- an accident, one of those frighteningly random events that occasionally disrupt the even flow of daily life, underscoring the innate precariousness of life, our susceptibility to grief and loss and hurt.
“In the front seat was Gregg, driving, Sarah, in the middle, and Robyn, on the passenger side. In the rear seat was Jeff, behind the driver, Haley, in the middle, and Rachel, on the passenger side. EVERYONE was wearing their SEAT BELTS, as is our family habit. EVERYONE walked away from this accident with only bruises. The only blood was Robyn had small nicks from glass in a couple of places on her right arm and right leg.
In the year 1993, on the 1 of December, Northwest Air link flight 5719 was approaching Minneapolis on its way to Hibbing when it crashed into some trees and landed on its roof and finally burst into flames. When the National Transport and Service Board investigators went on to question the first officer and the captain about what happened during the crash. The investigations revealed that the captain had a problem with some changes in policies that the airline had implemented. The investigations also revealed that the captain was hot tempered and cross with airline employees. The captain was involved in an altercation with his first officer shortly before the plane took off.
“ A family of five was traveling to Florida for a family vacation when the family was suddenly struck between two semi’s. The EMT’s pronounced the whole family dead at the scene earlier that night. Police have yet to release details on what the cause of the accident was but said it was an unexpected incident”, the local news reported said.