Flight AF447: My Thoughts

Air France

There is no point in pretending the incident involving Flight AF447 did not happen - it's all over the world's media. So, I want to share my thoughts with you, the fearful flyer; We do not know WHAT has caused the incident, so there is no point in focusing on it. Focusing on an incident that has not been investigated yet simply causes more anxiety. Until we know how the aircraft came down, don't think about it.... Easier said than done, I know. To sell newspapers - or gain viewers - the media needs to 'imply' a reason, and that is exactly what they are doing. Simply because the captain had reported enetering severe turbulence the media are 'implying' that this could be the cause. But turbulence does not just bring an aircraft … [Read more...]

Monarch’s Three Rejected Take-Offs

You may or may not have seen this story featured in the UK media, but for those of you that have it's simply another example of bored journalists sensationalising stories in order to sell papers - and generally breeding a fear of flying amongst the general public. In fact, SKY News reported that the passengers were 'evacuated' after each failed take-off attempt. The word evacuation implies an emergency situation. In truth, the passengers disembarked … [Read more...]

Amsterdam Plane Crash: Flight TK1951 – Schiphol Airport

Every time an event like this takes place, I struggle with the decision on whether to write an article or not. As someone that wants to help you with your fear of flying, it's difficult to decide what to do. However, I've always been of the opinion that honesty is the best policy. At least here you will only get the facts - rather than the media's version of events. Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 came down during … [Read more...]