Virgin Flight VS27 Emergency Evacuation at Gatwick Airport

Virgin Airlines

Virgin flight VS27 turned back to Gatwick this morning approx 10 minutes after takeoff. The Captain announced that an emergency landing would take place. Reports suggest that there was smoke in the cabin, but this has not been confirmed. What is important to talk about is the reports of injuries caused by the emergency evacuation itself. We only evacuate an aircraft if it is thought life may be in danger. Therefore when the captain ordered the evacuation he would have done so knowing full well that injuries may occur, but felt it was necessary in order to protect life. Bruised limbs, or the odd broken bone is a small price to pay when there are passengers life's to protect. Once again the media have decided to interview affected … [Read more...]

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...]