Monday, February 9, 2015
plane in the river (3)
Information has been added from the black boxes, and suddenly the pilots are no longer heroes: who turned off the second engine after the first one failed, and why? We no longer see the pilots' families; we only are told 'someone' turned off the engine. Somehow this human failure is more frightening than the purely mechanical failure we first imagined. The mundane sight of a small plane resting in a river after a low-altitude descent has turned into something much more dangerous in our minds.