Monday, April 14, 2008

Please ignore our other... um... crashed airliner.

On August 22, 1999, Mandarin Airlines Flight 642 from Bangkok to Hong Kong crashed upon landing. The plane, an MD-11, encountered a 24-knot crosswind coincident with Typhoon Sam and came down too hard on its right side, causing the No. 3 engine to hit the runway and the right wing to separate from the fuselage. The MD-11 rolled over and slid off the runway upside down, bursting into flame and grinding to a halt on a grassy area adjacent to the runway, and stayed there for a couple of days, so all passengers from arriving flights came to see it.

I take a World According to Garp view of this sort of thing. I mean really what are the odds that your plane will crash too...

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