14 Minutes of Hell

I’m not sure if this account of the last 14 minutes of the flight that was lost over the Atlantic is accurate — the facts of what actually happened to the plane seem to be in a state of flux — but the story that is told is a nightmare for anyone who does a lot of air travel.  Anyone who regularly flies as part of his work must accept that there are risks and hope that the risks are not realized on their particular flight.  It’s bad enough to die in a plane crash — what would really be horrible would be knowing for an extended period of time that your plane is going down over water in the middle of the ocean, in the grip of a violent storm, with no hope of rescue or ultimate survival and no chance to call loved ones to say goodbye.

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