Since we all believe we are "above average" drivers, I can easily understand ( and relate ) why we don't feel the fear we feel when we strapped inside an aluminum beer can in which we can't see where we are going, hurtling down the runway depending on thousands of very, precise rapidly spinning parts to thrust us up into the sky like we are shot out of a gun. What could go wrong with that?!
On the other hand, I spent the weekend driving from my home in Indiana to Fort Worth Texas to see "The Lure of Dresden" in the Kimbell Art Museum - a beautiful exhibit - no reflections anywhere on ANY of the large paintings covered with protective museum glass. Beautifully executed and worth my trip.
When I planned the trip I expected modest weather with dry roads, and what I experienced was Winter Storm Ulmer going both southery and a couple days later, northerly. The winds were gusting to 45-50+mph with numerous tornados in Arkansas as we drove thorugh it in torrential blinding downpours of windblown water. I covered 1700 miles, and at least half of it was in seriously compromised visibility due to rain and spray off the roadway from the heavy truck traffic. I spent more than a couple hours contemplating a change of plans as I drove along in the terrible weather with its associated motor vehicle risks. But did I stop? No of course not, I am an above average driver for my age.😉. Even driving after dark in farm and forested fronted road ways, did I stop? No I never REALLY felt endangered, although the reality is that I was in dramatically higher risk than I normally would have been in more favorable weather, or had I flown. The risks of driving have little to do with our skills, but a lot to the skill and attention and conditions affecting drivers around us.
As for the TV media reporting about the 737 Max 8, I decided long ago that their business plan was not to provide reliable information to viewers, but to elicit emotions and anxiety in their viewers to keep them hanging on and watching their screen. I even think the weather channel leans that way. But what do I know, I drive in the rain in the dark in gusty wind conditions, at my age.
I am interested to hear what the final determination of the cause of the terrible accidents to the two 737 Max 8 planes. Was there a defect in the performance of the airplane itself, or was some other factor at fault?
When I ride in modern aircraft I am always amazed by them, but also aware that one's life is at some small risk whenever one is off the ground. I have flown in many smaller airplanes where we had to buzz the runway to get the cows or the zebras or the goats off the runway so we could land. In Costa Rica, many years ago, there was an airframe of an unsuccessful landing in the river at the end of the runway we landed on, so.....
Motortcyclists routinely accept risks much greater than flying or even driving, don't they?