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    • Today, almost 200 people are likely to have perished in a major aviation catastrophe, and I can't even imagine the agony the passengers' and crew members' families and friends must be going through.

      Aviation disasters are not common, considering how many planes take to the skies on a daily basis, but when disaster strikes, the results can be devastating. Dozens of lives can be lost in just a split second.

      Death often comes without warning. If there's any lesson to be learnt from this tragedy, it's that. Road accidents, terrorist attacks, poor health, old age, death can come at any time, from any direction.

      Drive safe. Let me know when you get there.

      My mum never fails to recite these words whenever somebody is about to leave the house. She says it every time, and I admit, I tend to take her well wishes for granted sometimes. Today's events have reminded me just how fragile human life really is. We should appreciate it before it's gone. Appreciate our loved ones, because once they're gone, they can't come back.

    • I'm so sorry, Jazli. It sounds like your mom gives great advice.

      It's astonishing to me that we've made air travel as safe as we have. Each time I think about how fragile those aluminum tubes are, filled with so much fuel, flying so many miles, so many times per day, in all kinds of treacherous conditions, with such complicated boggles my mind. I don't know how they do it.

    • Ha! I just meant that I'm sorry for the tragedy in Indonesia. I used to fly into Jakarta, btw, and those runways were so rough at the time I didn't know how the planes held together.

    • I've read that Indonesian airlines tend to have poor safety records. This looks like it could've been caused by some negligence on the airlines engineering crew who checked the plane prior to take off. The pilot supposedly requested to turn back immediately after take off. Sadly he didn't make it in time.

    • Speaking of poor safety records, I was reading a fascinating article about what we may achieve with self-driving cars and safety. The article cites some incredible stats:

      Globally, it’s estimated that as many as 50 million people are injured annually in traffic accidents; another 1.3 million die. That’s the equivalent of seven fully-loaded 747s going down every single day, Barber notes. “We would obviously never accept this outcome when it comes to air transportation,” he says, “and we shouldn’t have to accept it with respect to ground transportation either.”

      They claim 94% of those accidents are from driver error.