Passengers weigh in on flight safety

By Nadia Trinidad, ABS CBN North America Bureau Chief

July 8, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO– It’s that rare chance you don’t want to get. A statistics professor at MIT has calculated that in the last five years, the risk of death of one’s next flight in the US is one in 45 million.

On Saturday, Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul crashed at the San Francisco International Airport. Of the 307 on board, more than a hundred 60 were injured and two died.
The San Mateo County coroner still investigating whether one actually survived but got run over by a rescue fire truck that rushed to aid victims fleeing from the buring aircraft.

The National Transportation Board Safety Board said the Boeing 777 jet came in too slow and was flying too low to set down safely. Asiana Airlines later said the pilot in charge of landing the plane was in training.

Kang Kok Lee has been a pilot with Asiana for 19 years and has logged more than 9 thousand flying hours.
But this is the first time he is landing a B 777 in SFO– a jet he has flown for only 43 hours.

Passengers taking the same jet on an Asiana flight to Manila today said Saturday’s tragedy has left them shaken. But they will take this flight anyway, as it would be more expensive to change travel plans at this point.

“It’s really scary. But what can I do? I also look forward to coming home,” Jun Boloico, who was traveling to Cebu said, “I’ll just leave it all up to God.”

For now they say they’ll just have to take their chances, counting on the often repeated mantra that flying — despite all the stunning images witnessed over the weekend — is still the safest form of transportation.

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