Date: Sun, 22 Feb 87 02:46:52 pst
Subject: Re: TV-program on PBS: NOVA - Why Planes Crash
> ...leaving even my elderly parents wondering: if the microburst was
> so severe as to be unflyable (according to NCAR's McCarthy), and if
> its potential presence was not reported by the only people who could
> have known about it, how could it be the pilots' fault? ...
They flew into/under what they clearly saw to be a violent thunderstorm.
There are few worse sins in flying. Their only excuse was the the planes
ahead of them had gotten away with it -- an attitude that has been loudly
criticized in other contexts, e.g. the Challenger disaster.
Henry Spencer @ U of Toronto Zoology