Many years ago I wrote a list on my blog about my biggest fears in life.
A list that covered the things that scare the living daylights out of me…
The one fear of all fears happened to 228 people yesterday. You know, the Air France flight en route to Paris from Rio.
As I write this (Monday afternoon), the crash is still a mystery. Nobody seems to know anything about what went wrong.
MY biggest fear is to crash and die in an airplane.
I have no real fear of flying, but every time I board I flight, thousands of thoughts go thru my head. What if that?? What if this???
Since I am a frequent flyer myself, I cannot help but wonder;
What happened to that plane?
How bad was the turbulence?
Did the passengers know they were going to crash? Or, did they just think it was “regular turbulence”?
Can turbulence really sink a plane that is up on cruising altitude?
Can lightning strike a plane THAT bad?
How come the pilot could not avoid the thunderstorm?
I have been flying thru scary ass turbulence many times over the years. Once I was on a flight between Washington and London and it was turbulent almost the entire way. We got our dinner served after five hours, almost when it was time to land.
We were instructed to stay in our seats during almost the full duration of the flight, even the flight attendants were strapped in.
Scary flight! Luckily I was flying with a Swedish friend that time, so I felt less alone. Karolina was two years old and she slept like a log, thank God!
But Monika and I sat and held each other’s hands hour after hour after hour. Yes, we were scared, but we were not super scared.
Another time I was flying Icelandair from Baltimore to Reykjarvik in Iceland. The plane was behaving like a crazy bull the entire trip, and when we got closer to Iceland the captain came over the PA telling us that the winds were too violent over Iceland so we could not land there, instead we were re-directed to Scotland and then over to London. AWFUL! Karolina was 1½ years old then. She sat in my lap during that flight. She did not have her own seat. Yes, I was scared…SO scared!! My parents were scared, too. Icelandair did not know where the plane was when my parents called them with their worries. They could not locate it.
Nowadays when I fly and we get hit by turbulence while on cruising altitude, I almost never get scared. Is it time to start freaking now?
I just want some answers. WE all want some answers.
Just the thought of being on a plane in less than four weeks is anything but appealing right now. If I had the option of taking a boat I would do so, or a train. But, there are no such options.
I’ll fly, and I hope for the best….What else can you do?
But this time I think I will be a little more freaked out than I usually am.
My heart goes out to all the victims’ families and loved ones. GOSH how hard it must be for them to deal with something like this.
My thoughts go to the passengers on the flight. I hope all went fast, so fast so they never knew what happened to them …
Plane crashes, one of my biggest fears in life.
Just like cancer, to lose a loved one and to lose my “life as I know it”.
I hope we’ll get more answers today…