Tuesday, June 28, 2005


This post will chronicle the crashes of aircraft. I will update it as I learn of crashes, and will try to provide links for articles discussing the circumstances of the crashes.


At 12:02 PM, Blogger GS Craig said...

On July 1, 2005 my husband, Tom Craig, was on Continental flight 744 in seat 17F. The plane departed IAH, terminal C bound for Cleveland. Shortly into the flight he was witness to the engine smoking and catching fire. He could clearly see major vibrations, smoke, fireballs and flames.
There are not words to describe the fright he felt at this apparent emergency, indeed, he was so distraught that fear turned time to an illusion and seemed to stop altogether. Other passengers on the flight were also frightened but it was my husband who could actually see the events happening from his window in seat 17F.
After the "emergency landing" the passengers had to endure an excruciating wait to evacuate the aircraft. Why is that? There were people crying onboard, there were children unaccompanied by their parents, there were people praying and there was my husband. I want a clear, concise and logical answer as to why they were made to wait for evacuation.
As an insult to injury he was given a mere "inconvenience packet" with a food voucher and a five minute phone card. He was left to wander the terminal for four hours while he waited for a flight that would bring him home.
I was on the cell phone with him during this time. His breathing was uneven, his voice was shaking. He was clearly in shock yet no employee of Continental Airlines nor airport official saw any reason to sequester the passengers from flight 744 to monitor their physical or mental health. This is outrageous and my outrage demands an explanation from Continental and IAH about this apparent disregard for the individuals who had to go through such a frightening experience. It is no small incident when an engine catches on fire, the aircraft makes an emergency landing and the tires explode on impact.
Five days after the incident he is still suffering the mental effects of the fear of death. He has seen a psychiatrist and has been placed on medication for anxiety. This is a man who has far exceeded the million mile mark for flying on aircraft as a passenger yet this episode has left the shadow of fear on his mind.
It is equally outrageous that Continental has downplayed the incident. They would not admit that the engine was on fire when, in fact, my husband could clearly see the fireballs and flames. The female passenger seated directly in front of my husband said that she saw something impact the aircraft prior to the engine fire. Also puzzling is why the FAA or NTSB has not made contact to interview him as it is clear that seat 17F was the window seat above the engine that caught fire. It would seem to me that it would be in their best interest for the investigation to speak to eye witnesses.

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