Sunday, April 18, 2010
“New York-to-Denver flight makes emergency landing” by the Denver Post talks about a United Airlines plane that had to make an emergency landing because of the smell of smoke in the cockpit. The plane landed safely and the 140 passengers were all put onto another plane. I wrote about this because it proves that technology isn’t perfect. We talked about the pros and cons to technology all first semester and a lot this semester. Here is one of the cons. Airplane crashes are very rare, but they do happen, and every time they do happen lots of people die. Luckily this plane landed safely. I don’t know what exactly was wrong with the plane, if anything, but they shouldn’t even have to worry about that. This kind of technology, the kind that can kill a hundred people with one mistake, needs to be perfected so that mistakes never happen. I look forward to knowing 100% that there is no chance that the plane I am in will crash. Right now when I get on a plane there is always that little bit of doubt, because there is a chance. It is a tiny percentage but there still is a percentage. Technology like that should be perfect, 100% success rate.