Thursday, August 26, 2004

Would It Help If We Drew You a Picture?

Let me see if I understand this correctly: Two Russian airliners taking off from the same terminal crashed within four minutes of each other 450 miles apart, a hijack alarm was activated by one of the planes, and it all happened days before the contentious Chechen elections. But Russian officials are still scratching their heads over what might have caused the twin tragedies.

According to the New York Times:
The breadth of [the Russian authorities' possible-cause] list underscored that no clear causes had emerged, leaving open the possibility that the crashes had been an awful coincidence - a case of two jetliners leaving the same terminal at Domodedovo International Airport and having catastrophic accidents minutes apart.
I can see how that would be plausible, since there are something like 430 million annual commercial airline flights worldwide, and a couple of dozen of them crash every year. When one in ten million flights crash, its inevitable that you'd get a couple of them clustered together at the same location within the same four minutes of each other.

According the the AP:
But despite the timing and circumstances of the crashes, officials say no firm evidence of terrorism has yet been found in the planes’ charred wreckage and they’re looking into the possibilities of poor fuel and human error.
"Firm evidence" being a box of business cards from Terrorists R Us, evidently.

No comments: