An Egyptair flight from Paris to Cairo crashed over the Mediterranean in the early hours of this morning. The cause for the crash still remains uncertain, but we do know that Greek air traffic controllers were not able to contact the pilot in the minutes leading up to the crash, and that the pilot did not issue a distress signal before the plane disappeared over the sea.
When things like this happen, we can’t help but talk about it incessantly. What happened? Was it terrorism, or was it a technical glitch? Which would be the more “scary” explanation?* If it was technical failure, does that mean that we still have not figured out how to build planes well enough that the pilots cannot even send out a distress call and attempt a landing? That sounds like a pretty massive technical failure. On the other hand, if it was terrorism, we’re looking at a very rapid succession of successful terror attacks in Europe.
As I write this post, no one knows, and no piece of the debris was found. No explanation has been ruled out, but none has been given as a more likely explanation.
So of course, while scrolling through google for articles about what is known so far, I spot a Daily Mail headline of an article written 10 hours ago
(Note: they have since updated the title of the article, but didn’t remove the speculation)
Of course the Daily Mail would write that at this stage. Of course.
If you feel like talking about it, the comments section is open to you.
*This question is, of course, irrelevant, but one that many people resort to in these situations. Very few people really like flying in the first place, so many scrabble to find an explanation that wont turn them into a sweating mess every time they have to take a plane. In the end, when the explanation is found, we just have to live with it and try to learn how to prevent such a thing happening in the future. Right now, we just feel deeply for the people who were on board.