I know we all think that flying is safe. Just buy ticket, enter plane, chop small snack, listen to the ipod, and land safely. But as of late that has not really been the case. In the last 6 months I can remember 3 different issues concerning US airplanes that have gone down and have proved fatal for all those on board except the miracle on the Hudson (which is a story of its own … Praise the Lord). We hear these things but we just brush them off to the side and keep flying but when a plane crashes in Nigeria we become outraged and annoyed at the Aviation department for allowing shady planes to fly in our air space.
When we enter Naija for Xmas we brave the six hour car ride or bus ride home (depending on how much money you get) just to avoid flying. We complain about flying and our friends ask why not just fly you reply Lia lia “a whole me flying in Nigeria, you will never catch me on a Nigerian flight”. Why is that? Is it because we have heard of horror stories of people flying in Nigeria? I have heard the same horror stories such as the plane shaking, smoke coming from engine and so on … If my memory serves me right there has not been a plane crash in Nigeria almost 3 years. The last one dates back to October 2006. That crash killed 100 people and the one prior eighty people.
In the United alone flying has not been such a safe bet. The Buffalo crash killed 49 people on board and the recent Air France (Delta) tragedy killed over 220 people. Why are people not upset at the United States/French Aviation Department? Where is the public outcry that we would scream if it was a Nigeria plane? The Buffalo flight crashed because of human error not because of any natural disaster. Is there a double standard here? So it looks like in the past two years that flying in Nigeria seems like a safer bet. So when I enter Naija this Christmas I will for sure be flying one of the Arik Airways flights … Lia Lia … LOL.
Funny enough I am due to fly this weekend …. Maybe I should drive. Nope! God has got my back