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I was asked yesterday if,A�when tragic airline accidents occur, does it affect meA�more deeply since I am a Cabin Crew. A�I would say that the answer to this question is bothA�yesA�andA�no. A�Tragedy, however it happens, has this way of reminding one just how precious and fragile life truly is. A�Sad incidents have this way of making us face the reality that this moment may be the only one we have and that our tomorrows are not guaranteed. A�Loss makes us see the world and our daily routine differently. A�As an international flight attendant and a girl stuck in wanderlust, who is absolutely in love with Europe, and Lufthansa being the reason I wanted to work on long-haul flights, the devastating crash of Germanwings flight 9525, even before the reasons as to why were known, had me deeply saddened. A�These were colleagues, these were travel lovers, these were children with parents, mothers with daughters, and a young man with his lover. A�These were people that maybe if we had known them, they would have been our friends. A�It’s not too far from the truth that I could have been on that plane. A�I flew through Barcelona not more than two months ago. A�I am always on a plane, for work or for fun, and it rarely crosses my mind that the outcomes will not be safe. A�When these unfortunate events happen in aviation, it reminds me as a flight attendant that I should never take my training lightly, and that I must always be ready mentally for the unthinkable to happen.

And in this case, the flight that did not make it to Dusseldorf, the unthinkable did happen. A�How could a pilot manage to do something so terrible, especially when all of the air travelers were, and do put their complete trust in the flight deck crew andA�the cabin crew? A�On every flight, individuals believe, as they should, that the crew is trained for their safety and not for demise. A�It brings to my mind the questions that many may be asking right now of, “Can you trust your flight crew?” A�For that, I do have an answer: A�yes.

The crash of Germanwings 9525 is an extreme aberration. A�Accidents like this, although they should not be brushed aside without investigation, and acknowledged with reverence, are not a reason to be afraid of aviation and distrust the safety professionals who work and serve in the commercial airline industry.A�A�One individual does not represent the majority, and the majority of pilots and flight attendants are able to be trusted with the safety of an aircraft. A�

I am so sorry that this happened in the industry. A�Sadly, the world isn’t always safe, people in it not always good, and luck not always on your side. A�

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  • John

    Great article. Worthy of further reading. You are absolutely correct. When a bus driver decides to end it all and take his passengers with him we are shocked but can slightly empathise. But a pilot? Now that shocks us all to the core. Pilots are held in a different esteem. Keep going Kara. Love your writing, and insights. Too much!

    March 31st, 2015 10:00

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