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A couple "guilty pleasure" books you might find interesting are Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Pier Pauls Read about the plane crash that killed among others 11 players from a Uruguayan rugby team and the gruesome aftermath of those that survived. Also, Freefall, by William Hoffer which is "a detailed accounting of an Air Canada flight which in 1983 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet over Middle of Nowhere, Manitoba." The plane basically became a glider at that point.
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Years ago, when a soccer team was wiped out, there was an article in the NY Times explaining what each North American league's plan is in such a situation.
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Tremendous book. Overwhwelmingly absorbing. Read it in 1975 and still have it. Had a very lasting affect on me.
Saw the movie as Puckdrop also did. No comparison to the book, in my opinion.
With respect to the Gimli Glider, the problem was in a conversion from Imperial measurement to Metric measurement (as the result of a malfunctioning fuel guage as I recall) that Canada was going through in the early '80's. Luckily, (to understate it), the pilot had had extensive glider experience and chose (he had no other choice) to land at the abandoned airfireld in Gimli (an hour north of Winnipeg) because it was the only reachable option. But the runway and field was being used that Sunday afternoon (as I believe it was) for a gathering of friends and families for some car racing...lots of people including kids...like a picnic/camping/recreational event all wrapped into one.
As the plane was approaching no one knew that it was going to land...how could they?...why would they think that?...it was an abandoned airfield. Once they realized that their assumptions were wrong panic set it in and people scattered for their lives. As I recall there were two kids on the runway as the plane was touching down. No one was hurt. Pilot was a hero. There are no coincidences.
The incident was featured on an episode of MayDay in Canada years ago. Spellbinding.
Here's a version with the ugliness of politics thrown in afterwards, finger pointing and all...
And regarding the Donner Party...saw a 2 or 3 hour documentary on it decades ago...absolutely riveting. Both it and Alive laid bare the human condition stripped clean of props, societal expectations and a lot of the BS of everyday life. Should be required reading/viewing for PCer's and those concerned about imagined micro aggression for a good dose of reality.
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This tragedy has had a serious effect across the country, as one would expect, but as the second article indicates, across the planet as well...
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I've always found it difficult to understand how many parents are able to speak publicly about the death of their child so soon after their loss occurs. Maybe it's somewhat cathartic while the shock still provides a virtually impenetrable protective veil.
This father has my respect:
Check this out: https://www.bardown.com/humboldt-bro...time-1.1053151
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yes, it is nice Canadians are ponying up, sure would have been nice if they had done the same for the girl hurt in the exhibition during intermission of the NHL outdoor game a couple years back, last I heard only the Bruins did, but not the league
Israel depends on a wall for their security, and it is doing the job. Democrazies need to explain why one wouldn't work for the USA. Baring that, build a wall Mr. Trump, so big the Chineeze have to rename theirs.
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Intersecting highways with a 100km/hr speed limit (traffic probably goes 109 minimum, more likely 115 and some jerks faster than that), and it is controlled by a stop sign. Iím not saying itís wrong, but Iím saying you donít experience that everywhere (and thatís what I interpreted the poster saying as well).
I am glad there has been a response from the hockey community with the donations, it really is incredible. Obviously, this accident touched a nerve with people around the world. I have no doubt the people of Saskatchewan will support those affected in every way they can.
I agree with you on this Lindsay. Speed limits on these roads are often way too high, in my opinion. In Ontario, these types of roads have an 80 k speed limit. In Alberta, and SK it is often 100, and that's too fast, especially for trucks hauling heavy loads and intersecting with other similar type of roads. There are many things that factor in to this sad situation, including time of day, sunset, trees, small stop sign, etc, etc. The reconstruction teams are actively investigating but in the meantime, all of Canada is rallying to support these families and players. It all be a long and painful journey and anything we can do to help, we will.
I wonder if the truck driver will ever have a peaceful night's sleep for the rest of his life.
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