June 2, 2009
Posted: 1415 GMT

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Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish.   June 2nd, 2009 2:49 pm ET

No, I am not at all afraid to fly. Because the number of flights that goes to aviation than the number of the plane crashes are far far bigger.So, the air France 447 disaster is only an exception. But an exception cannot be a good example.

Dmytro Maruchok   June 2nd, 2009 2:57 pm ET

in 1996 I had a flight from Atlanta to Zurich. There was a turbulence – overhead bins opened and some stuff dropped out. 🙂 The flight ended successfully. In 2005 I had a flight from Washington to Atlanta. Pilot said – it's a storm over there and we cannot land. In 5 minutes he said – we have a window in the storm sky. That was the fastest landing ... Read Morein my life. We landed at the Hartsfield airport and right after that it was closed for 3 days. Third time was the flight from Frankfurt to Washington. When we were above the New York we started to make circles. 2-3-4-5-6... All that was on the map on the screen... Pilot said – we are doing this because of the storm above the Washington... After about an hour of circles pilot said – we are going to land in New York as we are out of fuel now. :)))) We landed, refueled, and after 2 hours more left for DC. In 1.5 hour we landed in Dulles International. So – still, despite the such huge crashes the air flight is the safest way to travel, not the cars

Panos Peristeris   June 2nd, 2009 3:19 pm ET

Air travelling still is the safety way of mass transportation. What we should be concerned after finding the wreckage and the bodies of those lost, is to learn from this accident and thus make even safer air transportation and prevent future events. My sympathies to those lost their lives and their families.

Panos Peristeris, Athens Greece

senhorzen   June 2nd, 2009 4:12 pm ET

No, I'm not afraid att all. Things like that happens. It's not good, but everyday life has it own risks every minute – Raphael Martinus from The Netherlands.

Peter Philips   June 2nd, 2009 4:17 pm ET

I fly about 8 times a year between Melbourne, Australia and Bali Indonesia on a Garuda Indonesian Airlines Airbus A330 300 series, and those are over 10 years old, even though to date they have been so smooth, however yes I'm a little concerned, but i'm still travelling back to Bali in on one in 2 days.

Peter Philips
Melbourne Australia

Luciano Dutra   June 2nd, 2009 4:17 pm ET

I have a 12-hour + flight from Heathrow to São Paulo tomorrow, a route I have already travelled a dozen times. I guess it is statistically less problable that two fatal crashes happen the same week at the same route so in fact I´m felling safer than I would two days ago. I am of course very sorry for all those people, the majority of which where from my native Brazil. It was chilling to wake up this morning in Oslo with news of debris been observed along the Brazilian coast. It sounded to me lie almost a confirmation that no one could be alive out there, around 40 hours after the disappearence of this beautiful Airbus aircraft. (Sorry for my terrible English)

Marcus   June 2nd, 2009 4:27 pm ET

Flying is one of my greatest fear. While statisitcal confirms that rate of car accident is much higher than air accident, does not bring down that level of fear. I travel (by air) on average once to twice a month, for purpose of work. And the work situation doesn't come with an option to cut down on the amount of flying. It is like the piece of bread is on the table and you either take it or leave it – an option accoridng to some people. Even though you know clearly the sort of risk you are being exposed to, you are not given an option to avoid it – life is mean and cruel!

Vladimir FIlakovac   June 2nd, 2009 5:11 pm ET

Am I more affraid of driving each time I hear of a car crash? Yes, because they happen so often. I am not more affraid of plane crashes because they still happen, thankfully, less often.

Rabia Mohammed   June 2nd, 2009 5:46 pm ET

The safest means of transport.....I'm not afraid to travel by air..I'll be travelling from London toTrinidad it!!

Rabia Mohammed   June 2nd, 2009 5:49 pm ET

The safest means of transport as far as I'm concerned.

Ahmad Obeidat   June 2nd, 2009 7:14 pm ET

I Live in Germany , i always fly to my home country Jordan with Air France and i will keep fly with them what ever happend . so I'm not afraid at all .....

Dumitrita Butnariu   June 2nd, 2009 7:30 pm ET

I am afraid to fly but my fear comes actually from the aftermath of a possible plane crash. We have the proof of the ongoing 447 flight rescue operations which are not as easy as in the case of a car accident on the highway for example.

Edwin   June 2nd, 2009 8:30 pm ET

I still believe that traveling by plane is the safest way to go. However there are always risks and accidents that could result in such disasters like air France 447. In about 4 months I will be getting on an Air France plane flying out Budapest to Paris and from Paris to Bogota – Colombia. The flight is about 17 hrs cruising over the Atlantic. Am I afraid? no I am not. Traveling by plane is safe!! Love it.

Julie   June 3rd, 2009 4:03 am ET

Still flying – afraid or not. But this hits me even harder because I'm constantly flying long distances. Including this Rio-Paris route on Air France. And besides, that period of flight is known to be the safest one. And Airbus 330 used to have an excellent flight record. So... what happened?? Another reason to recover the black boxes.

Danilo Reis   June 3rd, 2009 7:51 pm ET

No, I’m not afraid at all, because it's not happen often

Akachukwu   June 5th, 2009 3:01 pm ET

Aviation has made giant strides since the wright brothers...but i guess over confidence in our wise-crafts has made us to forget that no safety investment is too much for any tin-can worth over a $100 million dollars!

We've sent man to the moon, sent probes into deep space, and recently sent robotic vehicles to the red planet and watched it all from dear earth! Space is the most uncharted part of the universe known to man but yet we have ventured out there...daring the risk

My challenge to the science community, military equipment makers, oceanographers, the Navy etc is to do whatever it takes and find this plane. They may not be found alive but at least we will have closure to the incident.

emmy   June 6th, 2009 7:04 pm ET

Logic tells us that a commercial airliner is one of safest places you can be! Nevertheless, I stopped flying because of the inane superstitious obsession with airplanes that developed in the United States after 9/11, when national security somehow became conflated with airline passenger safety, as if making it perfectly safe to fly in a plane would somehow magically make the country safe. Back when I still flew, I had one of my most embarrassing moments as an American traveler when, in a crowded New Zealand airport, they continuously ran an announcement that said, with a bit of a sigh: "Americans! Please DO NOT REMOVE YOUR SHOES before going through security!", as if they were reprimanding a disobedient 3-year-old. Now, on top of this bizarre, misplaced government obsession, add the American airline companies' increasing contempt for their customers, and I'm very happy to bear the (much higher) risk associated with driving.

rami abu zaid   June 6th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

We are so afraid to fly with this aircraft ,this crash is very strange that we used to here that the 10 minutes before the death will be the ten minutes before landing and the 10 minutes before take off not after 4 hours of flight?What is a strange reason for this missing crash?

rami abu zaid   June 6th, 2009 7:47 pm ET

We are so afraid to fly with this aircraft ,this crash is very strange that we used to here that the 10 minutes before the death will be the ten minutes before landing and the 10 minutes AFTER take off not after 4 hours of flight?What is a strange reason for this missing crash?

Z Tchad   June 8th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

It is hard to imagine that in 2009 a rescue operation may take so long to arrive on the spot of the crash. We are supposed to be using the newest technology in all aspects. It is sad to speculate that there is still a long way to go, as far as technology is concerned. I personally thought that within 24 hours the operation crew would be on sight because I had the perception that we are living in a sophisticated world. The Airbus 330 took the passengers for a test drive. It seems that we cannot rely even on the latest invention ( the four year old airbus 330). I am really troubled by this accident, and every moment I just kept on imagining the terrible situation of the passengers onboard, before they breathed their last air. Why God is so cruel? I am an Air France frequent flyer myself, and had been in a terrible car crash before. I experienced death from very close. I pray for all the souls to rest in peace.

lorez   June 10th, 2009 3:38 pm ET

I do no longer have faith to technology now.

Arthur   June 11th, 2009 11:44 am ET

About muslim world,they should understand what peace means,i think they dont know what they are doing,in Lebanon,there is a group called hezbollah,well armed more than lebanese army,in Palestenian is the same Hamas is another thing that dont listen to goverment but wants the goverment to do their wish,the shuold think,

Anica Jordaan (South Africa)   June 12th, 2009 8:29 am ET

We fly once a year, and I am always afraid to fly.....but if I have to go this way it is meant to be, .......RIP flight 447 ......we all have to die somehow, and we all hope for dying gracefully , (natural causes) if I can say that not like this...with technology should think it does not happen with those countries........

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