Thursday, July 28, 2005

EAA deaths

Contributed by: Anonymous
Has anyone in the area paid any attention to the deaths that occur from people flying to the EAA convention, leaving the convention, or flying around during the convention? To my count, this year alone, 7 people have died (up until 7/28) and yet, we all go about our business and go to the convention and act like nothing happened. 7 people! For me, that's 7 too many.

I know that this is the biggest gathering of pilots and planes and that accidents are bound to happen with everyone so close to each other, but at what point do we say "ya know, too many people lose thier lives for this place." These are peoples lives and for officials just to say "it's bound to happen" is not an excuse anymore. These numbers add up, and after 10 years, when 80, 90, even 100 people have died, since this was posted, for this convention, you have to sit back and say, "this shouldn't be happening."

I felt I had to say something on here after looking at the Oshkosh Northwestern's website and notice that 2 out of the 3 headlines have to deal with someone dying during the convention, and the 3rd saying almost exictedly " GlobalFlyer finally arrives."

I can't think of any other convention where so many people die. Not even the NRA's, and guns kill more people than planes do. Accidents do happen, but when 7-10 happen in a 2 week span in late July, something should be done, whether is be drastic or not.

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EAA deaths
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 28 2005 @ 04:06 PM MDT
Dear anonymous:

One person dying is “too much,” however you can’t shut something down (if that’s what your suggesting,) because of accidents. If that were the case, nothing would go on.

Unfortunately, at the national convention of the Boy Scouts a couple of days ago, there were four scout leaders that were killed. You certainly wouldn’t suggest that the Boy Scouts should cancel further conventions.

People are killed on our roads every year, yet we don’t suggest people stop driving. People are killed every year in aviation related accidents, yet we don’t suggest airplanes be grounded.

NASA had deaths associated with the space shuttle. These deaths are extremely unfortunate, but NASA learned from their mistakes, and moved on. I’m sure everyone that was lost in those missions would want it that way.

The fact is that aviation is the safest way to travel. It is unfortunate that we have lost people that are arriving, participating in, or departing AirVenture, but I don’t believe any of the EAA participants would want AirVenture cancelled because of these deaths. In fact, I saw an interview with a P-51 Mustang pilot (like one of the planes that was lost,) that the gentleman that was lost would want the show to go on.

Let us also remember that AirVenture is a HUGE undertaking, and that EAA staff spends countless hours in preparation, security, and safety measures every year to prevent accidents. And I might add, very few accidents actually occur on the grounds of the EAA, which is a testament to their staff. Also remember that there have been MANY years where there haven’t been any accidents either at the EAA grounds, or with people arriving or departing from the event.

We should all pray every year that we don’t have any accidents at AirVenture, or any event for that matter, and if something should happen, we should learn why the accident happened and take measures to make sure it never happens again.


Paul Esslinger

EAA deaths
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 29 2005 @ 06:35 AM MDT
Well said, Paul. People choose to come to Oshkosh, and we should be glad for that and welcome them. Unfortunately, accidents do happen but I'd guess if you polled the people sleeping under wings of airplanes out there, about 95% would say they couldn't think of a better way to go.

EAA deaths
Authored by: Jim B. on Friday, July 29 2005 @ 07:09 AM MDT
I must admit thinking the same thing as the original poster on the crashes and deaths. How many people attend conventions and lose their lives? However, these people know the dangers and risks of their sport/hobby. I believe both Pauls are right that they wouldnt give it up for the world. The only way this becomes a big issue is if we begin to see innocent people not affiliated with EAA hurt or killed on the ground because of these crashes.

Jim B.