In Memory of AirAsia QZ8501: Should We All Still Flying?

The crash of AirAsia flight QZ8501 has put a dent on the new year celebration. I’m glad that they have found the debris and start identifying the victim, but at the same time, saddened by the fact that many life have lost.

The plane that crash © leonardo kosasih

In the wake of the crash, many friends told me that the accident has made them scared to fly. Others asked me, whether it is still safe to fly in with AirAsia. These two question always bog me each time there are airplane accident. So, here is my thought.

I consider myself as avid traveller. I usually go on holiday 3-4 times a year, plus sometimes 1-2 business travel. For most of the time, I took the Low Cost Carrier, including AirAsia. In fact, one day before Adam Air’s accident in Mamuju, Sulawesi, I just took Adam Air’s flight from Bali to Jakarta.

Am I scared with these accident. Yes, I am. But the thought of not travelling by air make me even scared. It practically stops you from travelling, unless you want to spend weeks travelling by car or ships. It will make life dull, and for me, it is the same as taking some part of my life.

This is what I believe: each of us has a finite time in this world, and it has been set in stone by higher force above us. When our time come, no matter where you are, or what you are doing, flying in business class of safest airlines, in economy class of Low Cost Carrier, or sleeping on our comfy bed in our bedroom, we are dead.

If you still remember the crash of Mandala Airlines in Medan, North Sumatra, a couple of years back, the place crash on housing area. Imagine an airplane crash through your roof on your bed, early in the morning, while you are sleeping. Both those who was in the plane and sleeping on their bed is dead.

Or, the recent landslide in Banjarnegara, Central Java. There are not even an airport nearby. Yet, a landslide crush through your roof into their bedroom. It crush while they were sleeping in their bedroom, and kill them.

I can go on and on, such as Asian Tsunami in 2004. The point is that, there are really 100% safe place in this world. With this in mind, I think I’m going to still travelling by air. I can only prepare myself and loved one before I travel, should I die during the trip. In fact, I would recommend the same anyway even if you are only doing your normal commute. Who knows when your time come?

And to the second question: Should we fly with AirAsia in the future? Well, if you prefer another airlines, then go for it. But keep in mind that all airplane in the world is still designed by human, made by human, and flown by human pilot. Human made mistake, sometimes minor, and rarely fatal. So, no matter which airlines you pick, there are still risk involved.

So far AirAsia have a good track record. This is their first airplane lost since their existence. AirAsia’s airplane is quite new, and it’s schedule is pretty much on time. And their promotion price are hard to beat. So, yes, I’m still going to fly AirAsia. This accident is probably a human error, or act of God. The first one can happen with any human pilot flying for any airlines, and the second one is even harder to avoid.

Bottom line is, life or death are for most of the time beyond our control. Lets be prepared to face death, and while you still alive, lets make it more livable by traveling and see the world

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