In praise of good engineering

In all this tragedy of the Asiana Airlines crash, there have been many, many, MANY analyses and fortunately not as many conjectures.

However, I’d like to mention one thing that seems to have escaped a lot of attention: Boeing’s engineering of the 777 aircraft.

Think about this for a minute: you have an aircraft full of people which (let’s just set the piloting issues aside for later) has its tail torn off and then slams into the tarmac; it pivots and skids, finally coming to rest as a mangled mess.

It is a tragedy that we lost two souls from that plane. But let me point out here that it could have been worse. Much worse.

Now take another look at the photos of the smashed hulk that was once an aircraft. And look at the number of people who walked away from it.

Just a second before you move on: think again about the number of people who escaped with their lives.

Boeing, a pat on the back to you for saving as many as you did.


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