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For pilots, flying, not a distress call, is the priority

Another commercial plane crash, this one in the Alps, has people all over the world glued to the Internet. The Airbus 320 was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it apparently lost altitude and then contact with French air traffic controllers. According to the airline, 150 people -- passengers and crew -- were on board. Recovery teams have reached the crash site and say that no one could have survived.

The man responsible for 'The Day the Music Died' may get a break p3

Without going through a formal statistical analysis we cannot be certain, but it seems there have been an unusual number of train accidents lately. Cars stalled on tracks or straddling the tracks accidentally and trucks carrying oversized loads -- is this a real trend, or is it just that the two crashes in February triggered a newsroom feeding frenzy with every train-motor vehicle accident?

The man responsible for 'The Day the Music Died' may get a break p2

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Glenn Miller, John Denver -- the musicians and singers who have died in airplane crashes are a diverse group. The accidents themselves illustrate a number of risks associated with general aviation flights. They also have an important thing in common: Pilot error, investigators concluded, was responsible for the crashes.

The man responsible for 'The Day the Music Died' may get a break

What is it about celebrities and airplane crashes? There is something strangely compelling about the stories of singers, actors, even politicians killed in plane crashes, a friend of ours explains. She recently spent more than an hour at the website looking at the lists of strange and unusual accidents and accidents that killed famous people.

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