Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Deadly Crash in the French Alps

Flight 4U 9525 crashed in the French Alps between Digne and Barcelonnette. The flight travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has no survivors. There were several Spanish citizens, Opera singers and their families, and 16 German students coming home from study abroad on the 150 passenger plane. The flight was conducted by Germanwings, which is owned by Lufthansa.

The pilot sent out no distress signal as the plane descended down to its rapid crash. Bruce Robin, a prosecutor from Marseille said, "The body of the plane is in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage.” Although the reason for the crash is unknown, officials say it is not linked to terrorism and most likely caused by mechanical errors. The pilot has worked for the airline for 10 years and has always been seen as trustworthy. Investigators are still working on piecing together more flight information from the in-flight recordings and the “black box” in the plane.

It seems as though plane crashes are popping up more frequently in the news. With this in mind, should there be more regulations to an already heavily regulated industry? Will people stop flying on airplanes in fear of a deadly crash? What would that mean for the air travel industry?


Angelia Fontanos said...

I think that the many plane crashes we see and hear about in the news will most definitely impact how consumers view flying on airplanes. Consumer demand for flying on airplanes will go down as a result of these recent crashes, which will reduce the air travel industry's profit. If demand for air travel were to go down, the air travel industry wouldn't be the only industry suffering. Tourism industries in popular tourist destinations, especially foreign destinations, would suffer from the air travel industry's loss as well, since air travel allows large amounts of consumers to go to various destinations and consume products in those destinations. The air travel industry might suffer, but other kinds of travel industries could potentially benefit from the air travel industry's loss of consumers.

Emma Wynn said...

Angelina, that is a great point. I was thinking the same thing about taste for the product being one of the determinates of demand.

Just as a quick update, the plane did not have technical errors; the co-pilot actually locked the pilot out of the cabin and deliberately crashed the plane. This seems scarier than a error with the plane because it means we may not be able to trust those who fly our planes.