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Despite plane crashes, flying remains safest mode of travel - 4 days ago, 23:17

Patrick Mbataru

Inside a jet 10,000 feet above the ground, one gets this feeling of immortality.

Yet with Sunday’s plane crash in Ethiopia, which killed 157 people, air safety comes into question and assuring confidence in flying is vital, more so as Kenyans increasingly opt to fly.

Aeroplane disasters stir great attention. First, air transport is the most important innovation after fire and the wheel.

It was the ultimate realisation of a human being’s inherent quest to transcend mental and physical horizons by flying like birds, conquering oceans, continents and now galaxies. It reaffirmed the strength of the mind.

DISASTERS

Before flying, societies could only express this desire in fables such as the Khoi Khoi’s flying gnomes or the Greek fable of Daedalus and Icarus. So, any air disaster challenges a very sublime human realisation.

In the Greek myth, father and son fabricated wings from feathers, which they used to fly out of a prison (the ...
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