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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Tuesday 9 February

Today is the fifth anniversary of my stint here in Stornoway. It is a bright day, but we already had a shower on one side of the house. Our regular ferryboat, the MV Isle of Lewis has returned from its refit. The relief boat Clansman is on its way across from Ullapool. Will see whether it will also do the afternoon / evening run; probably will.

Two years ago, a British Airways Boeing 777 crash landed at Heathrow Airport due to the formation of ice crystals in its fuel systems. Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt. The pilot, who no longer flies, tells of his experience. It was indeed miraculous that there were no casualties.

Having had pretty extensive flying experience in the past 21 months, albeit on small planes and short routes, I am of course aware of the inherent risk of flying. As I was waiting for my first flight last Tuesday, the television screen at Amsterdam Airport showed footage of plane crashes. I think I left a comment on Twitter, saying that is not something I prefer to watch while waiting for a flight. However, back in 1987, the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry sank at Zeebrugge. A few months later, I was due to cross the North Sea on another ferry service, and people asked me if I wasn't scared to sail. No. If anything happens, it will, and it is safer to take a ferry, or take a plane, than it is to cross the road or drive a car.

More later.


  1. I think the same we are as safe as we are meant to be. No matter if it's in the air or sea or land...

  2. It was indeed a miracle no one was badly injured in the plane that crashed ~ the Pilot did so well to Land it how he did ~ Ally x

  3. Doesn't those TV footages of airplane crashes make you wonder if they want passengers to fly at all?
    Not the most confidence building sights to watch if you are a nervous flyer.
    I agree with... if your numbers up your number is up.

  4. p.s. Guido...Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary.