The Sky is Falling but only in China

The Los Angeles Times published a piece that says, “Airline crash shows China safety standards have fallen, critics say.”

In the lead paragraph, the Times mentioned that China’s overall air safety record has been one of the best in the world for six years.

In China, “State media said Wednesday that the plane carrying 96 people overshot the runway on a fog-shrouded night…”

Let’s put this crash in perspective by looking at a list Wikipedia provides of accidents and incidents involving commercial aircraft around the globe.  

Remember US Airways flight 1549 on January 15, 2009, which ditched in the Hudson River with no fatalities, or Cogan Air flight 3407 on February 12 that hit a house in Clarence, New York killing all 49 passengers on board.

Then there is Southwest Airlines Flight 2294 on July 13, 2009, that made an emergency landing in Charleston, West Virginia with no injuries.

How about October 21, 2009, when the pilot of Northwest Airlines flight 188 was distracted by his personal laptop computer and missed his destination in San Diego by 150 miles.

On December 22, American Airlines flight 331 overruns the runway in Kingston, Jamaica and there are 40 injuries and no fatalities.

If you visit the List of accidents and incidents involving commercial aircraft, scroll from 2004 to 2010 to see how long that global list is.  Then there is the list of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft.

Yet a crash in China, with a great safety record for six years, has Sinophobes leaping out of their swamps shouting in morbid joy as if they are celebrating.

An excellent post on Telos does a good job explaining why so many hate China. “China-bashing is the new anti-capitalism.”

See Dragon Air

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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