interesting, anecdotal, FWIW, aviation glitch "statistic"greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
---just asked my girlfriend about flight accidents and glitches. She was a flight attendant for EIGHTEEN YEARS. That's a LOT of flying. Her answer, in eighteen years of flying, had to make an unscheduled landing from a glitch TWICE, as in TWO TIMES. That's a nice layman ballbark "statistic" to chew on.
-- zog (email@example.com), February 09, 2000
Jestadumb suggests it was a weak jackscrew that caused the AA 261 MD- 80 crash. Did your girlfriend ever encounter any weak jackscrews in the last 18 years of flyin'?
-- Squirrel Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 09, 2000.
--I have three "no doubts"
1- I have NO DOUBT that planes, being mechanical, suffer all sorts of mechanical problems
2- I have NO DOUBT that there are reasons for the latest buncha crashes and glitches
3- I have NO DOUBT that there's y2k problems mixed in here someplace, not only the planes, ALL this stuff we're seing happening now
---squirrel-asked her, no weak screws from anyone named jack.....sorry, couldn't resist, I have zero "being fed a straight line" joke tolerance
-- zog (email@example.com), February 09, 2000.