- Me: *watching news*
- Reporter: "Two dead, 13 injured after helicopter crashes, falls on crowded street in London during rush hour."
- Me: Oh my god how awful!
- Reporter: "The helicopter crashed just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and near the British spy agency MI6."
- Me: ...
- Me: Oh bloody hell Silva, What have you done this time?
“No matter what the agencies say, we will always be a AAA country.”—President Barack Obama • Talking about the S&P’s downgrade of the United States in a speech today. He explained that they didn’t downgrade us because they didn’t believe that we would default on our debt, but because our politics get too much in the way — and because the threat of default was used as a bargaining chip. He also talked about our real challenge — long term deficit reduction. He stuck to his guns on policies like tax cuts for the wealthy, and also said that we need to keep unemployment benefits around to keep our recovery going. However, just from this speech it’s clear that it isn’t going to be easy. It’s evident that despite the fact that Obama has good intentions, the politics simply aren’t going to change overnight. Obama also honored the troops that died in the helicopter crash over the weekend, which was well-deserved and moving. source (via • follow)
R.I.P to the 7 Marines that passed away near Yuma in a helicopter crash..
Seven U.S. Marines were killed late Wednesday when two helicopters collided during night training exercises near the border of California and Arizona, the Marine Corps said Thursday. The aircraft collided in a remote portion of the Yuma Training Range Complex.
21 Years and Counting
…21 years later…
I still remember the horrific details of the helicopter crash as if they were yesterday, but they no longer jolt me awake in the middle of every night and I find myself telling the story without tears lately.
I still react to the sound of a helicopter in the sky, but I have learned to manage the anxiety it stirs within me.
I think about the Cindy and Tom’s children, and how they have grown up the last 21 years without their parents, but I know they are healing, too.
I still feel unsafe more than I feel safe, death is omnipresent and I am hyperaware of danger, but I can at least sleep again most nights.
21 years ago I survived a fatal helicopter crash that would change who I am as a person and leave me reeling in pain for at least decade. Survivor guilt still plagues me as I think about my life today. In that split second, a switch was made and because it was, I lived and she died.
But this year is better than last year, and the year before it and I will expect next year to be even better. Another year down. 21 years and counting.
Deadly helicopter crash kills surgeon, others picking up heart transplant
- heroics On Monday morning, a Mayo Clinic surgeon and two others traveled by helicopter from Jacksonville to Gainesville, Fla. to pick up a heart transplant needed for surgery.
- tragedy The helicopter crashed before reaching its destination; the aircraft’s three passengers — a surgeon, a procurement technician, and the pilot — all died. source
» View this as a call to action. No one is entirely sure why the helicopter went down, though it was overcast as the helicopter left Jacksonville. The crash itself is still being investigated for any outlying conditions, but the engine of the helicopter might have been the cause. “We’ve seen a number of instances where that engine simply failed,” said Kansas City aviation attorney Gary Robb. The heart readied for transplant is now no longer viable. In a country where 100,000 people are on transplant lists and only 35% of the population counts themselves as potential donors, one has to wonder if more potential donors could prevent traveling such long distances in the future.
Marines killed in helicopter training at California's Camp Pendleton
- what Two military helicopters collided in midair Wednesday night. The collision, which happened during a routine training session along the Arizona-California border, killed seven U.S. Marines.
- why The investigation is still on-going, so officials have not announced the cause of the collision. The crash occurred at night with a lot of dust in the air from the aircraft, limiting visibility. source