Aaliyah, Alan Kulwiki, Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones, JFK Jr., Jim Croce, John Denver, Otis Redding, Patsy Cline, Payne Stewart, Peter Tomarken, Randy Rhodes, Ricky Nelson, Ritchie Valens, Rocky Marciano, Star Wars, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Thurman Munson
I used to have a really hard time with just the thought of flying. I didn’t go places for the longest time because I’d have to fly to many of them. I’m not really sure what happened but that turned around and I now say that I would rather fly and be done with it than drive because I really don’t like driving long distance. Driving or riding. Really, really dislike it.
That being said, I have no need, want, desire or intention to fly in single engine or small, personal planes. I can get sick to my stomach just thinking about it. There’s just no reason short of an emergency that I can think of that would make me want to get on one.
Then I think of the celebs that have private pilot’s licenses and those that have been in accidents and those we’ve lost, whether they were flying the plane or not. JFK, Jr. Rocky Marciano, Patsy Cline, Jim Croce, Thurman Munson, Randy Rhodes, Otis Redding, Ricky Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn (helicopter, but still), Alan Kulwicki, John Denver, Payne Stewart, Aaliyah, Peter Tomarken, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, probably more musicians/actors and a plethora of politicians, business people and what have you.
There are plenty who have been in accidents and survived, which brings me to the true subject of this post: Harrison Ford. Ford, according to news articles and reports was flying a WW2-era, two-seat, trainer when he probably had some engine problems and crashed the craft at a Californian golf course community. Initial reports that I saw stated that Ford was in critical condition but later reports, from several sources said that he was in fair to moderate condition, quoting his son, Ben.
I’m glad he’s okay. The point wasn’t so much as a “they shouldn’t be in single engine/prop (not in propeller, but gimmicky things) type planes” as much as it was a “how lucky we are that we didn’t lose another celeb” type thing. Also, it’s not a “celebs” are more important thing because I know that everyday people are unfortunately killed in accidents like that all the time. The bottom line is, things can happen in the blink of an eye and no matter what good is going on it can go bad in a snap.
And you know, this wasn’t even his first brush with death in an aircraft of some kind. He had a helicopter accident in 1999. Freaky deaky, man. All that just makes me less likely to ride in a small plane. Even enjoying flying, I don’t like the puddle jumpers, either. But, it seems he likes it. Here’s to you, Han.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Uh, everything’s under control. Situation normal.” – Han Solo, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope