Flying is not inherently dangerous, but even more so than the sea, is terribly unforgiving for any measure of carelessness, incompetence or neglect. — Unknown
A well used, but nevertheless interesting quote when considered in the light of Athol Frans account of his C172 accident.
When exactly did the critical error of judgement, that started the snowball effect occur, and why?
What would we have done different?
I believe that the most important question is, how many people would be debating the issue if Athol had elected to turn right and returned to Polokwane without further incident?
How many times has our carelessness, incompetence or neglect been forgiven?
How many potentially life saving skeletons do we have in our closets?
Too many "close shaves" go unreported these days because of the sanctimonious attitude we tend to adopt with the benefit of hindsight in the comfort of our living room.