Anorak | TransAsia ATR 72-600 death toll is a sign of God’s love, miracles and destiny

TransAsia ATR 72-600 death toll is a sign of God’s love, miracles and destiny

by | 5th, February 2015

When a passenger plane crashes anywhere in the world the news is delivered in facts: flight number; number of passengers; the dead; the survivors; and departure time.

Soon after the talk turns to the black box flight recorder. Will it tell us what really happened?

And so it is for TransAsia ATR 72-600, which yesterday crashed shortly after take-off from Songshan airport in northern Taipei, striking an elevated road as it banked sidelong towards the Keelung River.

It was captured on camera.

So much for the facts. What about the stories?

The Toronto Sun makes it sound like a moment of childlike joy:

At least 23 dead as Taiwan plane cartwheels into river after take-off 134

A cartwheel, like happy children perform in the playground?

The Daily Mirror leads with the accident.



The paper see the grace of God in the debris and the dead. It sees a miracle. The taxi driver motoring along a clear road is not the victim of a freak moment of chance. He is not now a nervous wreck. He is not desperately unlucky. He is the miraculous survivor. He is a sign of God’s love.

The Guardian looks for a hero.

Taiwan air crash pilot hailed a hero for steering doomed flight away from skyscrapers

The Telegraph spots more than one:

Pilots of crashed TransAsia flight hailed as heroes

So much for the miracle. This was human intervention.

Liao Jiangzhong and Liu Zizhong, the pilot and his co-pilot, both died.

The Telegraph hears the men praised:

“They did their best to stop the flight crashing into buildings,” said Wang Shangzhi, a commentator in China, from where 31 of the passengers came.

“They decided to let the plane crashed into the river, which was extremely brave,” Mr Wang added, according to the Apple Daily newspaper. “We should pray for them sincerely.”


The Guardian writes:

“Based on the flight path, the pilot deviated and tried to avoid obstacles. The pilot apparently made a conscious effort to avoid further and unnecessary casualties by ditching in the river. It was a very courageous move,” Hong Kong-based aviation analyst Daniel Tsang told AFP.

Apparently. But we don’t know

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