Initally, al-Qaeda considered targeting nuclear power plants on 9/11, but decided to go against it because they feared it would get too out of control. Four passenger airlines, all of which departed from airports in the northeastern United States bound for California, were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda members. One plane hit the Pentagon just outside of Washington D.C., the second plane crashed in a field in Pennslyvania, and the last two planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Within one hour and 42 minutes both 110 story towers were completely on the ground, with debris filling the air and fires starting to spread. Numerous other buildings at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan were destroyed or badly damaged.
According to a U.S Air Force webpage, approximately 2,800 Kamikaze attackers sank 34 Navy ships, damaged 368 others, killed 4,900 sailors, and left over 4,800 wounded. Any of the Japanese pilots who were in World War II made deliberate suicidal crashes into enemy targets, usually ships. The term also denotes the aircraft used in such attacks. The practice was most prevalent from the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944, to the end of the war.
According to chapter 7 “The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes” of Outliers, Gladwell opens with an account of Korean Air flight 801. The flight was taking a route from Seoul to Guam, and also the captain was an experienced captain which means that the captain had a lot of experience flying, so as he was flying there were no incidents. The flights was about to arrive at it’s destination, but the plane could not reached the airport, but instead the plane crashed into the side of a mountain and killed about 254 people on board. During the late 1990s, the Korean airline had a bad reputation which resulted from many plane crashed and criticism from the Korean president. The problems of Korean Air’s were not the results of sudden catastrophes or malfunctions; rather they are generally the products of individual errors and problems that build up on another which is individual cultural legacies.
Feng Ru was an immigrant who passed obstacles to change his and our country. It was dangerous, because, ”during one test flight Feng lost control of his airplane (not an unusual occurrence) which plunged into his workshop setting it ablaze.” This was a great risk he took and he could have died doing it. But this hadn’t been the only problem, there other obstacles too. Rebecca states,”San Francisco’s massive earthquakes and resulting fires forced him to relocate to Oakland instead, where, funded by local Chinese businessmen, Feng erected his 10 by 8 foot shack.” There were many obstacles, but Feng faced them all. His home country China now has the knowledge of aviation Although these obstacles slowed Feng Ru down, he didn’t stop in changing his country and America The three people, Melba Patillo Beals, Jackie Robinson, and Feng Ru have all faced obstacles in life such a segregation and even death.
To this date Cholera is still a global problem and causes about 130.000 deaths every year. Another major outbreak was the 1918 Spanish flu, which was extremely contagious. 500 million people all around the world were infected and 50 to 100 million of them were killed, which was about 3-5% of the world’s population. What really accelerated the spread of the disease was the fact that for a long time reports about the outbreak were withheld from the public due to military reasons connected with World War I. Interestingly, the only country where newspapers reported on the flu was Spain, which was neutral. Therefore, the impression was created that this country was the only one affected.
“All these planes and crashes keep replaying in my mind everyday, that day will always be remembered as one of the most tragic attacks on America” (“Aaron Tveit”). September 11th was a very horrific day filled with sadness and grief. Terrorism then became a main priority to keep an eye on and making sure the United States stays safe. On this very date four planes were hijacked and forced to crash in specific locations. September 11th has changed the landscape of America by improving National Security, conducting better immigration laws, and the rebuilding of the community after the whole massacre.
In minutes, half of the city was destroyed. According to U.S. estimated, 60,000 to 70,000 people were killed by the bomb, 140,000 were injured many more were made homeless as a result of the bomb and some of them were missing. A very dangerous radiation reached over 100,000 kilometers. In the blast, thousands of people died instantly. The city is completely destroyed, there are 90,000 buildings and 60,000 of them were completely destroyed by the explosion.
In the course of human events, and of human history, a lot of tragic accidents have happened and among them, the R.M.S. Titanic. The world 's largest cruise ship, at the time, took a deep plunge into the North Atlantic ocean on the night of April 15th, 1912. The horrifying event killed more than 1,500 innocent people on its maiden voyage, and only about 700 survived the wreck. The ship was going from Southampton, U.K. to New York City.
This is not a surprise considering that human beings are prone to making mistakes. Although the number of accidents caused by mechanical failure has drastically declined incidences associated with human error have continued to rise. Human error still continues to be the leading contributor of more aircraft accidents and incidents compared to any other single factor (Burke, Salas, Wightman & Wilson, 2006). Errors by the flight crew, air traffic controllers, maintenance personnel and others with a direct impact on the safety of the flight constitute human errors. The persistent occurrence of accidents caused by human error could be an indication that the interventions directed towards reducing the occurrence of mechanical failures are more effective as compared to those aimed at avoiding human errors.