September 1999 Issue

The JFK Aftermath

Fly in weather or don’t, but make peace with yourself and let’s move on

I suspect many pilots spent the weekend of July 17th the same way I did: Alternately fielding puzzled questions from friends about the John F. Kennedy Jr. crash and being irritated beyond description by round-the-clock news coverage of the incident, much of it depressingly incompetent.

When the local news outlet wanted answers now, a pimply faced 300-hour CFI is suddenly transformed into an on-camera authority and those of us with the restraint to keep our traps shut while the NTSB does its duty can only grimace at the results.

At a dinner party that weekend, I was asked by a friend “You wouldn’t do that, would you?” as if “that” was as plain as the nose on my face, even as the Coast G...

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