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Notes In Passing

I’ve had a bit of writer’s block the past couple of weeks. Well, actually, it’s been more of a time block than anything. Holidays, relatives, shopping, visiting. All kinds of time constraints. I never realize just how much time this blog consumes until other things pop up and eat that time, and my internet surfing and story research time shrinks to nearly nothing.

I just saw the news, probably 14 hours old, that former NY governor Mario Cuomo has died. He was 82. He was very much a Liberal’s Liberal.

I just saw the news that bodies are being recovered from lost AirAsia flight 8501, some of them still strapped into their seats. I don’t think the black boxes have been found yet, but if Search & Rescue is finding bodies and wreckage, perhaps it’s only a matter of time. Right now the theory is that the plane stalled trying to climb out of a thunderstorm, but with those storms you always have to remember the intense updrafts and downdrafts. We can build the most wonderful airplanes ever, but nothing can outfox Mother Nature. Say a prayer for all these poor lost souls.

After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Friday, more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea so far. An Indonesian navy official said some of the dead were still strapped to their seats.

Of the 30 corpses recovered in total, 21 were found on Friday, many of them by a U.S. Navy ship, according to officials.

The Airbus A320 carrying 162 passengers and crew went down Sunday, halfway into a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, to Singapore. Minutes before losing contact, the pilot told air-traffic control he was approaching threatening clouds, but was denied permission to climb to a higher altitude because of heavy air traffic.

It remains unclear what caused it to plunge into the sea, but CBS News’ Allen Pizzey reports that investigators are working on the principal that the pilots attempted a steep climb anyway, to avoid the weather, which could have stalled the jet’s engines.

Col. Yayan Sofiyan, commander of the warship Bung Tomo, told MetroTV five bodies pulled in by his crew were still fastened in their seats.

I’ll do what I can to update these stories, and to steal time when I can to get back to some decent posting.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/02/2015 at 02:31 PM   
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