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Old 07-01-2016, 02:20 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by jdirelan87 View Post
Pilots receive years of training but planes still crash, mariners receive years of training but ships still sink. Perhaps being a professional mitigates risk to a degree, but in the end the law of averages will win. Accidents are an unavoidable part of any profession.
Let's be real here. Planes crash, but honestly it's not very often. To compare the number of plane crashes is misleading.

Plus, truth be know, pilots can fall asleep with their planes on autopilot and no one would know or care. No signals to run, no other planes to run into (realistically), no crossings to blow for, etc

Looked at some of the video, and it appeared to be tangent track for miles and miles, so to me looks pretty clear what happened on the part of one or both crews.

Crew fatigue has been an issue since the 1800's. 16 hour service days until the mid 70's, no restrictions on crew calls. Trains still crashed. Probably MORE often, and with more disastrous results because passenger trains were more a thing.

Railroading is a dangerous profession, and the crews are paid handsomely for it. It's part of the job.

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