A deadly plane crash in San Francisco didn't cause any trepidation among several airline passengers Monday in North Charleston — not any more than usual anyway.
“Obviously I thought about it, but I'll fly regardless” said Ryan Garcia at Charleston International Airport. That seemed to be the sentiment among most passengers, either recently arrived or waiting to take off.
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed while landing Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, killing two and injuring more than 180. The flight originated in Shanghai, and arrived in San Francisco from Seoul, South Korea.
“No, we're not really afraid of it,” said Fred Gaskamp on flying so soon after a widely publicized crash.
“We weren't changing our travel plans, but it wakes you up that it still happens,” said Fred's wife, Rosemary. The Gaskamps were in North Charleston on a layover before heading to Las Vegas.
Kevin Sanders, a retired Navy and commercial pilot, brought up a point that is sometimes forgotten, saying that he flies because it's safer than other modes of transportation.
“Aviation's still safer than driving my car,” he said.
Debbie Hoogestraat said she flies less often than she would like to, but will be doing so more often now thanks to a new job. While plane crashes happen, Hoogestraat said they are too rare to have much of an effect on her.
“The chances are so small, I didn't even think about it,” she said.
Clayton Fronk, who had not heard about the San Francisco crash, said he still wasn't worried about flying.
“I didn't even know there was a crash,” he said. “I'm not too concerned.”
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Fred and Rosemary Gaskamp said they weren’t changing their plans to fly because of fear of a crash.×
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