Seventy years ago today
, in the midst of World War II, St. Louis citizens and dignitaries gathered at Lambert Airport to watch a VIP demonstration flight of the CG-4A
glider, which had recently entered service. Aboard the glider
were William Becker
, the Mayor of St. Louis, several other high-ranking city officials, the founder and the vice-president of Robertson Aircraft
(a St. Louis company producing the glider for the war effort), as well as two pilots. Immediately after being released by the tow aircraft, the right wing of the glider sheared off, sending the glider plummeting to the ground
and killing all ten aboard. [more inside]
posted by Chanther
on Aug 1, 2013 -
"Bicycle helmets do an outstanding job of keeping our skulls intact in a major crash. But they do almost nothing to prevent concussions and other significant brain injuries—and the very government agency created to protect us is part of the problem. The time has come to demand something safer
posted by killdevil
on Jun 18, 2013 -
"Gold's crash this weekend is, as Oprah might say, a teachable moment. Crashes like this are a good way to find out how markets work. It's like a game of financial Clue, a way to keep sharp your skills of deduction. You don't have to be a stock investor or a math whiz to figure it out, either – you just have to have a good grasp of news and human psychology."
- the Guardian on this week's crash in gold commodity prices.
posted by Slap*Happy
on Apr 18, 2013 -
Sure the television broadcasts catch every angle of NASCAR wrecks. However, I think views from the grandstands offer a unique view of the thrill and danger of these events. [more inside]
posted by zzazazz
on Nov 24, 2012 -
How do people die in motor "accidents"?
I'll tell you.
With the Christmas "Silly Season" is upon us, the Age has republished And this is how you die
by journalist Roger Aldridge.
A warning - it's pretty graphic. Scroll up for the rest of the article.
posted by mattoxic
on Dec 2, 2011 -
The huge tanker smashed into the Princess Taiping
at 20 knots, violently heaving the vessel out of the water, cleaving it in two. It did not stop to aid the 12 crew members it had thrown overboard and scattered across the night.
Most of the crew, injured and in shock, clung to the partially submerged stern, praying for rescue.
Masao Kinjo, a Japanese sailboat racer, found himself alone, far from his shipmates. The resolute mariner rigged the broken foremast on the front half of the ship and set sail for home
. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt
on Feb 13, 2010 -