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Old July 25th, 2007, 08:11 PM
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I so wanted to do the floatplane excurision when we go back to Alaska in September. After hearing about the tragic accident today, I immediately changed my mind. I am now thinking that is a foolish decision. From what I read, the company involved in the accident had never had a fatal accident involving a passenger in 21 years. Will this accident change your mind about doing this type of excursion?
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Old July 26th, 2007, 02:46 AM
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I wouldn't think twice about it. There is always a chance of a crash when in a small plane. A snorkel excursion could go wrong, a tender could have an accident but the chances are SO SMALL you can't go through life worrying.

Though a death is never good and I really do feel for the people and the family, 21 years with the thousands of flights, is a damn good safety record.

You take the basic precautions of safety but you still enjoy life.

Or you can buy souvenirs, made in China, or something from Diamonds International, on your next Alaska cruise.

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Old July 26th, 2007, 09:44 PM
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I so wanted to do the floatplane excurision when we go back to Alaska in September. After hearing about the tragic accident today, I immediately changed my mind. I am now thinking that is a foolish decision. From what I read, the company involved in the accident had never had a fatal accident involving a passenger in 21 years. Will this accident change your mind about doing this type of excursion?
No. The reality is that I would not have done the flightseeing excursion anyway, partly because there are plenty of other worthwhile shore excursions that have a lot less impact on the bank account and partly because I have seen plenty of spectacular fjords.

That said, the crash was bound to happen sooner or later, and most assuredly another one will occur sooner or later. Of course, your odds of a fatal accident are much greater in an automobile than in a sightseeing plane. If you refuse to do anything where you might die in a fatal accident, you won't do very much. In fact, you won't even cross the street!

And if you are afraid of dying, don't ever go to bed. Statistically, that's more likely to be fatal than anything else!

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My friend ... life is full of risks. I certainly would not change my mind about doing a floatplane excursion if that is what you'd like.

From what I've read, the company whose plane was involved in this tragic accident had never had an accident prior. They seemed to be a safety-conscious outfit. This accident was just that ... an accident ...

I've always taken the philosophy that life is full of risks. We can coccoon ourselves ... never stepping over the edge ... in the interest of safety, or we can just make up our minds to enjoy life and the h*ll with the consequences. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying people should be reckless daredevils, but if there's something you always wanted to do and a cruise presents the opportunity to do that (of course, assuming it's with a reputable operator), then by all means, don't let the fear of an accident prevent you from doing that. It would be more tragic than an accident would be.

Let me tell you a quick story. I used to skydive up until 1999 when I suffered a landing accident. While I could have gone back into the sport after my recovery, I made the decision not to for personal reasons. However, occasionally, I will still do a tandem jump with an instructor ... a nice big strong one who can help me protect my legs upon landing. While I was on a cruise in 2006 to Hawaii, I decided I wanted to make a tandem skydive. I hooked up with a reputable outfit (Skydive Hawaii) at Dillingham Airfield on Oahu. While I was at the drop zone that day I found out that just three days prior there had been a double tandem fatality at this same drop zone. An instructor taking a student up for a dive had suffered a heart attack in freefall. They both wound up in the drink (Pacific Ocean) and drowned.

Did that make me question whether I should make my skydive that day? Heck no. An accident like that could have happened to anyone. I knew the owner of this skydiving outfit, knew they were a safe operation, and knew they would do everything in their power to make sure I had a great, successful skydive ... which I did.

Like I said, life is full of risks. We just can't dwell on them. We have to live our lives to their fullest and leave everything else in the hands of the Lord ... or the fates ... or whomever you trust for your ultimate destiny. It's the only way to truly LIVE.

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We're scheduled for the floatplane excursion later this month and would not THINK about cancelling it! As previously mentioned, if you cancelled everything that had a risk, you would be a couch potato! And this will be the experience of a lifetime that we don't want to miss...who knows if we'll be back!

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You can stay in bed and never leave the house. Don't forget over 40,000 people die in traffic accidents. Compared to one float death in 21 years I'll take my chances on the float plane any time your chances of getting to the float plane alive are what you have to worry about.
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I agree with new guy, people get killed driving to work everyday, and those of us that drive every day don't give it a second thought.

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Two years ago my wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary with a cruise to Alaska. One of our excursions was a float plane ride in Ketchikan over the Misty Fjords. Of all the excursions we booked, this one was by far the most expensive, and the best.
I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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Yes, the floatplane was amazing! The best part was after we landed smoothly in the middle of the lake and the pilots shuts off the engine, walks to the door of the plane and says "who wants to get out??" I said "OUT??? WHERE??" 'shore nuff, he lets us stand out on the PONTOONS in the middle of this beautiful COLD peaceful lake! I just HAD to do it and was standing there holding on like DEATH to the plane, but I loved it! It was a risk with my weak knees (having surgery to fix that this Monday!), but I just HAD to do it!

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