do they crash so often?
I think its more about the perception ppl have that they do. To explain what I mean - off the top of my head I can probably think of about 10ish ufo
crash reports that would stand up to some serious scrutiny.
Now they're the ones that have become public, so lets be really generous and say there's at least 50% that are not known, so that gives us 15
crashes that span over 50 years.
Now look at the stats for aeroplane crashes in one year alone. I did a quick search on google and from the first page got a link to a pdf file that
was concerned with South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority.
You can view it
scroll about half way down and you can see a very generalised 146 crashes for aircraft for the year 2001. Now that's just for one country, and
looking through the document, the definition of 'aircraft' can range from microlights to large jets, but my point is this.
If that's one countries stats, you can imagine that other countries have higher or lower %'s based on levels of safety, numbers of flights etc....
but I think you can make a general assumption that there's approx. 1000 crashes a year....... compared to say 15 over 50 years..
even with all the technology, I think they still crash because nature being nature, accidents will happen. There was allegedly a thunderstorm around
the estimated date of the Rowsell crash.. was it hit by lightning? dunno, some say that there two craft involved, did they hit each other? again, I
dunno, is radar a cause? beats me, but in the grand scheme of things its possible.
Perhaps the flux capacitor burnt out
Thing is, things break in whatever way, accidents happen, but its important to get it into perspective. They aren't dropping out of the skies like
flies just yet.