RICHARD ORD: The fear factor of Newcastle’s burnt-out plane

Fire demonstration at Newcastle Airport

Fire demonstration at Newcastle Airport

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MY wife’s fear of flying has been well documented in this column and, thankfully, she is beginning to overcome the irrational fear.

It’s about time. Lord knows I’ve tried my best to calm her before flights, though admittedly with little success.

I remember last time we flew abroad, even quoting statistics failed to ease her concerns.

“Look,” I said. “You’re hundreds of thousands of times more likely to be injured in a car accident travelling to the airport, than you are to find yourself plummeting to earth in a blazing aircraft.”

Strangely, it didn’t help.

She did, however, board a plane with the family this year without a squeak. No thanks to Newcastle International Airport, I may add!

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s good that the airport has a fire service on site.

What I don’t think helps calm the passengers is to have the burned-out shell of an aircraft at the side of the runway!

Okay it’s not a real aircraft. But the aircraft-shaped structure they have, presumably to simulate the conditions that may be faced by firefighters, shouldn’t really be in full view of departing passengers.

It is not the most comforting of sights. I only hope they practice on days when there are no flights.