Mine too, of course. HOWEVER.... I guess Freescale didn't have the same policy as its former parent Motorola did, at least back in antediluvian times when I worked there. No more than two people from the same department were permitted on the same flight. Of course, that was long before the jumbo jets of today. By modern standards, the 777 involved in this incidentwas just barely a "jumbo"; the big boys today carry twice as many as this flight did. Something to think about...
"Why so many folks from 1 company on a single flight" was my first business-related thought as well. Very very bad policy for this very reason. It may be uncomfortable for companies to consider tragities such as this and the bean counters are sure to complain loudly but - never ever should so many travel together.
I feel really bad for the families that have to go through this. The safety record for airlines is pretty good, but it's alway a tragedy when an accident does occur.
I often wonder though, in this day and age, why they don't find a way to upload the contents of the "Black Box" to a server on the Internet like "Drop Box" for example, in real time, continuously, while the plane is in the air. Then when the plane lands safely, the data could be erased to save storage space.
It doesn't appear to me to be too difficult and it would be a good project for an engineer. Then, when an accident like this does happen, they would have the Black Box data immediately.
Perhaps engineers should champion for this since the public may not realize how easy that would be to implement on planes that already offer Internet access.
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