In pilots we trust

Ever since a Boeing 777 bound for Beijing went missing, the capital has been abuzz with theories about the plane.

Terrorism? Pilot error? A fatal mechanical malfunction? With each passing day and no sign of Malaysia flight MH370, speculation over the fate of the 239 passengers and crew on board — including 154 Chinese — only grows.

“I don’t want to think about. I don’t dare,” my Chinese teacher Cathy said last week, during a break in one of our lessons. Cathy prefers taking the train or riding in a car over flying because she feels safer on the ground, even though the statistics say otherwise. Continue reading