Yesterday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed near Addis Abba in Ethiopia, killing 149 passengers and 8 crew members. Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed 6 minutes shortly after take-off, very similar to what happened to Lion Air 610, where all passengers and crew members lost their lives. No matter how safe they say it is, but being inside an airplane, a life support system flying at 40,000ft is still very risky and anything can happen.
To the passengers, riding in an aircraft is still like putting their own lives at risk given the harsh environment up there, but they only do this on an irregular basis. But for the pilots and cabin crew on board, they put their own lives at rish everyday as they report to work, board, and operate an aircraft.
We still have no details on the crew aboard ET302 but we can just imagine how that morning went for the flight attendants on those flight prior to the tragedy.
It may have been a normal work day for them, saying goodbye to their loved ones, heading straight to the airline office, signing in, attending the briefing, and enjoying a chitchat with their fellow colleagues before boarding their flights. Some may have made plans right after they land, and perhaps, some are already praying for a safe flight which they must be doing on a regular basis. Little did those flight attendants on board ET302 know that that may be their last goodbye. To their colleagues on the ground who they must have enjoyed a short chitchat together, little did they know that it would be their last time to send out their "safe skies" to their fellow colleagues.
A flight attendant's primary duty is to ensure the safety of all passengers on board, but flight attendants are also human beings and are mortals. In fact, if that aircraft crashlanded in one piece and passengers survived the impact, flight attendants may stand a chance of still losing their very own lives as they are the last to leave a fallen aircraft, making sure that all passengers are safe and off the wreckage. Even as fire billows the dark cabin, a flight attendant stays for as long as there are passengers who have not been evacuated yet. Every split second counts as an explosion may be imminent with these flight attendants doing their job of making sure no one is left inside, and this is where they may lose their own lives.
While others pray that they make their connecting flights or that they arrive on time, every flight attendant's wish is to simply arrive safely, and for them not to bid their final goodbyes. They are prepared to apply what they were trained to do during an unfortunate and unwanted situation but how they wish they need not do that because even if they are prepared to lose their lives in favor of the lives of other passengers, they too have their fears of losing their own. As we say, flight attendants are still human beings.
Despite the glamourous reputation of their jobs, the risk and dangers are real, anything can happen.
A flight attendant steps inside an aircraft 6 days a week, and up to 4 times a day. It may seem all glamorous but the danger and risk of being in that job is very high. During unfortunate incidents, flight attendants are the last to leave an aircraft while saving the lives of 100+ passengers. This is why being a flight attendant is not just a job, it is a calling, a calling to save lives even if they have to put their very own in great danger."
Today, flight attendants all over the world are mourning the loss of fellow colleagues, fellow cabin crew. And with this mourning comes prayers and support for each other for safe flights all the time.
Be kind always to your flight attendant serving you and ensuring your safety. Air accidents may happen anytime. Even if they say that air travel is 99% safe, there is still that 1% that it's not, and it may happen to your flight. If the unfortunate happens, the flight attendant you might have shouted on may be the same one who will say her "last goodbye" because she wanted you not to say yours.
We would like to send our prayers to the passengers and crew of ET302. We also would like to wish everyone safe skies and we pray for your safety all the time.
To be a flight attendant is not for the weak. It is for brave souls, the type who were designed to be heroes, the type who are ready to dedicate their lives for others."