Strength of the human spirit evident in many air disasters
Statistically, flying is the safest form of travel, but when things do go wrong - as with the Colombian tragedy that left 71 people dead - the results can be disastrous. Yet, as reports in this newspaper today show, even in the most horrific of circumstances the strength of human nature to survive can be remarkable.
And equally remarkable is the courage shown on such occasions, often by the emergency services as they pull gravely-injured people from the wreckage, or by heroes - a word he detests - like Harry Gregg, who rescued other passengers in the Munich air disaster. We may forget their deeds, but they never can, such is the trauma they experienced.