One plane crash out thousands of flights does not get the chance to be investigated? Don't you think we already do a ton of checks and balances? So we find that it is human error? Can we control that? If this was the third time this had happened, I would say lets get to the bottom of this but we already are hurting financially and if we join the effort .... I just don't see the point except to appease human sentiment.
Because having someone to blame will make things all better?
I agree with you guys, I just think it's easier to have this viewpoint when you're not personally involved.
I have had similar experience with my father but having a person to blame or his body next to me didn't make things better.
From wikipedia's article on the 777:
The type's first hull-loss occurred on January 17, 2008, when British Airways Flight 38, a 777-200ER with Rolls-Royce Trent 895 engines flying from Beijing to London, crash-landed approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) short of Heathrow Airport's runway 27L and slid onto the runway's threshold. There were 47 injuries and no fatalities. The impact damaged the landing gear, wing roots and engines. The aircraft was written off. Upon investigation, the accident was blamed on ice crystals from the fuel system clogging the fuel-oil heat exchanger (FOHE). In 2009, air accident investigators called for a redesign of this component on the Trent 800 series engine. Redesigned fuel oil heat exchangers were installed in British Airways' 777s by October 2009.
Two other minor momentary losses of thrust with Trent 895 engines occurred in February and November 2008. TheNational Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators concluded that, just as on BA38, the loss of power was caused by ice in the fuel clogging the fuel-oil heat exchanger. As a result, the heat exchanger was redesigned.
So each time they've found a problem and prevented it from happening again. There is definitely value in that.
So you've got (1) the emotional value for the families; (2) preventing future loss; (3) the possibility of finding criminals involved in a nefarious plot associated with this; and (4) the value of feeling safe when you fly because of the insane thoroughness of the safety regulations. I'm not saying that no cost is too great, but there is a lot of value in finding the wreckage.
#4 there is pretty big IMO. The odds of surviving a plane crash are slim. People fly because crashes are so rare. Because its safer to fly than take any other form of transportation. The industry, and all industries that rely on the industry, need to protect that. There's a big value in that.
And yes, I did a complete 180 on this.
1. Who says finding this is a guaranty to sooth their emotions? What if more people die diving for the plane?
2. Not a sure this is a good reason because of vast area and depth of wreckage.
3. If there are criminals, the proof is probably at sea level somewhere. Which already the only questionable guys are the stolen passport men and the pilot with the simulator. Plus if this is terrorist activity why haven't there been any groups trying to take responsibility.
4. So you would not get on a plane now? There is always a possibility that a plane could crash or train derail etc...
Reasonable efforts have already been made and some unreasonably due to misinformation. I am saying again, just because we can't investigate "one" plane crash, doesn't mean that our air travel is unsafe.
Human interest seems to be the true driving factor. If that is worth billions then go for it. I just don't see the need. Maybe they should sell the rights to discovery and they make a show called "Crashfinders" and enlist teams to race to find the plane.