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Old 09-23-14, 02:13 PM
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New commuting safety concern?

Yikes, Not a common occurance but living near an airport I wonder how much this kind of thing actually happens.

Airplane panel falls out of sky near cyclist - CNN.com Video

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Old 09-23-14, 03:54 PM
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I'm thinking that's gotta be really rare.
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Old 09-23-14, 04:01 PM
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Where else would a plane fall from?
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 Each person has a one in 2,320,000 chance of
being killed by lightning;


 A one in 3,441,325 chance of dying after coming
into contact with a venomous animal or plant;


 And a one in 10 million chance of being struck by
falling airplane parts.
Although riding near airports probably increases the likelihood somewhat, surely I can find something more probable to worry about.
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Old 09-23-14, 05:11 PM
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In the UK, more pedestrians are killed by helicopters falling out of the sky than are run over and killed by cyclists.
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Old 09-23-14, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
In the UK, more pedestrians are killed by helicopters falling out of the sky than are run over and killed by cyclists.
Do you have the studies and data to prove that??!? [inserts big grin smiley]
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We have an MUP in my town which passes through a very large airport property. It's a restricted area so you need to stay exactly on the path or else the security will get you. I've ridden through it few times, watched airplanes landing and taking off, it's just too loud to stay there for too long.
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Old 09-23-14, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
I'm thinking that's gotta be really rare.
This has happened to me on a few occasions. Not rare at all. If I had a dollar...
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Old 09-23-14, 06:31 PM
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I ride by the airport daily.

Nothing's fallen out of the sky, except that time I was shat on by a bird I flushed out of a berry bush. Purple bird schidt. Stained my hi-viz jacket.
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
I ride by the airport daily.

Nothing's fallen out of the sky, except that time I was shat on by a bird I flushed out of a berry bush. Purple bird schidt. Stained my hi-viz jacket.
Heh, a Canada goose soiled my hi-viz vest recently. Must have had good aim since I didn't see or hear it so it was probably at least a couple hundred feet up. Gross.

The world needs more hi-viz vogelscheiße.
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Old 09-23-14, 07:29 PM
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It didn't say if she was wearing a helmet.
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Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
Do you have the studies and data to prove that??!? [inserts big grin smiley]
I have an anecdoe .
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Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
In the UK, more pedestrians are killed by helicopters falling out of the sky than are run over and killed by cyclists.
You should post this in the Crackdown On Kamikaze Cyclists? thread!
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Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
I have an anecdote .
Did you notice the end of the second paragraph?

On 29 November 2013, a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha Vaults, a pub on the north bank of the River Clyde in central Glasgow.[SUP][1][/SUP][SUP][2][/SUP][SUP][3][/SUP] The aircraft was operated by Bond Air Services for Police Scotland and was being crewed by a civilian pilot and two police officers. The cause of the crash was a double engine flame-out; the cause of which has not yet been determined.
Ten people died in the accident: all three who were on board the helicopter and six on the ground, with another person dying two weeks later from injuries received in the pub.
Sounds as if the last person wasn't involved in the crash at all.
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Sometimes you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was riding home from work one day and a huge wheel/tire came off a passing truck. The wheel bounced down the street at a very fast speed, missing me by a few feet. It probably would have killed or seriously injured me if it hit.
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You are far more likely to be hit by a falling tree than a falling airplane panel. There are loads of studies on the world wide web (aka www).
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Several years ago I was driving down the road and a tree fell in the road and almost landed on my car. In fact I think it might have hit me if I didn't speed up. I looked in my rear view mirror and it hit the road right after I passed it.

That's an unnerving experience! I walked around paranoid for a while after that.
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A handful of people are killed or gravely injured by falling trees in Sacramento every year. It's a thing.
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The Attorney General of Texas, soon to be Governor, was hit by a falling tree and paralyzed while jogging. After his multi-multi-million dollar lawsuit and settlement, he's been trying to limit torts and dismantle the rights of the disabled- pulling up the ladder behind him.

I just think God missed by a tiny fraction, and all Texans are paying for it.
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I live under a fairly active section of airspace. Frontier now makes routine flights in and out of KTTN (trenton-mercer airport), and their aircraft fly extremely low compared to aircraft going to or from other airports.

Should i get a hard hat?

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Originally Posted by J.C. Koto View Post
Heh, a Canada goose soiled my hi-viz vest recently. Must have had good aim since I didn't see or hear it so it was probably at least a couple hundred feet up. Gross.
Those Canada geese should all go back to Canada, even if they didn't come from Canada.
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Those Canada geese should all go back to Canada, even if they didn't come from Canada.
Yeah, deport 'em all. That's what I say!
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Those Canada geese should all go back to Canada, even if they didn't come from Canada.
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Yeah, deport 'em all. That's what I say!
With a warmer climate now pretty much in place, and warmer to come, i think we may see them chill farther north vs sticking around all winter where they do now.

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Originally Posted by TransitBiker View Post
I live under a fairly active section of airspace. Frontier now makes routine flights in and out of KTTN (trenton-mercer airport), and their aircraft fly extremely low compared to aircraft going to or from other airports.

Should i get a hard hat?

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Life insurance.
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Life insurance.
That won't save me head, though!

Maybe i should get a reverse mortgage too...

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