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Fatal Nose Dive

January 12, 2002

Re "Veteran Pilot's Fatal Nose Dive Perplexes Family and Officials," Jan. 8: Pilots who do dumb things give the entire industry a bad name. A person wouldn't try to start his or her car without putting the key in the ignition. Deploying the landing gear on a plane prior to landing is just that elemental.

There is a set procedure to flying. Follow the procedure and flying is as safe as riding a bicycle. Failure to follow the procedures set down in the checklist or manual compares to playing Russian roulette.

Marshall Kline

Los Angeles

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