This week's Germanwings Airbus crash -- and recent reports that the co-pilot may have crashed the plane deliberately -- have left travelers questioning the security of air travel. How can you get on a plane when incidents like this seem ever-increasing? As long-time pilot Patrick Smith explains, he's not afraid to get back in the cockpit, even in the wake of disaster. Here is his response, excerpted from his blog Ask the Pilot:
Leading into the Thanksgiving season, something in the bareness of the trees and drop in temperature made me think of my cousin, Roberto Canessa, one of the two "Alive" survivors that climbed a 14,774-foot headwall to save himself, his friends and, he explained on the phone, his mother waiting in Uruguay.