Friday, November 30, 2007
PLANE CRASH AND ANGELS & DEMONS
We all had a feeling as something bad will happen last night. There were at least 3-4crashed cars on the way home. Even N who never has such feelings or dreams etc turn around the house restless and woke up with interesting things to tell.
The daily agenda is full of news. At first I was thinking to write about the Suryani priest kidnapped at Midyat yesterday and released at Batman today.
Germany's handling two PKK terrorists to Turkey is an interesting example for the beginning of the change in European countries behavior against PKK. Price Charles and his Camilla are here since Sunday. Their visit to disabled soldiers at Turkish General Staff's Rehabilitation Center is also an unexpected event.
Or I could write on the Supreme Military Council's meeting, decisions and if President Abdullah Gül will approve the council's decisions, without putting any reservations, to remove certain officers who have engaged in fundamentalist acts or not.
I was even thinking to write on the Annapolis talks or USA Ambassador Ross Wilson's call for breakfast to Kurdish deputies from all parties except DPT (which is said to be in connection with PKK) with Christopher Shays from US House of Representatives.
There are many more important news to think on in daily agenda. Especially the last minutes announcement by PM as the Turkish Armed Forces is authorized for over border operations by the Government. But the airplane crash changed all focus. The cause of the crash, which left no survivors, is not yet known.
According to authorities every evidence till now are surprising and like pieces of a mysterious quiz. Reports are as;
- a transcript of the conversation between the Isparta control tower and the pilot revealed no indication of trouble
- pilot is said to have told the tower: "Isparta tower, we are inbound" at 1:36 a.m., according to the transcript. The tower then replied: "Understood, Atlasjet. Continue to approach."
- conditions at the time of the crash were good. There was no rain or wind, the weather could not have been better."
- the flight's pilots had just returned from training and were extremely experienced.
- the debris of the plane found at a totally opposite place. The rote of the plane is opposite to the crash area.
- according to the condition of the debris, the speed of the plane was less than 250 km per hour, meaning landing speed.
- airport is at 2835 feet, but the debris found at 4500-5000 feet.
- even Isparta Governor, said that the site of the crash did not seem to be on the plane's usual route, "It is impossible to understand how the plane landed there."
And here comes the other interesting part; Engin Arik, a renowned nuclear physics professor at Bosporus University, Istanbul, was among those killed. She was part of a delegation of academics who were scheduled to attend a conference at Isparta university.
She and some of the other 6 dead academicians were working at CERN and ATLAS experiment.
CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the world's largest particle physics centre. It sits astride the French-Swiss border near Geneva. CERN is a laboratory where scientists unite to study the building blocks of matter and the forces that hold them together. CERN exists primarily to provide them with the necessary tools. These are accelerators, which accelerate particles to almost the speed of light and detectors to make the particles visible. Founded in 1954, the laboratory was one of Europe's first joint ventures and includes now 20 Member States.
ATLAS is a particle physics experiment that will explore the fundamental nature of matter and the basic forces that shape our universe. Starting in mid-2008, the ATLAS detector will search for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS is one of the largest collaborative efforts ever attempted in the physical sciences. There are 1900 physicists (Including 400 students) participating from more than 166 universities and laboratories in 37 countries.
Do you remember CERN from somewhere else, may be from Dan Brown's famous novel Angels & Demons...
The novel about a famous scientist of the CERN (from where Internet is supposed to be born) is murdered and the product of his research work is taken away. It is called the antimatter and it can destroy an entire city, but was created with an intention to prove the existence of god scientifically, i.e with good intentions.
Did you also remember the 3 young Turkish scientists found dead (suicide) one after another in a few months, I mentioned earlier? The investigation is still going on for the suicides of the scientists working for the governmental arm researches on high tech equipments...
Wish the 56 plane crash victims rest in peace...still question the whereabouts of the angels & demons...