``I must give him his due. He has considerably cretinized me.'' Lautréamont

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Coney Island Tourist Plane Crash Kills 4

The reason that aviation crash reports are always, always, always impossibly wrong is that _they're not even trying to get it right_. It puts off women readers if they get it right. Women don't know about wings stalling, but they know about engines stalling. ``Yes, that's happened to me.'' Women like to relate. If the reporter got it right, the editor would change it for the women.

Witnesses said the Cessna 172S was circling above the beach when the engine stalled, and the aircraft quickly plunged. The pilot tried to right the four-year-old plane after it went into a tailspin, said Herbert Lecler, 51, who was fishing on the beach.


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