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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Continental Flight 3407

I remember feeling the dread as I first heard the reports of the crash of Continental flight #3407 headed to Buffalo. The news came just weeks after the miraculous landing of US Airways flight #1549 in the Hudson River. Flight 1549 landed in the river but all of the 155 passengers were able to safely walkaway from was certainly destined to be a tragedy. The 50 people on flight #3407 were not as fortunate.

A couple of days after learning of the crash, a friend of mine informed me that one of the victims was actually a co-worker of ours at eAssist. It's incredible for me to think that a person that I interacted with personally for a period of over 3 years was actually on this flight. Perhaps even more amazing, the wife of one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks was on this flight as well. Such a tragedy.

I turned to Twitter with a note commenting at the fact that I knew one of the victims. The number of emails, text messages and other comments that this generated was pretty impressive. Everyone that I had previously worked with at eAssist wanted to know if they too knew the victim and once they knew who it was, they wanted to express their sorrow.

Although I didn't know him well, I know that John Roberts was a very good man, trying to leave a positive impact on the world. The world is a worse place without him in it.

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