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Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, Alaska Airlines, AS2314, SEA-YVR, SEA, YVR, Lake Washington, Medina, Bellevue, highway 520, Seattle, Washington, USA,

Fotoeins Friday: Above the world’s longest floating bridge (Seattle)

16 March 2017.

After a few weeks in Germany, I’m returning to Vancouver via Seattle. The short aerial hop with Alaska Airlines has just departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the plane has made the turn towards the Canadian-American border. Pressing first my nose and then my camera against the plexiglass, familiar sights greet me on the northbound flight.

Opened to traffic in 2016, the new Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (or “520 bridge”) over Lake Washington is a floating pontoon bridge for Washington State highway 520 connecting Seattle Montlake in the west with Medina and Bellevue to the east. At a length of 2350 metres (7710 feet), the span is the longest floating bridge in the world. In the aerial view shown above, the scene faces east along the bridge to Medina and towards the illuminated office towers in downtown Bellevue (upper right). At bottom left and right are the Seattle neighbourhoods of Laurelhurst and Madison Park, respectively.

I made the photo on 16 March 2017 with a Canon 6D, 24-105 L zoom, and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 55mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as

“My airline is more important than your safety”

I guess when airline companies are on the road to slow economic recovery that a natural event such as a volcano eruption might happen to disrupt even the best of plans … even if volcano eruptions have been occurring since geologic time, and Iceland is a known active volcano zone. I guess as well that companies are just itchy to fly especially after limited test-flights were carried out by BA, LH, and KL. I also guess that companies would prefer to go out and regain their customer base as soon as possible. I suppose that the various agencies which have kept European airspace closed have been “overcautious without the most up-to-date facts”, have been “relying too heavily upon statistical or model data”, and are simply “inconveniencing” stranded customers halfway around the world as well as families of tourists returning from vacation. I might also guess that the companies would like to “blame” these same agencies, and by “natural extension”, the E.U. for economic losses incurred; airline companies are now beginning to look for government help, though the word “demand” comes pretty close. I don’t suppose these various governments would help all companies around the world for their respective losses in productivity or their respective employees for their lost wages …

Should any plane develop trouble going between SFC and FLT 350, I suppose that the first fingers of blame would be pointed at the very same agencies monitoring European airspace. The accusations would fly: the airspace authorities were not sufficiently careful to warn airline companies of the inherent dangers of flying through ash, and these authorities were being careless to put airline-staff and their customers at risk.

Well, I guess if the companies are yelling the loudest, they must all be true, all of the time.

– HL, 2105h GMT, 19 April 2010.

PostScript 1 : 2145h GMT, 19 Apr 2010

See also this BBC article regarding British Airways flight 009 (24 June 1982) and how the Boeing 747 lost all four engines as the plane went into an ash cloud, and the Wikipedia article for more information about the flight.  As always, your kilometrage may vary.

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