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Going Direct: Speculation Shaming

TWA Flight 800 reconstruction
A photograph of the right side of the large three-dimensional reconstruction, with the support scaffolding visible. (Figure 29)
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There’s an old ethos in flying that pilots should never speculate on the cause of aviation accidents, especially when a high-profile crash hits the news. Some folks are vocal and passionate in sharing their feelings about this unofficial rule, which they often see as an almost religious absolute.

But the world has changed, and with it, aviation. And some of the most important reasons that anti-speculation gatekeepers give for onlookers keeping mum simply don’t make sense anymore, even though admittedly, there are a number of really good reasons to temper our views anyway.

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