Thinking of all those involved in the Aircrash in the Alps.

I feel I have to write a few words on the tragedy in the Alps. Many countries are mourning the victims of the crash in the Alps, with more than a dozen nations involved. French President Francois Hollande, seen here between Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has promised to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with all of those affected. They will need to in the days ahead.


It is a another aircraft tragedy that makes my small health problems vanish. I could not get away from it as the papers and television was full of it during my time in hospital. I cannot imagine the grief of the families  and crew feel of all involved and my thoughts are with them. To see the photos of the crash site we must not forget is not of a smashed aircraft all over the mountain but it contains the bodies of 150 people involved. The rescue and recovery will be an extremely difficult task and I feel for those involved. The recovery of the casualties especially as there are children involved will be tragic and we must never forget that this is a human tragedy that will affect all involved. The fact that there are so many involved makes it even worse and the news it may have been caused by the pilot as a suicide act is hard to believe. I worked with a few of the French  Mountain Police in the past in our early Alps trip in the 70’/80’s. They are excellent people and will be out in force in this tragedy and they will need like all others involved strong leadership to cope with the work they have to do. They are a caring bunch and helped me with a few tragedies in the Alps in the past involving friends but this will task even their expertise.


I have to turn the television off and not watch anymore, memories of Lockerbie and other aircraft tragedies that I have been to will haunt me for the rest of my life. This like Ukraine aircraft crash is so awful and brings so many flashbacks but is part of my life. ( I mentioned this in hospital as the effects of the drugs can give me nightmares) Few will never know what the recovery of the remains of the people is like especially in a remote and difficult mountain area. The effect of hitting a mountain at 400 mph is carnage.   Few will if any on scene will have seen such carnage and destruction.It will take weeks to sort out and that is if the weather holds it will be a hard job for all concerned.

Do we need such incredible footage and such descriptions of the last few minutes of that tragic flight? This is the way we live now it is non stop media every minute and nothing left to the imagination. How society has changed.

The little mountain village will never be the same and once the cameras and media go there is some job ahead. As always mountain people will cope and always help those in trouble in remote areas but their lives may never be the same again as for the families and relatives my hearts bleeds for them.

At least we know a bit more about the effects of such trauma  on the mind and I hope and pray that all get the help they need. It was hard-won over many years and many are still living with it. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is real it effects the toughest of people and I hope that all who need help get it.

The effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Well worth a read and how we now acknowledge and cope with it.

The effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Well worth a read and how we now acknowledge and cope with it.

If this happened in UK over the mountains in a remote area in bad weather how would we cope nowadays? I wonder?

“Man’s inhumanity to man” never amazes me!

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Thinking of all those involved in the Aircrash in the Alps.

  1. I remember the long convoy of fire engines and police returning late in the evening through a town from a day dealing with fierce forest fire in Southern Alps. All the locals came out of their houses to stand by the road & everyone in the pavement cafe’s stood up to clap and cheer them home. Still strong communities in rural France.

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    • heavywhalley says:

      As in most mountain rural areas but this will have s huge effect for ever – Lockerbie has dealt with it very well with a reverence for all involved – you will find that many will return in the years to come who lost family and relatives or were involved in the tragic recovery!


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