The Common Disaster and the Unexpected Education: Delta Flight 1141 and the Discourse of Aviation Safety

August 1996 (VOL. 14, NO. 2)

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News coverage of transportation disasters, such as the crash of Delta Flight 1141, reveal the disaster behavior of passengers, flight personnel and rescue workers. Within a mystery framework, the Flight 1141 discourse provides clues that readers can use to construct their own disaster behavior awareness. The media must expand their pedagogical role beyond natural and technological disasters and begin providing basic airplane safety behavior information.