A day or so ago I heard about the plane part they found on Réunion. They stated that they believe it’s likely to come from the missing MH370. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t so sure when I first heard it. I thought that it was going to be in the news for a while before being confirmed that it was from a different aircraft. However, that completely changed when they said they’ve also found a suitcase in the same area. I’m now pretty sure they’ve found the right plane. It makes me both happy and sad. That news story was one of the ones that really got to me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who reads about murders, terrorism etc. in the news every day and think ‘That’s horrible’, but then don’t think about it for much longer (sad, but true). However, every now and again there are events that really get to me. Events that I remember for years to come. To this day, there are a few of those that have stuck with me ever since they happened.
The disappearance of MH370
I followed this story pretty closely. I felt for all those who had family members or friends on the plane. Although the whole thing is sad in itself, it was the fact that no one knew what had happened that really got to me. And the fact that there was such a mystery around it along with theories of what could have potentially happened. Plus, I don’t really like flying, so that fear sort of made me feel uncomfortable about it too.
World Trade Center
I’m sure this one got to most of us. I still remember finding out about in while in class in school. The teacher turned on the news on the TV, and at that point, only one plane had crashed into the building. When I got home from school I found out about the second plane and it was such a horrible feeling. At that point though, I remember still thinking that most people would be safe because they would have been able to get out somehow, either by walking down stairs, or being air lifted out of the part of the building above the crashes. Then the buildings collapsed, and I remember that very clearly. Horrifying. I stupidly enough went on YouTube to watch videos of the event and ended up seeing those videos where people jumped to their deaths. I also listened to a 911 call that gave me nightmares for weeks. The call was from someone above the crash and the 911 operator was trying to calm them, but they obviously knew there was nothing that could be done. The call ends when the building collapses.
The 2004 tsunami
I was 16 years old when this happened and what I remember the most was the death toll rising and rising with every update to the news article. Sweden had a lot of tourists in Thailand when this happened so it was widely covered in the news. The final death toll reached over 230,000, out of which 543 were Swedes. Not a big number compared to the overall death toll, but it’s still a crazy large number. To this day I can’t really watch documentaries or anything about it because it makes me really uncomfortable. They’ve even made a movie based on it. Not sure I’ll be seeing that either.
The death of princess Diana
I was only 9 years old when this happened but I still remember when I found out. My dad and I was watching TV when a line of text appeared at the top of the screen saying something along the lines of ‘Princess Diana in critical state after car crash’. We kept checking back and later found out that she had died. To be honest, I wasn’t too familiar with the royal family at that age. I think I might remember it mostly because she was a princess, and I loved the thought of princesses as a child.
There are a few others as well, but these are the main ones that have affected me. What news stories have stuck with you? Sophie