DISCUSSION: Although weather can often have a variety of profound and interesting applications to real-life situations, sometimes the impacts of weather (and in particular, those impacts emanating from severe weather) can be quite unexpected and quite violent at times. In looking back to August 2nd of 1985, this date marks a little past the 32nd anniversary of the terrible crash of Delta Flight 191. During this tragic event, neither the crew aboard the aircraft nor air traffic control was aware that below what appeared to be a rather insignificant thunderstorm existed a strong downdraft of cold, dense air. Such cold, dense air beneath can, often does, and this case did ultimately induce the occurrence of a microburst which destabilized the aircraft's ability to maintain stable flight. Upon final approach, the pilot of the Lockheed L-1011 ran into the microburst and was unable to lift out of it. He lost control of the aircraft, hitting several objects on the ground before finally crashing into a water tank near the runway. 133 people were killed and 31 were injured. This event would go on to prove the value and sincere importance of having both commercial and private aircraft pilots be weather-ready at all times so they are fully prepared for situations such as this one.
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