Boeing’s first fatal 777 crash sparked spooky tale of the ‘curse of seven’

Boeing’s first fatal 777 crash sparked spooky tale of the ‘curse of seven’


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Boeing's first fatal 777 crash sparked a wave of spooky theory of the 'curse of seven' which led to its ill-fated landing.

In many cultures around the world, seven is considered a lucky number, but on this occasion the presence of the number in such abundance was seen as a negative for South Koreans.

On July 6 (but July 7 in South Korea) in 2013, Boeing's Asiana Airlines Flight 214 took off from Inchon International Airport and crash landed at San Francisco international airport, bursting into flames, killing two people and injuring 182 others.

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It was the first fatal crash of the 777 since the aircraft type entered service in 1995.

Two 16-year-old girls from China died on the flight, which had a total of 16 crew members and 291 passengers aboard.

However, it wasn't long before the coincidences surrounding the 777 aircraft saw attention turn to the number seven and spreading rapidly online.

The flight had 77 citizens from South Korea and 142 passengers from China and Japan (the sum of numbers one, four and two makes seven), 61 U.S. citizens (six plus one also makes seven) and 16 crew members (one plus six is seven).

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The two late teenagers could also be used as part of the seven collection by adding the numbers in their ages (1+6) up.

The South Korean media turned attention to the number 7 in the flight number, 214, ("two", "one" and "four" equalling seven).

RIA Novosti notes that 43-year-old pilot Lee Gang-guk who flew 43 hours in total in this very Boeing 777 operated the plane.

The sums of the numbers in his age, and hours flown, giving two sevens again.

Online communities and social media came alive with comments saying it was "creepy to call it a coincidence", helping with the paranormal story and adding to the power of the 'curse'.

However, a lot of web users reacted negatively to the spread of the framing-style ghost stories, with one saying: “Let’s not spread any ghost stories, even considering the feelings of the families of the dead and wounded.”

While another said: “Greek stories like the ‘Curse of the Seven’ that are fun, only aggravate people’s anxiety."

However, contrary to the abundant presence of the unlucky number seven, investigators concluded that the accident was caused by the flight crew's mismanagement of the airplane's final approach.

Contributing factors included deficiencies in Boeing's documentation of complex flight control systems and in Asiana Airlines' pilot training.


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