Plane Crash Makes Some Fearful Of Flying

CLEVELAND - A lot of people with whom 19/43 News spoke on Monday after the tragic crash of American Airlines Flight 587 said that they were somewhat fearful of flying, but that they had to fly for work.

People in that position can't just stop traveling, but some of their family members sure wish that they could.

Carolyn Ockuly, who spends hours in the air as part of her healthcare consulting job, spent much of Monday morning at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on the phone with her worried husband. Ockuly was trying to get to White Plains, N.Y., but was forced to sit out a delay at Hopkins.

"Something like this happens, and it makes it harder to get on the plane, more nerve-wracking," Ockuly said. "It makes it harder when you fly, hoping that you land OK, but you've got to do it. It's my job. That's what I'm used to doing."

Tim Corman is used to building up air miles, and had planned to fly through Newark to go to Paris for business meetings.

"I know that I've got to fly for my job, and so, from that standpoint, I've got to do what I've got to do to support my family and everything else," Corman said.

Nancy Hart was one of the few travelers at Hopkins on Monday morning not flying for business. She was trying to get home to Florida, but said that she's not worried about a crash.

"I'm a two-time cancer survivor, and I don't think I lived to die this way," Hart said. "I will live."

Life will also go on for Ockuly, even though her flight to White Plains was cancelled.

"I think my whole family's glad I'm not going today," she said.

Ockuly said this knowing that she would most likely be back up in the air on Tuesday.

Much of the heightened anxiety at Hopkins lessened after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that there's nothing to indicate that the crash was an act of terrorism.