Tuesday, 24 November 2015

An eight-year-old was rewarded by delta airlines for his air crash recovery idea

An eight-year-old boy's charming letter to Delta Airlines, outlining a system to help find planes that crash at sea, has earned him a response from the company's CEO - and a whole heap of airline goodies.

The youngster called Ben wrote to Richard Anderson, CEO of the US airline, after watching a television programme Why Planes Disappear, which covered the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
His idea featured "neon orange balloons that rise up to the surface when the plane crashes in the sea", consumerist.com reported.

"The balloon wouldn't be light enough to float up into the air, and it would have reinforced rubber to withstand a lot of pressure," Ben explained. "And put an RF transmitters in the balloon to locate it."

To help executives visualise the proposal, he included a hand-drawn diagram. 

Telegraph reports that he got a reply from the man in charge of safety and security  thanking him forhis ideas and how experts have come up with similar ones and he will pass it down to them. He sent it with some gift items from delta
Ben’s mother Laura, who sent the correspondence to Consumerist, told daily telegraph: “He was so excited. It’s nice that a busy executive took a few minutes out of his day to help a little boy feel like his ideas are important.”

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The search for the aircraft is currently concentrated on a remote part of the Indian Ocean


  1. the kid is an intelligent child, to even come up with such ideas. am amazed by the kid

  2. A brilliant boy and move by Delta Air.