Oh Sunny......I'm just so sorry you are going thru this challenge.
This IS a shocking tragedy...and yes, it's appropriate to discuss it here. You are correct in sheilding your Mom from exactly what has happened so near to all of you. She simply would not understand.
Please don't let this tragedy make you afraid of flying. It is so much more dangerous on our roadways! I fly 2-3 times a year...and know I'm safer in the air than down here on our roads...but I DO understand what you're thinking.
Thank you for taking the time to remember the loved ones of those who were lost...and for being the tender-hearted daughter you are! XOXO Pam