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All souls on board

Posted by Pamela on January 06, 2006

: I've read the term "all souls on board" in the context of all crew and passengers dying in an air crash ("all souls on board were lost in the accident"). Is the term also used to refer to the living? Would someone say: "Pilot, how many passengers are on the plane?" and hear the reply "We have 200 souls on board?", and if one did, would it be correct to assume that the pilot made the statement in the context of an impending crash? Pamela