21 people aboard the ship were rescued, and no major casualties were reported.
“It’s not as rare as you think,” Granthshala aviation analyst Mary Schiavo said of the fact that no one died.
Modern aircraft are designed for passengers to be able to evacuate within 90 seconds, according to Schiavo, a former inspector general of the US Department of Transportation and an attorney who represented fliers and crew members of many aviation accidents. Is.
“I’m going to give credit to both the Federal Aviation Administration … and the International Civil Aviation Organization that have implemented evacuation rules, you have enough doors and emergency exits on modern planes to get people out,” Schiavo said. . “And it has been documented to save thousands of lives.”
“If you put the pictures of those four flights together … you’d be stunned how similar the pictures look because it’s a complete catastrophe,” Schiavo said. “The landing of people is a testament to going out of protocol and getting out of planes.”
The FAA standard requires that aircraft manufacturers demonstrate all passengers and crew can evacuate an aircraft within 90 seconds through live demonstrations or testing and analysis of simulated evacuations.
‘We thought it was going to explode’
On Tuesday, an MD-87 carrying Houston Astros fans to their team’s game against the Red Sox in Boston never gained altitude on takeoff and crashed into a fence before bursting into flames. .
“We were going down the runway, and suddenly they slammed on the brakes,” the unidentified passenger told KHOU.
“Things were flying around and when it finally stopped, they just said ‘Get out, get out’ because we thought it was going to explode,” said the man.
Emergency slides were deployed and passengers were able to slide down safely.
Officials said two people with minor injuries were taken to the hospital.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived at the scene on Wednesday morning. The cause of the accident could not be ascertained.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt., the plane flew about 500 feet before the crash. Stephen Woodard.
“It’s a good day. It’s really a day of celebration for a lot of people,” Woodard told reporters on Tuesday.
‘It’s technology that saves lives’
Experts attribute higher survival rates during airline accidents to the use of more flame-resistant cabin components such as fabric and padding, safer and stronger seat designs and better floor lighting.
“It’s technology that saves lives, and it did in all four of these accidents,” Schiavo said.
Aviation accidents are very rare and according to experts, most are survivable. Most commercial aviation accidents, they say, happen at take-off or landing.
“One thing you can say for sure is that there are evacuation rules and a sufficient number of aircraft exits and there is material that will not catch fire in the cabin without a doubt being more flame resistant materials, and that is well documented. ,” Schiavo said.
Schiavo said the first thing she does on a flight is find the exit.
“When I board that plane, I make notes to myself and say, ‘The nearest exit to me is three rows back and two rows back,’ or whatever happens,” she said.
“I know where the exits are. And I always try to get myself as close to the exit as I can,” she said. “And if I’m in the aisle and my exit isn’t an exit row I look for my way to the exit.”
Schiavo also recommends keeping shoes on during a flight.
“Please wear sensible shoes and leave them on until after takeoff,” she said. “I see people boarding with flip flops and I think if you have to get up and run and you fall or you can’t run, you’re not only going to hurt yourself, you’re going to hurt dozens of others.” The people on this plane are going to hurt. So get some shoes.”
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