Asiana Plane Crash Raises Survival Questions

Asiana Plane Crash Raises Survival Questions

They were best friends spending the summer in the U.S.A., now, there is word that one teen from China survived the plane crash in San Francisco over the weekend, only to be run over by a fire truck speeding to her rescue.

A fire department spokesperson said at a press conference, "There has been information and evidence to suggest that one of our fire apparatus may have come into contact with one of the two victims, the deceased at the scene."

The first photos inside Asiana Airlines Flight 214 show passenger seats crushed by the forced landing and oxygen bags hanging from the ceiling.
A video shot by a man who lives near San Francisco International Airport showed the moment the plane hit the sea wall at the end of the runway. You can hear his shocked reaction as he repeats, "Oh my God."

Watch Aviation Expert John Lucich Discuss How the Asiana Airline Plane Went Down

The fact that 305 passengers and crew survived this is more evidence that you can survive a plane crash. A lot of it depends on where you are sitting. The back of the plane is usually safer than the front, aisle seats are safer than window seats. Seats within five rows of an exit are the safest in terms of getting out if there is a fire.

Aviation expert John Lucich says simple things can keep you alive.

Lucich said, "Number one, you want to make sure you are wearing flat shoes. Number two, you want to make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes, if you have to climb or get out or reach, you can do so easily. You want to make sure you know where your seat is and where the exit row is, so you know how many seats are in front of you and how many are in back of you. You have to count them, before something happens."

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Last year, the Discovery Channel deliberately crashed an unmanned plane in the desert in hopes of discovering the information we need to get out alive. Cameras mounted inside recorded the impact and sensors measured the effects on crash test dummies. The video showed that bracing for impact with your head down and hands locked behind your head dramatically decreases your odds of survival. A coach seat in the back of the test plane proved to be better than flying first class in the front. Passengers in the first seven rows would have not made it out alive.

Remember, 95% of all plane crash victims survive and live to tell the tale.

Lucich said, "I really believe it was the actions of this flight crew that actually saved more lives."