Looks almost certainly weather related. I had Fox News and CNN on as soon as I got the breaking news page on my phone. Saw the second explosion live on TV.
Yes it looks like everyone survived, which is really fortunate. And it shows that safety procedures on planes do work when you have the opportunity to evacuate, that is that all survivors of the initial crash also survive to leave the plane. While you may have fatal injuries on impact, unfortunately even those that survive the first crash may not make it out of the plane before being overcome by smoke- a real problem in aircraft with hot jet fuel burning plastic, polurethane foam and other synthetics releasing not just the expected carbon monoxide but also highly toxic byproducs like hydrogen cyanide.
So speed and efficiency of an evacuation, along with proper safety traiing certainly saves lives, as we saw today, as long as you get the chance to get out. It reminds me a lot of the Andrea Doria/ Stockholm collision at sea in July 1956. 55 people died, all from injuries when the ships collided in the foggy North Atlantic. None, however, were casualties that "went down with the ship" as many sea disasters had been in the past. This is used as an example, as today's crash doubtless will be too, of a successful evacuation/ rescue from a very dangerous situation where emergency plans are put in place and successfully carried out by crew, potential victims and rescuers. All who could be saved were in both of these cases- unlike Titanic for example.
And if today is a message for people to actually pay more attention to the often joked-about safety lecture on an airliner, all the better. Some crashes are virtually unsurvivable, but as we saw, there are many aircraft emergencies where an evacuation and rescue is possible, and passengers need to remember that.
And my thoughts are with the emergency personnel up there who no doubt prepared for the worst, but still had a stubborn and destructive fire to deal with. Well done, brothers in the North, nonetheless.
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quote:She said one of the flight attendants tried to calm passengers and tell them that everything was fine.
"One of the hostesses said, `You can calm down, it's OK,' and yet the plane was on fire and smoke was pouring in," Dunlop said. "I don't like to criticize, but the staff did not seem helpful or prepared."
Hmmm - since everyone made it off alive and for the most part, unharmed, I'd say that the staff was pretty well prepared. I mean, they're really not going to say "The plane is on fire - everybody panic - we're all gonna die!". It's their job to keep people calm and get them off the plane.
Another passenger quoted in this CNN article says the opposite...
quote:He said the flight attendants responded "very efficiently" and pushed people to hit the slides "as fast as possible."
Of course that's a pretty big plane and perspective might depend on what end you were seated on...
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I was reading on another site that flight attendents are trained to focus on keeping the exits open and people moving out of the plane as quickly as possible in this kind of situation. I read somewhere this morning that some of passengers said there was a lot of pushing and shoving and panic amongst the passengers in the seats, but it sounds like the flight attendents did their jobs and got people out as quickly as possible. They aren't supposed to go into the seats to direct people; they're supposed to man the exits to ensure people get on the slides and out quickly.
Hard to say, though. People can have such different interpretations of what's going on around them in that kind of situation.
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quote: Hmmm - since everyone made it off alive and for the most part, unharmed, I'd say that the staff was pretty well prepared. I mean, they're really not going to say "The plane is on fire - everybody panic - we're all gonna die!". It's their job to keep people calm and get them off the plane.
VERY well put, Jynni. The fact that everyone made it off of there with only minory injuries (if that) is a tribute to the clear-thinking professionalism of the aircrew. I humbly tip my hat to them.
quote: One of the hostesses said, `You can calm down, it's OK,' and yet the plane was on fire and smoke was pouring in," Dunlop said. "I don't like to criticize, but the staff did not seem helpful or prepared."
Put through the BS-to-English translation program:
"I was panicking, and I'm quite upset that the flight attendent didn't panic with me."
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