Posts Tagged 'crash'

Afriqiyah Airways Crash In Tripoli, Lybia

An Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 has crashed at the Tripoli International Airport while trying to land. There were 104 people on board, the lives of all but one are believed to have been lost.

The Afriqiyah Airways flight 771 arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa, after a 9 hour flight, carrying 93 passengers and 11 crew members was about to land at Tripoli at 10 minutes past 6am this morning. The plane was scheduled to continue its journey to London-Gatwick as flight 8U 912, thus a few British citizens were also aboard with other nationalities including South Africans and Europeans bound for other connecting flights. As confirmed by the Dutch authorities, there were 62 Dutch citizens on this flight! All the crew were from Lybia. Nicky Knapp, a representative of the Airports Company South Africa, provided the breakdown in the destinations of the passengers aboard: seven to London, 32 to Brussels, 42 to Dusseldorf, one to Paris, and 11 to Libya. She was speaking on behalf of Afriqiyah Airways.

First reports suggest the plane has exploded in the air before touching down (“It exploded on landing and totally disintegrated,” a Libyan security official told AFP), but these are not yet confirmed. Some burnt airplane parts are also lying on the ground, together with intact airline seats, which would indicate that we may have some survivors. Ambulances are continuously arriving at the scene. Early reports indicate there is one survivor, an 8 year old Dutch child! He is currently undergoing surgery at a local hospital with some bone injuries.

By the afternoon, 96 bodies have also been recovered from the wreckage… Some of the TV footage show a destroyed car wreckage being moved by rescue workers as well – it is unknown at this stage if there were any casualties on the ground as well.

Officials also recovered the plane’s flight data recorder, which investigators use to piece together a flight’s last minutes.

The plane was one of three Airbus A330-200’s operated by Afriqiyah Airways. Carrying the registration number 5A-ONG (pictured here above), it was handed over to Afriqiyah just 8 months ago, thus was a new a plane. The planes in the fleet carry the logo 9.9.99 – the date when the African Union was formed, and this plane was handed over to the airline exactly ten years later, on 9.9.09. Ended her short life after accumulating about 1,600 flight hours in some 420 flights in a very tragic way.

by balint01

American Airlines Jet Overruns Runway At Jamaica Airport After Landing

American Airlines flight AA 331 on December 22, originating out of Washington Ronald Reagan International Airport, stopping in Miami and then heading into Kingston, Jamaica overran the runway at Norman Manley International Airport and broke apart after landing in a heavy rainstorm.


The Boeing 737-800 carrying 148, mostly Jamaican passengers going home for Christmas and 6 crew members reportedly landed on the runway at 22:22 local time after a 90 minute flight from Miami. Then it couldn’t stop and overshot the runway, skidding across the airport’s fences and a rainwater ditch, almost breaking into two parts and after crossing a road, it came to a rest on a beach. The aircraft’s nose only came to a full stop about 3 m’s (10 feet) away from the Caribbean Sea. As you can see on the map below, the plane must have skidded off the runway at the South-Eastern end.

44 people have been hospitalized, mostly with bruises, broken bones and back pains, 42 of whom have been released immediately after the treatments. The first reports claim no deaths nor life threatening injuries. Most witnesses claimed many passengers sustained injuries from hand luggage falling from the overhead compartments – on the head, neck and shoulders. This indicates that the plane must have touched down very hard and may have even bounced on the runway a few times. The plane’s fuselage was cracked at two locations (before and after the wing), both engines broke off and the left landing gear collapsed from the impact. It is not yet known whether the landing gear collapsed during landing, or afterwards when the plane actually overran the runway.

Passengers from the plane have said the flight was very turbulent all the way, with the crew trying to serve drinks three times and finally giving up. The captain also warned before landing that more turbulence is ahead… The crew have directed emergency procedures very effectively and evacuated all passengers onto the beach. Inside the plane passengers claim they smelled smoke and jet fuel, while rain was pouring through the roof where the fuselage was broken.

The plane was delivered to American Airlines in 2001, and had the registration number N977AN. Interestingly, the areas where the plane cracked before and after the wing are almost the same as the Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 that crash-landed at Amsterdam airport in February this year.

by balint01

Turkish Airlines Crash – Amsterdam

A Boeing 737-800 jet owned by Turkish Airlines, crashed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport at 10.40 am local time today (25 February, 2009). The first reports said there were survivors from Flight TK 1591, but the exact numbers of casulties and surivors are still unknown.

There were 135 passengers on the plane: 127 passengers (with 72 Turkish and 32 Dutch nationalities) and 7 crew members according to Turkish media.

(c) CNN

(c) CNN

The first pictures show the plane broken into 3 parts, but there is no sign of fire, therefore everybody is optimistic about the number of survivors.

A few hours after the accident, the Dutch authorities have confirmed that at least 9 people (including 3 pilots) have been killed, with more than 50 injured – 5 of those are in a life threatening condition. By noon local time, all survivors have been escaped from the wreckage, while many lucky passengers have simply walked away after the accident.

Update from Turkish Airlines’ emergency website:Turkish Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight Number TK 1951 from Istanbul to Amsterdam the capital of The Netherlands  was involved in an accident today near the Amsterdam Airport.
The aircraft, a B737-800 was during the landing when the accident occurred, at around 11:30 a.m. local time.
At this time, after the search and rescue operations, we have 9 casualties, and 50 passengers were injured. Turkish Airlines staff has been doing everything possible to assist the emergency services and local authorities.
There were127 passengers and 7 crew members on board Flight Number TK 1951 and we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for this flight.

The plane crash-landed in the fields just outside of Schiphol International Airport, coming to a rest only 150 m’s from the A9 highway. The plane broke into three parts with the aft part totally destroyed, while the front has broken in two around the front part of the wings. Many of the around 50 people who walked away from the plane have left the aircraft in the back where the cabin was wide open after the back of the plane has broken off.

Turkish TK1591 Amsterdam c-by-daan-krans on Airliners.net

The first reports suggested, the plane attempted to land but was too high and instead the pilots chose to abort landing but by then the plane was too slow to fully take off again, and the back of the fuselage hit the ground just after the the end of the runway. This process has been explained both by a passenger onboard as well as by a witness on the ground. However most of the reports are suggesting that the plane was on final approach to the runway which is also supported by the Aviation Safety Network’s Flight Path image. Some witnesses claim that the Boeing was quietly gliding just before the crash – which could theoretically mean that there was an engine failure, or could also mean that the plane has simply ran out of fuel. This second version is also supported by the fact that the plane has not caught on fire after the crash. (Last year a British Airways Boeing 777 crash-landing short of the London Heathrow runway – where nobody was hurt.)

The plane was a Boeing 737-800 with 165 seats. Turkish Airlines flies 52 of these planes in its fleet, while this type is considered as one of the safest airliners in the skies. This particular plane (registration: TC-JGE, name: Tekirdağ) first flew on January 24, 2002 and was originally delivered to Turkish Airlines.

By Szafi and balint01

Airbus A320 Crashes in the Mediterranean Sea

An Airbus A320 has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on 27NOV2008, just 2.5 km offshore Canet-en-Roussillon in Perpignan, southern France. Reports say this was a test flight, with three people found dead and four missing (but feared dead), which would mean none of the 7 people onboard would have survived the crash

The aircraft plunged into waters just off the French coast after taking off in late afternoon with a crew of seven from Perpignan, France, where the plane was being overhauled. The accident occured at around 5pm local time, as the plane was preparing to land after the two-hour test flight. The plane belonged to Air New Zealand and had been leased to the German carrier XL Airways for the last two years. It was to have been returned in the coming days to Air New Zealand, thus it has been repainted to Air New Zealand colours when the accident happened.

The Airbus A320 in XL Airways colors and registration
The Airbus A320 in XL Airways colors and registration (c by Roger Andreasson at airliners.net)

Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe told a news conference in Auckland that two of the crew were German pilots from XL Airways. (Some reports say they were actually piloting the plane on this flight, but this is not yet confirmed.) The others were a pilot and three engineers employed by Air New Zealand and an inspector from New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority, he said.

Three bodies were recovered from the water, and though French Navy boats, planes and a helicopter were continuing rescue search efforts, a spokesman for the French Coast Guard said that it was very unlikely that anyone had survived the crash.

Fyfe told reporters on Friday 28NOV2008, that he still hoped survivors would be found. “I certainly haven’t given up hope,” he said.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, but according to some reports, the spokesman for XL said “the plane tried to make an emergency landing on the sea.” The remains of the plane is currently resting in about 30 meters of water.

by balint01

68 Dies In Kyrgyzstan Air Crash

Shortly after a sad accident of Spanair at Madrid Barajas airport, another aircraft crashed shortly after take off. This aircraft was a Boeing 737-200 operated by Itek Airline of Kyrgyzstan.

The charter plane operated for Iran Aseman Airlines took off for Tehran at 20.30 local time and according to Aviation Safety Network, the captain attempted to get back for an emergency landing, but unfortunately it crashed and burst into flames. 68 people died and 22 survived the crash.

See a short video about the facts by Airsafe.com

And another one by CNN

Itek Air is among the blacklisted airlines, so we do not recommend anyone to fly them.

By Szafi

Deadly Spanair Crash on Madrid Runway

Today at 14:45 local time, a Spanair MD-82 suffered an accident while taking off at Madrid Barajas Airport.

According to the first reports, the left engine caught fire (some reports say there was an explosion) while increasing speed on the ground (approximately 1 km down the runway), and the pilots tried to stop before taking to the sky or reaching the end of the runway. Some reports say the plane actually raised to the skies and then fell back on the ground, to later overrun the runway and break into several parts while catching fire and releasing large plumes of smoke that was visible from a distance around the airport. As seen on the CNN video report there were two plumes of smoke, which indeed would confirm that the plane had broken into at least two parts.

Update (22 august): according to CNN, there was no engine explosion. Read full article here.

Spanair MD-82 (EC-HFP) at Madrid Barajas (by Carl Hendriks on airliners.net)

Spanair MD-82 (EC-HFP) at Madrid Barajas (by Carl Hendriks on airliners.net)

 (The plane carried a Star Alliance livery at the time of the crash, shown on airliners.net.)

173 people were on board flight JK5022 (code-shared by Lufthansa as LH2554 – Lufthansa has confirmed that 7 people checked in to the flight with Lufthansa tickets – 4 of those were from Germany) which was bound to Las Palmas, on the Canary Islands in Spain, only two hours away from the Spanish capital. Of the 162 passengers and 10 crew (6 active flight crew and 4 passive crew members), 140 of them are already confirmed dead (6 hours after the accident) but more are feared for the worst, as according to airport officials, only 26 people were taken to hospital, 19 of those in critical conditions. (UPDATE: 153 people dead and only 19 survived, as of 21 August.) Madrid’s international airport has been closed for a few hours and was partially reopened later this evening. The fire spread to the surrounding area where grass and vegetation also caught on fire, therefore besides the airport fire engines, even helicopters were involved in the firefighting efforts as shown on the image below. According to reports, all fires have been stopped by around 5pm local time.

Putting out fire by Helicopter after the Spanair Crash at Madrid Barajas (August 20, 2008 - c by origo.hu)

Ambulances lining up at Madrid Barajas Airport after the Spanair Crash (20 August, 2008 - c by sky.com)

Ambulances lining up at Madrid Barajas Airport after the Spanair Crash (20 August, 2008 - c by sky.com)

According to the airline, the flight was already more than one hour late, due to a technical issue with the plane that forced the first takeoff attempt to be aborted (!!) as there were failure signals while pulling away from the terminal. The aircraft was inspected and then tried to take-off for the second time, which ended in the catastrophe. The McDonnel-Douglas MD-82 type has suffered other engine fire related incidents before. This particular plane (registration number: EC-HFP) first flew in 1993 for Korean Air and has been operated by Spanair since 1999. It had its last major check in January this year.

Update: here is the list of passengers of the flight JK 5022. It was published by the airline, but as it always happens, it will disappear from the website within a few days, so we copied it here, where hopefully it will remain forver.

Full Passenger List of Spanair flight JK 5022 on 20 August, 2008:

MEDINAVEGA/YAIZA

ACOSTAMENDIOLA/ALFREDO JESUS

ACOSTASIERRA/ALFREDO ALFONSO

DOMINGUEZPEREZ/ISABEL

GONZALEZCABANAS/MARIA LORETO

HERNANDEZGIL/MARCO

MARTINDOMINGUEZ/CRISTIAN

MARTINPEREZ/MANUEL

MENDIOLARODRIGUEZ/GREGORIA

ORTEGA/LEANDRO

VIDALRODRIGUEZ/RAFAEL

AFONSOMARRERO/PEDRO PABLO

AFONSOSOSA/JORGE

AFONSOSOSA/MIGUEL

ALCAZAR/MARIA DE LAS NIEVES

ALCAZARASENSIO/INMACULADA

ALCAZARJIMENEZ/JOSE

ALONSOALONSO/JOSE

ALONSOFILLOY/AMALIA

ALONSOFILLOY/MARIA

ALVARADO/OSCAR GABRIEL

ALVARADO/ROBERTO

ALVARADO/ROBERTO ALEXANDRE

ALVAREZCARRETERO/MARIA

ALVAREZCARRETERO/ROBERTO

ANDRACAGOLZARRI/BEGONIA

ANDRAKAGOLZARRI/ISABEL

ASENSIOCHAVES/MARIA VICTORIA

BACHO/MUKESHMANI

BARBOSARAMIREZ/ELSA

BERNAOLAITURBE/MIGUEL

BETANCORSANCHEZ/VERONICA

BORGE/ESPERANZA

CABALLERO/DAVID

CARPINTERORUIZ/ANGELES

CELISDIBOWSKY/YANINA

CHARILAS/PIERRICK

CHARILAS/ETHAN

CIPRIAN/CARMEN

CONEJO/SARA

CONTRERASBAEZA/MARIA GEMA

CORTESCABRERO/NIEVES

DELARIVA/SERGIO

DELGADOESTEVEZ/LIDIA

DELGADOCORCOBADO/CARLOS

DIAWARA/DEMBA

DIAZGONZALEZ/CLARA

DIAZMENDOZA/MARIA DEL PINO

DIEPALEON/MONICA

DOMIGUEZORTIZ/CRISTINA

DOMINGUEZ/ISAAC + INF

DOMINGUEZMELIAN/ALICIA

DOMINGUEZMELIAN/ARACELI

ERDIL/MUSTAFA

ESTEBANCONTRERAS/LAIA

ESTEVEZGONZALEZ/MARIA LUISA

FALCONDENIZ/AYOZE JAVIER

FERNANDEZ/JULIANA

FERRONOLMEDO/FERNANDO

FILLOYSEGOVIA/AMALIA

FLORESGARCIA/ANA GEMA

FLORESGARCIA/JOSE PABLO

FONTRODRIGUEZ/MARIA JESUS

FORTANNERNOU/MA DEL CARMEN SOFIA

GALLARDO/TAMARA

GALLEGOORTEGA/ANA

GALLEGOORTEGA/CRISTINA

GARCIAHERNANDEZ/CARLOS

GARCIAFERNANDEZ/MARIA RESURRECCION

GARCIAHERNANDEZ/ELENA

GARCIAMARTIN/LAUDENCIO

GARCIADELCARPIOROMERO/JOSE MANUEL

GARCIASANCHEZ/ANTONIO

GARCIA/MARIANO

GOMESSILVA/RONALDO

GOMEZ/CECILIA

GONZALEZDIAZ/PEDROANGEL

GONZALEZFERREIRA/PIL

HERNANDEZ/ABENAUARA

HERNANGOMEZ/PEDRO

HERNANDEZ/ZENAIDA DEL PINO

HERNANDEZ/SIOMARA + INF.

HERNANDEZ TANAUSU

HERNANDEZGUEDES/LUCRECIA

HERNANDEZMARTIN/MARIA TERESA

HERRAEZNOGUERAS/CARLOS

HULT/ANNMARIE

IBANEZSANCHEZ/BETSABE

JULIHENRIQ/AGUSTIN

JULIHENRIQ/MANUEL

LOPEZDUQUE/PILAR

MARQUEZVALLE/PILAR

MARTEL/MANUEL

MARTIN/MONICA

MARTINCONSUEGRAPENA/CRISTINA

MARTINEZCONDE/MERCEDES

MENDOZAMARCIAL/ANGEL JOSE

MOLINORODRIGUEZ/TELESFORO

MORALES/MA TERESA

MORENOPEREZ/RAFAEL

MORILLOPEREZ/PATRICIA

MROTZEK/CLAUDIA

MROTZEK/GERD

MROTZEK/LUCAS

MROTZEK/NIKLAS

MURIANALOPEZ/JUAN

MURIANAMARTINEZ/MERCEDES

NARANJO/JORGE

NARANJO/JORGE

NARANJO/RAQUEL

NODAPENA/FAYNA ELIZABETH

NORIEGAREY/SERGIO

NORIEGAREY/VICTOR

NORIEGARICO/MARIO

NUNEZ/FRANCISCO JAVIER

NUNEZ/MARIA

NUNEZPIRETTI/EUGENIA

NUNEZPIRETTI/JORGE

OJEDAPEREZ/CLAUDIO MANUEL

ORTEGASANCHEZ/M CARMEN

ORTEGADELACRUZ/GABRIEL

OSPINA/GLADYS

PALOMINORIVEROS/LIGIA

PAYERAS/DANIEL

PEREZDEOBANOSLISO/JOSE JOAQUIN

PLACERESPEREZ/INES

PRADOS/BALDOMERO

PRADOS/IGNACIO

PRADOS/JOSE FRANCISCO

PUYECEESAY/MUSTAPHA PAGANNA

PUYEFORTANER/SIRA

RAMIREZGONZALEZ/MARIA LOURDES

RAMIREZRODRIGUEZ/JOSE

REITZSAAVEDRA/ESTHER MARIA

REYESOJEDA/MARIA BEATRIZ

REYMURILLO/MARIA LUISA

RISO/DOMENICO

RIVEROSUAREZ/RAYCO

ROBAINASUAREZ/JOSE VICENTE

RODRIGUEZDAVILA/HONORIO

ROJOROSA/M CARMEN

RONDONUWU/NGUNI TOKA

SANCHEZ/PABLO ENRIQUE

SANCHEZBERNAL/TOMAS

SANCHEZORTIZ/MARIA DEL CARMEN

SANCHEZPEREZ/RUBEN DANIEL

SANGRADOR/JORGE

SANTANACASTILLO/CARMEN ISABEL

SANTANAMATEO/RUBEN

SOSAHERNANDEZ/MARIA DEL CARMEN

STANIMIROVA/ANTOANET

STEFANIDES/ANNA MAIJA

SUAREZESTEVEZ/JAVIER SEBASTIAN

TATEPEREZ/KIM YVONNE

VALLEJOJUNCO/M DEL CARMEN

VALLESMARCOS/FRANCISCO JAVIER

VERANESPEREIRA/ANAM

VILLANUEVAMARTIN/ALEJANDRO

VILLANUEVASANTANA/ALEJANDRO

VILLANUEVASANTANA/DARA

VILLANUEVASANTANA/KEILA

by balint01

Dozens Killed In Sudan Air Crash

A Sudan Airways flight was en route from Amman to Sudan with a stop over in Syria. After taking off from Damascus Syria, the plane was about to head towards Khartoum International Airport, Sudan. In the meantime severe storms were reported from the area, so the plane was diverted to port Sudan. The flight landed without problems and continued its way to Khartoum in the evening.

Sudan Airways crashSudan Airways crash

The weather conditions were still not ideal, but the plane tried to land at Khartoum. It skidded off the runway during landing and burst into flames. Fireworkers started to put out the fire, but unfortunately around 100 people died in the flames.

Sudan Airways crashSudan Airways crash

The reason of the crash is unclear. Officials say it happened due to bad weather conditions, but technical problems might have played a role, too. Survivors said there had been an explosion in the right wing shortly after the plan landed, which strengthens the suspition of technical causes.

So far nothng is published on Sudan Airways’ website.

Photos: AP

By Szafi

Boeing 747 Cargo Crashes During Take Off At Brussels

747 cargo crash, brussels

A Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed in Brussels after take off. The pilot said he had heard a loud noise before the plane crashed and was torn into two at the end of the runway.

The plane was heading to Bahrain today (25 May 2008). The flight crew survived the crash with light injuries and they were taken to hospital. Fortunately the plane did not catch fire when it hit the ground. The rescue team howeever covered the wings with fire proof foam, because it was still full of kerozene.

The plane was operated by the US based Kalitta Air.

The reason of the crash is still unknown.

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(photo: AP)

By Szafi

1 Killed, 10 Injured in German Air Show

A small turboprop plane hit the crowd of spectators at an air show in Germany, Kindel Airfield near Eisenach on 26 April. The small plane failed to take off and it ran into the crowd of onlookers.

1 person, a 45-year-old woman was killed and 10 suffered serious injuries including the 35-year-old pilot. Other seven were lightly injured, including 2 children.

The plane also hit a children’s carousel, which luckily did not operate at the time of the accident.

The aircraft involved was a Zlin Z-37 Cmelak, a Czech built single-seater plane which had been used by authorities in former East Germany as a cropduster.

By Szafi

How To Survive An Air Crash?

Even though Air Transport is by far the SAFEST way to travel, air crashes occur every once in a while. Fortunately the industry is working hard to avoid such situations, and the number of passenger fatalities on revenue flights DECREASED IN 2007 by 20% to 631 from 790 in 2006. You have to look at these numbers knowing that more than 2.5 billion people travel each year on airliners. According to statistics this basically means that the chance of somebody losing their lives in an air accident is 1 to 9 million! This means that you would have to fly more than 50.000 times in your life to challenge your faith this way.

SAS MD80 after crash landing - EVERYBODY survived, due to quick and proper instructions by the flight attendants and due to everybody following those!

Most of the irregular operations on an aircraft however, do not end in an actual crash. But if you’re on that particular flight (like one of the 15 in 2007 that were involved in fatal accidents) there are a few things which you should know, which can actually save your life! The following tips can increase your chance of survival, so they’re good to keep in mind!

1. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and lace boots!
Try to avoid comfortable slippers or elegant high heels as they make moving around the wreckage much harder. Also loose dresses can easily get stuck which also make your moves much harder. If you know that the route will take you above cold areas (like Canada at winter or the Himalayas in Asia), take a warm sweater or jacket with you onboard. Following an accident one of the most important things it to keep the body warm. Long pants and long sleeve dresses may also protect against possible fire burns.

2. Sit in the back rows by the aisle!
In most of the cases, the crash itself can be survived and then you need to move away from the wreckage as quick as possible. For this you should sit close to an emergency exit and in an aisle seat! According to statistics, those sitting in the back rows have 40% more chance of survival than those sitting in the front.

3. Read the Safety Card!
Safety Card by Qantas It may be boring after a while, but let’s pay attention to the safety demonstration before each flight, and even take a look at the Safety Card as the information may be used. The emergency exits are also located at different parts of different aircraft types, you should note those before take off as well. If sitting next to an emergency exit, you should be comfortable about how to operate and open it. This could be your duty if the flight attendants get injured for example.

4. Prepare an Emergency Plan in your head!
If you know the plane is going to crash or emergency land, you have a few minutes to prepare before the actual situation. In this time, check the exits again, and possibly count the number of rows in between. This may be useful in case of darkness or smoke in the cabin as you actually may not be able to see the exit. Let’s try to identify the type of soil where the plane would land. If it’s water, don’t inflate the lifejacket as if the cabin gets filled up with water, it would press you against the ceiling, making escape impossible. Also if you land on water, take a sweater or the blanket along against getting cold.

5. Always fasten your seatbelt!
It may be uncomfortable, but keep the seatbelt fastened throughout the whole duration of the flight. Also make sure it’s tight, as in case of a crash landing, the distance between the body and the belt may multiply the g-force on the body. Also you should be aware of how to open the belt the quickest way, as after the accident, speed counts the most. If you have time before the crash, remove any sharp objects from your pockets (pen, pencil, etc., even eyeglasses) as they may cause injury. Best if you don’t even have those on you!

6. Take on an Emergency Position!
If you are aware that the plane will have a crash, try to chock up yourself as much as possible. Move your seat to an upright position, and take on one of the emergency positions:

Brace Position

A) If the seat in front of you is close, put one your palms on the back of the seat, cross the other hand and put the other palm on your lower arm, and move your forehead on the two lower arms. Never cross your fingers!

Brace Position 2.

B) If the seat in front you is farther away, lean forward and put your chest on your thighs and place your head between your knees, take hold of your ankles with your hands.
In both cases, leave your feet on the ground, a little bit below the line of the knees. These positions also prevent damage to your spine at the crash.

7. Don’t move until the plane comes to a complete stop!
Most of the cases passengers survive the first crash, but the fuselage may “bounce” and most of the injuries happen at this time. Try to place your hand luggage under the seat in front of you and not in the overhead bins, as if a bag is there, it may prevent your feet or legs from being caught in that space.

8. Keep calm!
It is very hard to keep calm and not panic right before and after such a crash. Let’s think about which direction is the safest to go, and try to give maximum chance for your survival by thinking calmly about how to do it!

9. Take on the Oxygen Mask!
You should always take on your own mask, before helping others. In case of loss of cabin pressure these masks are only required for a few minutes, while the pilot navigates the plane to a lower flight level, where the outside pressure is high enough so that you can breath normally. Don’t be afraid to take it off and leave it behind after this has happened.

Safety Mask Demonstration

10. Protect yourself from the smoke!
In most of the cases, the fire and the smoke after an accident takes the most fatalities. The smoke inside the cabin is usually thick and has poisonous gases. The best you can do is to put a cloth in front of your mouth and nose. If you have a chance, make the piece of cloth wet, even with your own urine if there is no other way, it also reduces the risk of internal injuries if your bladder is empty. It may sound disgusting but it works and may save your life!

11. Leave the aircraft immediately!
The most important after a crash has happened is to leave the wreckage immediately! Don’t sit around stunned and waiting for instructions, GET MOVING as soon as possible. In the aisle or if it’s not possible, on the top of the seats, try to avoid crawling underneath as other passengers may bury you. If there is a fire or smoke, according to studies, you have about two minutes to leave safely. Quick evacuation is what helped all onboard to survive the China Airlines’ accident last year.

12. Leave your luggage behind!
You may have “valuable” things in your carry-on luggage, but leave them all behind, as the most valuable thing you have is your own life and such bags would only reduce your – and that of other fellow passengers – chance of survival as they slow you down and may get stuck, etc.

14. Check the other side!
Check the other side of the exit, as if there is fire or any other danger, it’s better to try on the other side.

Emergency Exit opening instructions

15. Quickly move away from the wreckage!
As soon as you’re outside the plane, get away from the wreckage as quickly as possible, as an explosion or fire could happen at any second. At the same time, if your plane “landed” in a remote area, don’t move too far away, as the rescue teams will look around the wreckage for survivors. If we land on water, swim as far as you can. The best is to remove your shoes, and any other non-useful dress items in the cabin or before jumping in the water as those make swimming only harder, but don’t leave a sweater or a jacket behind.

16. Follow instructions by flight attendants!
In general, if the flight attendants have survived the crash, always follow their instructions, as they have been trained for such situations. They may not be nice, rather rude with short, straight sentences in a militaristic tone, but that’s what helps in such a case.

If everybody follows these instructions, all passengers can get out of a crash-landed plane very quickly, just take a look at this video of an evacuation test on the new Airbus A380 super-jumbo!

We hope none of us would have to use any of the items in this article, but it’s always better to be prepared!

by balint01


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