Passengers aboard that downed Asiana Airlines flight should have just carried-off after the crash landing last weekend. But images tell a different story. Pictures from the scene show passengers pulling their bags to safety.
“It’s a natural reaction, but it’s always, obviously, going to impede the progress of getting people off the plane. Those items can be replaced. Human lives can’t,” says Professor Cynthia Bir, USC Keck School of Medicine
Amazingly, most human lives in the 777 crash were spared, thanks in-part to innovations like fireproof cabin materials, better doors, slides and seat belts. But still, nearly 200 people got hurt:
“Almost 50% of the people that we admitted to the hospital have at least one spinal fracture. Not all of them are paralyzed, but some of them are,” says Dr. Margaret Knudson, Chief of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital.
Experts say tightening seat belts and bracing for impact can help prevent spinal cord injuries.
But the other issue this downed flight brings up, has to do with pilots. Apparently operators of foreign airlines aren’t held to the same standards as American pilots if they crash in the U.S
“In the U.S., we would expect that post-crash… pilots would be drug and alcohol tested… that didn’t happen in this situation and we’re looking at what the requirements are for foreign carriers operating into the United States,” said National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman.