Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Thank Safer Planes for Zero Fatalities in AIRES Plane Crash

The media has been quick to thank the Almighty for the fact that there was just one fatality after a devastating AIRES plane crash in the Colombian island of San Andes, calling it a miracle. However, it might have been less divine creatures, including aviation engineers and scientists who might have been responsible for the fact that the Boeing 737-700 split into three pieces while attempting to land on runway, but no passenger was killed on impact.

The only fatality that occurred after this accident was a 72-year-old woman who suffered a heart attack after the crash. Considering the devastation of the tragedy with the plane completed destroyed and in three separate pieces, it's easy to see why people would consider this a miracle. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the fact that there were no multiple fatalities or injuries was the result of the efforts of aviation engineers and scientists over the years.

Back in the 80s, a plane crash like this would have resulted in almost all the passengers being killed. However, since the 80s, the Federal Aviation Administration has required stricter standards on airplane jets. These have included plane seats that can resist impact upon a crash, enhanced emergency lighting, enhanced fire protection systems and accessible exits. Earlier, an accident like this would typically have resulted in a massive fire, or the plane careening off the runway and hitting a natural or man-made object, contributing to multiple fatalities. None of that happened here, and that has been largely due to the stress on more safety devices in place to prevent fires, explosions and disintegration aircraft on the runway.

The fact that all passengers survived intact is laudable, but not rare. In fact in recent years, many plane crashes that have involved low altitude crash landings, have not resulted in multiple fatalities or injuries. California aviation lawyers will have the efforts of our engineers and scientists to thank for this, and not any Almighty powers.

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